Job: Laboratory Technician in High Pressure-Temperature Science

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab


Location: Washington, DC

The Geophysical Laboratory (GL) of the Carnegie Institution of Washington seeks a highly-qualified applicant for a Laboratory Technician position with expertise in high pressure-temperature science (HPT). This full-time, exempt, technical position comprises a range of responsibilities and opportunities. The principal role of the HPT-technician is to support and maintain the wide-ranging HPT experimental facilities at GL. The HPT technician will report to the Director and will work to support the research activity of GL staff, research scientists, and postdoctoral fellows. The technician will also have the opportunity to work closely with GL scientists and machinists in the design, development, and implementation of new HPT techniques.


The HPT technician will provide specialist lab support for our high P-T facilities including:

  • one-atmosphere furnaces including gas mixing
  • cold-seal hydrothermal cells
  • large volume presses (piston cylinder, Paris-Edinburgh, multi-anvil)
  • diamond anvil presses (gas-loading; laser heating)  
  • sample preparation and micro- and nano-fabrication


The HPT technician will also provide general lab support including:

  • basic training for users
  • supply of compressed gases to labs
  • installation and removal of equipment
  • safety support for labs


Minimum qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in experimental petrology, mineral physics or related high pressure-temperature or engineering science
  • Experience working in a high PT lab or facility


Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more of the following high-PT techniques: cold seal, piston cylinder, multi-anvil (Kawai and/or Paris-Edinburgh), or diamond anvil
  • Experience with synchrotron based high-PT experimental techniques
  • Experience with sample preparation and fabrication techniques (e.g. polishing, FIB, laser machining)


As a department in the privately endowed Carnegie Institution, GL enjoys institutional support together with external funding to conduct world-leading research in areas of earth, planetary, and materials sciences. GL currently has 13 staff scientists and more than 20 research scientists and postdoctoral fellows.GL is co-located with the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), a department of similar size to GL, as part of the Broad Ranch Road research campus.


GL intends to have this position filled by September 1, 2019. This full-time, exempt position will be based at the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution’s Broad Branch Road campus in Washington, DC. Interested applicants should submit a CV with publications (if applicable), contact information for three references, and a cover letting stating your interest in the position.


The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.