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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Program Overview:

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) 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.

Fellows at EPL are regarded as scientific colleagues, free to chart their individual research agendas. Every fellow has access to the full staff of EPL and the other departments of the Carnegie Institution, as well as to a group of non-resident collaborators and visiting investigators from all parts of the world. Cooperating institutions, universities, government agencies, and private organizations provide further substantial resources for scholarship.

Predoctoral students may be accepted for training in an area of research leading to the preparation of a thesis for an advanced degree at a cooperating university. One or more of the EPL faculty usually serve as thesis advisors.

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

On the du Pont Telescope at Las Campanas, we have a specialized astrometric camera, designed to measure the positions of stars with great accuracy. Here is EPL (formerly DTM) postdoc Jessica Donaldson and former postdoc Jackie Faherty on the catwalk. Photo by Alycia Weinberger, EPL.
 
Resources for Current Postdocs

Current postdoctoral fellowships:

2023 Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships at Earth and Planets Laboratory

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), a division of the Carnegie Institution for Science, invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at its campus in Washington, DC. Multiple positions are available. EPL scientists engage in observational, experimental and theoretical research in fields including astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geodynamics, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science, physics and chemistry of materials, and volcanology. Applicants’ primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these areas. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration with multiple research areas on campus is encouraged. New fellows will join a supportive community of about 25 postdoctoral scientists and 30 staff and research scientists engaged in understanding the origin and evolution of Earth and planets and materials under extreme conditions. More information about our research and facilities can be viewed at https://epl.carnegiescience.edu and about our postdoctoral fellowships and experience at https://epl.carnegiescience.edu/postdoctoral.

Our postdoctoral fellows have access to: world-class laboratory facilities in analytical geochemistry and cosmochemistry, high-pressure research, materials spectroscopy, and astrobiology; Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile for astronomical observations; and state-of-the-art computational facilities to support theoretical and data-analytic investigations. Funding is available for travel to scientific conferences and observation sites, as well as publications. At EPL, we value a culture of mentoring and offer professional development opportunities specifically for post-doctoral scientists. The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aims for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive at Carnegie. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year. The Fellowship is initially for one year but is typically 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, 2023. 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 research accomplishment, promise of future achievement, originality and achievability of the research proposal, independence, and relevance to the ongoing scientific pursuits at EPL.

Only completed applications for a Carnegie fellowship submitted through this website by clicking on the Apply Now button below will be considered and must include (in PDF format): 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) list of publications; 4) a brief description of previous research (3 pages max, inclusive of figures and references); 5) a research proposal (4 pages max, all inclusive), and 6) contact information for three references familiar with the applicant’s work and willing to provide letters of support. Applicants may use the cover letter to describe, in under one page, their prior, ongoing, and/or new ideas for efforts to create an equitable, positive, and inclusive working environment. The deadline for application materials is November 14, 2022. Reference letters must be submitted online by November 17, 2022; instructions for how your references should submit these letters will be provided to you after you submit the application form. Address any questions to eplfellowship@carnegiescience.edu.

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. Candidates of any nationality are eligible to apply. Contact us if you would like more information on how we help with visas. Postdoctoral fellows are employees and receive benefits associated with employment; see https://hr.carnegiescience.edu/offering/postdoctoral-fellow.

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Numerical Modeling of Thermo-chemical Connvection in Earth’s Core and Implications for Geodynamo Evolution

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate numerical modeling of thermo-chemical convection in Earth’s core and implications for geodynamo evolution. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community at the Carnegie Institution for Science. 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 position is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to incorporate thermo-chemical convection to an existing numerical dynamo model (Rayleigh). The larger motivation is to investigate how two coupled buoyancy fields interact in rotating convection, and how they may have contributed to the evolution of Earth’s magnetic field.

Modeling thermo-chemical rotating convection is a complex dynamic process that involves two buoyancy fields with different diffusivities. The fields can be coupled by their boundary conditions, which is expected to produce new dynamical feedbacks between the fields that will influence the flow and magnetic field generation. The candidate will assist in the develop the 3D dynamo code (Rayleigh) in direct collaboration with Drs. Peter Driscoll (EPL) and Cian Wilson (EPL). Collaboration with other members of the Rayleigh development team working on related topics is also anticipated. The candidate will be given access to Carnegie’s high performance computational facilities.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment. The candidate should have experience in computational fluid dynamics and programming proficiency, especially with Fortran and/or python.

Desired qualifications: Familiarity with numerical modeling of rotating convection is desirable, and experience with spectral or pseudo-spectral numerical modeling software is a bonus.

The application deadline is December 1, 2022. The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress. The position will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. This is an FLSA Exempt position. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

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High-Pressure Materials Synthesis

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for an experimental postdoctoral position focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel materials produced under high-pressure conditions. The position will involve the use of equipment including diamond anvil cells and large-volume presses (Paris-Edinburgh / multianvil) to synthesize novel materials with an emphasis on extended covalent frameworks, as well as physical properties characterization under both high-pressure and ambient conditions. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental and computational physicists, chemists, and materials scientists. Please refer questions to tstrobel@carnegiescience.edu. Minimum qualifications: A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field is the requirement for this position.

Desired qualifications: Expertise in solid-state physics/chemistry and characterization of optical and electrical properties. Understanding of high-pressure techniques including laser-heated diamond anvil cells and/or large-volume press techniques is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.

The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility for an additional year pending progress and availability of funds. The position is expected to be available starting fall 2022, and will remain open until filled. The position will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. This is an FLSA Exempt position. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for a minimum of three references.

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Carbon Clathrate Superconductors

The Carnegie Institution for Science seeks applications for a postdoctoral position focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel carbon-based clathrate materials. The position will focus on using high-pressure and high-temperature conditions to synthesize and characterize unique diamond-like crystalline carbon clathrate compounds with potential for high-temperature superconductivity. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental and computational physicists, chemists, and materials scientists. Please refer questions to tstrobel@carnegiescience.edu.

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

Desired qualifications: Expertise in solid-state physics/chemistry and characterization of electrical transport and magnetic properties, including superconductivity. Experience with Physical Properties Measurement Systems (PPMS). Understanding of high-pressure techniques including laser-heated diamond anvil cells and/or large-volume press techniques is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.

The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility for an additional year pending progress and availability of funds. The position is expected to be available starting July 2022, and will remain open until filled. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references. This position will be based on the campus of the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.

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Resources for Applicants:

Below are several successful Carnegie Fellowship applications generously made available by previous postdoctoral fellows. Please note that these are only meant as examples and they exhibit a variety of approaches, each of which was effective in its own way. We are not endorsing any particular approach but rather suggest looking at these for examples of good style, organization, and best practice.