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Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Manager

Carnege Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory
Washington D.C.
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Closing date
Dec 13, 2023

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Geochemistry, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
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The Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private research institution headquartered in Washington, DC. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology.

The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for the position of laboratory manager of the mass spectrometry facilities for the Geochemistry/Cosmochemistry Group of the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL). The Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group consists of five scientific staff, 3 scientific support staff, and 3–5 postdoctoral fellows at any one time, as well as visitors from other institutions. See

The prospective employee will work at the Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. The employee will hold a 12-month salaried appointment supported by the Carnegie endowment. The Carnegie Institution has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Carnegie offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including parental leave, health care, and retirement. EPL, formed from the combination of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and the Geophysical Laboratory in 2020, carries out a broad research program in geochemistry/ cosmochemistry, geophysics, volcanology experimental petrology, materials science, and astronomy/planetary science.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversight of all aspects of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory facilities Development of isotopic geochemical and cosmochemical analytical techniques in concert with scientific staff and postdoctoral fellows Maintenance and operation of five mass spectrometers: two TIMS (Thermo Scientific Triton XT and Isotopx Phoenix), one MC-ICP-MS (Nu Plasma II), two quadrupole ICP-MS (Thermo Scientific iCAP Q and Agilent 8900 Triple Quad) and an excimer laser ablation system (Teledyne Iridia) Supervision/training of post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists for independent operation

Required Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in geology, geochemistry, or a similar scientific discipline A minimum of 2 years of experience in an isotope geochemistry laboratory Commitment to scientific excellence and a collegial and inclusive workplace

Independent research is encouraged as time allows.

Application Materials Required:

  •  Cover Letter  
  • Resume  
  • Contact Information for  three references

Apply through the Carnegie Institution job site. Review and consideration of applicants will begin after December 15, 2023. Informal inquiries and questions about this position should be sent to the search committee chair, Steven Shirey at

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

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community.  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 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.






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