Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate–Synthesis and characterization of new forms of silicon

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

The Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel silicon allotropes. The position will focus on using solid-state methodologies, including high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, to synthesize and characterize unique allotropes of silicon with enhanced optoelectronic properties. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental chemists, physicists and materials scientists as well as theorists. Please refer questions to

Minimum qualifications:  A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field is the requirement for this position.

Desired qualifications:  Candidates should be familiar with solid-state synthesis methodologies and have experience in solid-state / semiconductor physics including electrical transport and optical characterization. Understanding of high-pressure techniques including laser-heated diamond anvil cells and/or large-volume press techniques is desirable. Experience with metastable chemical/physical deposition methods is a plus. The successful candidate is expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.

The appointment is for one year, with the intention for a second year pending progress and availability of funds. The position is available immediately, and will remain open until filled. Interested parties should send a cover letter, resumé or curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

Prospective researchers will work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC. The Carnegie Institution for Science 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.