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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.

Women and minority candidates 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

Open Positions: 


2021 Carnegie Fellowships
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. 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.
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Postdoctoral Fellow: Carbon-Based Materials

The Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel carbon-based materials. The position will focus on using high-pressure and high-temperature conditions to synthesize and characterize unique diamond-like crystalline carbon compounds with high strength/hardness and tunable electronic structures including semiconductors and superconductors. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental and computational physicists, chemists, and materials scientists. 

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Postdoctoral Fellow: Ferroelectrics

The Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position focused on the study of the fundamental physics of ferroelectric and multiferroic materials using first-principles based methods.  The successful scientist will use density functional theory to compute and optimize properties of new and known materials to compare with experiments and design better materials.  An experimental component of the research is also possible, using optical, X-ray, magnetic, and dielectric measurements to better understand and improve materials.

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