Research Opportunities for Postdocs and Visitors

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, geodynamics, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science and volcanology

The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at the Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington D.C. Carnegie Science emphasizes interdisciplinary observational, experimental and theoretical research in fields including astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, geodynamics, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science and volcanology. Carnegie scientists conduct research in these and related fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and planets, including the fundamental physics and chemistry of materials. The successful applicant’s primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these areas, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

The Earth and Planets Laboratory supports world-class laboratory facilities in analytical geochemistry and cosmochemistry, high-pressure research, materials spectroscopy and astrobiology. Carnegie scientists can gain access to Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile for astronomical observations. Carnegie Science also supports theoretical astrophysical, data analytic, geodynamic and mineral physics investigations by providing access to state-of-the-art computational facilities.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year. The Fellowship is initially for one year, but can be renewed for up to a total of 3 years for astronomy applicants and 2 years for other fields. The positions allow start dates between July 1 and December 31, 2021. More detailed information about the research currently being pursued, and the facilities available at EPL (see below) can be viewed at

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of the start of the fellowship. The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, promise of future achievement, and relevance to the ongoing scientific pursuits at Carnegie’s Earth and Planets Laboratory. Carnegie Fellowship applications must include (1) a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, (2) a brief description of previous research, (3) a research proposal of no more than 4 pages, and (4) up to three letters of reference by those familiar with your work. You are encouraged to contact a Staff Member about the suitability of your project.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. 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.

Applications should be submitted online on the Carnegie Science webpage under the HR>Careers>Jobs dropdown menus here by 30 November, 2020.

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Visitors to the Geochemistry/Cosmochemistry Group

The Geochemistry/Cosmochemistry is known for hosting a wide range of visitors. These visitors can range from student interns (normally high school or college students) to graduate students and former postdocs who are now early career scientists. In this last case a formal visiting investigator appointment is necessary. Contact a staff scientist directly about these possibilities.

Tuve Fellowships

Merle A. Tuve served as DTM director from 1946-1966. Among his many scientific accomplishments, he supervised the design of a pressurized Van de Graaff generator, which achieved energies above 4 MeV. He also began construction of a 60-inch cyclotron designed to produce large quantities of radioactive isotopes. The Tuve Fellowships were established by the generosity of former DTM staff members Thomas Aldrich and Erik Hauri in Tuve's memory. Their purpose is to bring senior scientists to campus for short stays of a month or more to intellectually contribute to campus life: giving a named lecture and/or other seminars, mentoring, sharing research ideas, or using our facilities. They are perfect for portions of a sabbatical, for writing, and when not teaching at the home institution. Click on the button below for previous Tuve Fellows.

Analytical facilities available to postdocs and visitors

TIMS: Thermo-Fisher Triton, Thermo-Fisher Triton Plus

ICP-MS: Nu Plasma HR, Nu Plasma II, Thermo iCap Qc, Photon Machines Analyte-193 Laser

SIMS: NanoSIMS 50L, Cameca IMS 6f

SEM: JOEL SX-6500, Zeiss Auriga SEM

EPMA: JOEL Field Emission EPMA

FIB: FEI plasma FIB

RAMAN: WiTec confocal Raman

EXPERIMENTAL CAPABILITIES: Piston cylinder, multi-anvil, and diamond anvil presses

CHEMISTRY LABS: Multiple clean-room facility equipped for all aspects of sample preparation

SUPPORTING LABS: Optical microscopy lab, microsampling, rock room, machine shop, electronics lab