Academic and Research Opportunities

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in astronomy, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, geophysics, planetary science, or volcanology

The Department offers a variety of postdoctoral fellowship and associate positions. Predoctoral and advanced undergraduate appointments are also available as opportunity determines. Fellows and associates can engage in a wide range of experiences that include designing and constructing specialized experimental devices; participating in seminars and symposia; and gathering and analyzing data. These projects are shaped to preserve maximum flexibility and to fit the scientific interests of both Staff Members and fellows.

Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowship positions to conduct independent research in the fields of astronomy, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, geophysics, planetary science or volcanology. DTM staff scientists pursue these fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and other planets and planetary systems. The successful applicant's primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these fields, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

Fellows at DTM are regarded as scientific colleagues, free to chart their individual research agendas. Every fellow has access to the full staff of DTM and the other departments of the Carnegie Institution, as well as to a group of nonresident collaborators and visiting investigators from all parts of the world. Cooperating institutions, universities, government agencies, and private organizations provide further substantial resources for scholarship. There are also joint fellows of DTM and the Geophysical Laboratory in areas of mutual interest.

Women and minority candidates encouraged. Carnegie is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

For more information about the program please contact Janice Dunlap.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment and a promising record of research and publication. Fellows are expected to begin in Fall 2020. A C.V., list of publications, short description of thesis research, brief (no more than 4 pages) statement of research plans during the postdoctoral fellowship, and three letters of recommendation by those familiar with your work should be submitted online by 1 December 2019.

Apply at Carnegie Science Careers website:

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,

WITH GL: JOEL Field Emission EPMA, Zeiss Auriga SEM, FEI plasma FIB, WiTec confocal Raman

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