Job: Specialist in Diamond Research at the Earth and Planets Laboratory

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington DC

The Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a specialist for diamond research. The position is for three years and with additional years possible depending on funding. The researcher will help lead our research program on diamonds and their mineral inclusions by participating in all facets of research from initial examination of new collections, through interpretation of observations and data, to the presentation and publication of results. We are specifically seeking applicants with demonstrable hands-on experience, from meticulous preparation of samples to analysis of diamonds and their inclusions using the wide range of techniques available in our laboratory. The researcher may develop their own projects in addition to tasks required for ongoing collaborative projects. The salary range begins at $75K per year and will be adjusted commensurate with level of experience.

At Carnegie we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our staff and welcome applications from individuals with a diverse set of experiences, backgrounds, and perspective. 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.

Candidates must have:

A graduate degree (MS or PhD) in mineralogy, geology or related science
Minimum of 3 years demonstrable experience in diamond research
It is highly desired for candidates to have experience with:
Diamond cutting and polishing
Optical, Raman, and FTIR spectroscopy
Synchrotron X-ray diffraction
Diamond crystallography (defects; substitutions)
Electron microscopy (SEM, EPMA)
Ion probe and/or LA-ICPMS
Knowledge of diamond geology (formation, etc.)

Application materials must include: 1) a cover letter with the names of three references, (2) a curriculum vitae and the list of publications, (3) a maximum 2-page summary of previous research experience.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

Applications are due November 22, 2021, and selection will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please e-mail Michael Walter ( or Steven Shirey ( with any further questions.

Related URLs:
Carnegie EPL
Carnegie Institution for Science

Application Deadline: Monday, November 22, 2021
Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants
Attention To: Carnegie Diamond Specialist Applications Committee