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Carnegie Science Postdoctoral Fellow-High Pressure Experiments

Carnegie Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory
Washington D.C.
Competitive Salary and Benefitsitive
Closing date
Feb 3, 2023

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Position Overview & Research Goals:

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate volatile solubility in silicate melts at high pressure and temperature. 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 Sloan-funded program to investigate the early atmospheres of exoplanets. AEThER: Atmospheric, Empirical, Theoretical, and Experimental Research is a multi-disciplinary project focused on creating a framework for understanding the earliest abiotic atmospheres of rocky planets by combining solid planet expertise with atmospheric expertise.

The candidate will conduct high-temperature and pressure experiments in the laser-heated diamond anvil cell to investigate the solubility of volatiles in planetary magma oceans, in direct collaboration with Drs. Anat Shahar (Carnegie), Alexander Goncharov (Carnegie), and James Badro (IPGP). Collaboration with other members of the AEThER team working on related topics is also anticipated.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed doctoral degree in geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Extensive diamond anvil cell experience, and experience with analytical techniques such as FIB, SEM, and EPMA.

Desired qualifications: 

  • Experience with laser-heated diamond anvil cells is a bonus.

Please note: Only complete applications submitted via the Carnegie website will be considered.

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 another protected group status.



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