Carnegie Venture Postdoctoral Researcher in Super-Earth Interiors

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Terrestrial Magnetism & Geophysical Lab
City: Washington
State/Province: District of Columbia
Country: United States
Contact Person: Peter Driscoll
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Carnegie Institution for Science
Application Due Date: Sunday, December 01 2019
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Job Summary
A postdoctoral position is available at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. The position is funded by a Carnegie Venture Grant to study the internal structure and dynamics of super- Earth exoplanets in collaboration with Staff Scientists Peter Driscoll and Sally June Tracy. This is an interdisciplinary project where the postdoc will combine dynamic compression experiments on carbon- bearing materials in collaboration with Dr. Tracy with theoretical modeling performed in collaboration with Dr. Driscoll to better understand the physical properties and evolution of exoplanets.

The position requires a highly motivated applicant with an interest in high pressure and temperature physics and chemistry, planetary internal dynamics and evolution, and applications to exoplanets. The candidate should have a background in either high-pressure experiments or the dynamics of deep interiors. The postdoc will be free to pursue their own research interests in addition to this project.

The position will be for 2 years and

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a related field by the time of appointment and a promising record of research and publication. Research experience in either high pressure experiments or the dynamics of deep interiors is preferred.

To Apply
A curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest, and contact information for three references should be submitted through the Apply Now link below by December 1, 2019. Apply online at: Address any questions about the position to Peter Driscoll ([email protected]) or Sally June Tracy ([email protected]).

Additional Information
Scientific computing resources available to the campus include the Carnegie Memex cluster (2500+ cores) in addition to local computing resources. There are extensive facilities and equipment to support high-pressure experimental research including multi-anvil apparatus, piston-cylinder devices, and diamond-anvil cells for ultra-high-pressure and temperature experiments. Chemical and sample characterization facilities on campus include a field-emission electron microprobe, a thermal field- emission Scanning Electron Microscope and a focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope system. Analytical equipment includes micro-Raman spectroscopic systems, and a Rigaku X-ray microdiffractometer with imaging plate for sample identification.

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.