Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism


Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, DC

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral research scientist to develop new and improve existing models for computational geodynamics. The prime responsibility of this position that is funded for two years is to improve the parallel scaling of Fortran and C/C++ based codes using PETSc for applications in mantle convection, including the dynamics of subduction zones and mantle plumes.

The postdoc will work primarily with DTM researchers Peter van Keken and Cian Wilson in collaboration with Columbia University researcher Marc Spiegelman. The ideal candidate is a computational scientist with extensive experience in parallel computing using MPI and PETSc, is skilled in programming in C/C++, Fortran, and Python, and has experience with finite element methods. Experience with FEniCS is a plus. The successful candidate will become part of an active solid Earth geophysics group that has five staff scientists and several postdocs that specialize in seismology, geodesy, and geodynamics.

A C.V., cover letter with a statement of interest in the position, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted through the “Apply Now” link below by November 1, 2017. Please address any questions regarding this position to Peter van Keken ( The Carnegie Institution 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.