Staff Position at the Geophysical Laboratory


The Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for a Staff Scientist position. We seek to hire a creative and exceptional early career scientist to develop and execute world-class research in areas that complement and strengthen the on-going research at the Laboratory. The Geophysical Laboratory fosters a collegial and vibrant research environment, and under the guidance of Director Michael Walter, staff scientists have the freedom and support to explore the most compelling scientific questions.

Current research at the Geophysical Laboratory falls primarily within three overlapping thematic areas: Earth and Planetary Science, Astrobiology and the Origin of Life, and the Chemistry and Physics of Materials at Extreme Conditions. Synergies among these thematic areas, as well as links to many closely related research pursuits at Carnegie’s co-located Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, provide Geophysical Laboratory scientists with exceptional opportunities for collaboration.

World-class analytical, computational and experimental facilities, on campus and at off-campus Carnegie supported facilities, permit unparalleled access to matter at extreme conditions and to analysis of earth and planetary materials at micron and sub-micron scales. State-of-the-art in-house machining capabilities provide exceptional opportunities for staff to develop novel new techniques and methodologies.

Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, a CV with a list of publications, a statement of research interests and ambitions, and the names and contact information for three references.  Consideration of applications will begin on February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position has been filled.

To submit an application click here. Only complete applications submitted via the Carnegie website will be considered.

The prospective researcher will work at the Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, DC and will receive 12 months of salary paid by the endowment of the Institution.  The Carnegie Institution for Science 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.

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