Job: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Cosmochemistry

Department: DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism


Location: Carnegie Science, DTM, 5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, DC 20015

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral research scientist to develop a better understanding of the origin of chondrite matrices and their relationships to chondrules and interplanetary dust particles.

The postdoc will work primarily with DTM researchers Conel Alexander and Larry Nittler. This project is funded for two years by NASA’s Emerging Worlds program with the primary goal of improving our understanding of how the different components of chondritic meteorites formed and their relationships, if any, to comets. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in meteorite petrology and electron microscopy. Experience with focused ion beam and secondary ion mass spectrometry techniques would also be useful. The successful candidate will become part of an active geochemistry and cosmochemistry group studying the structure, composition, and dynamics of the Earth and the early Solar System.

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 July 15, 2018. Please address any questions regarding this position to Conel Alexander ( 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.