DTM scientists

Postdoctoral Fellowships


The Department 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 DTM are regarded as scientific colleagues, free to chart their individual research agendas. Every fellow has access to the full staff of DTM and the other departments of the Carnegie Institution, as well as to a group of nonresident collaborators and visiting investigators from all parts of the world. Cooperating institutions, universities, government agencies, and private organizations provide further substantial resources for scholarship. There are also joint fellows of DTM and the Geophysical Laboratory in areas of mutual interest.

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 DTM faculty usually serve as thesis advisors.

Women and minority candidates encouraged. Carnegie is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

For more information about the program please contact Janice Dunlap.

On the duPont Telescope at Las Campanas, we have a specialized astrometric camera, designed to measure the positions of stars with great accuracy. Here is DTM Postdocs Jackie Faherty and Jessica Donaldson on the catwalk. (Alycia Weinberger/DTM)On the duPont Telescope at Las Campanas, we have a specialized astrometric camera, designed to measure the positions of stars with great accuracy. Here is DTM postdoc Jessica Donaldson and former postdoc Jackie Faherty on the catwalk. Photo by Alycia Weinberger, DTM.


Open Fellowships

Carnegie Postdoc Fellowships at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism

Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowship positions to conduct independent research in the fields of astronomy, cosmochemistry, geochemistry, geophysics, planetary science or volcanology. DTM staff scientists pursue these fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and other planets. The successful applicant’s primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these fields, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

Astronomy and planetary science at DTM focuses on the origin and evolution of stars and planets. We are seeking theorists and observers working in the fields of star and planet formation, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, and planetary astronomy.   DTM staff scientists Alan Boss and John Chambers head the theoretical effort to understand the formation of stellar and planetary systems. Paul Butler is a leader in the spectroscopic search for extrasolar planets. Alycia Weinberger observes circumstellar disks, including nearby debris and protoplanetary disks. Scott Sheppard studies small, primordial bodies in our Solar System.

These topics overlap with our research efforts in cosmochemistry and geochemistry. Conel Alexander and Larry Nittler perform laboratory studies of pre-planetary materials (including circumstellar grains and interstellar organics) in meteorites and interplanetary dust. Richard Carlson and Steve Shirey extend these studies to the chronology of planet formation and differentiation including the formation of continental crust on Earth and investigations of the chemical structure of Earth’s interior. This work complements and extends the studies of Erik Hauri on the origin and distribution of volatile elements in the Earth and Moon.

The geophysics group at DTM focuses on the dynamics and structure of the solid Earth and how motions in Earth’s interior drive surface phenomena like plate tectonics and volcanism. Recent staff hires, Peter Driscoll and Peter van Keken, use numerical simulation and theory to understand the dynamics and evolution of the crust, mantle, and core of Earth and other planets. Lara Wagner specializes in field seismological studies of crustal and upper mantle structure, composition and dynamics. Diana Roman examines active volcanoes to understand magma transport and the factors the lead to eruption.
DTM fellowships provide support for observing, conference and meeting travel, computing, access to campus analytical facilities, and the publication of results from postdoctoral work. Astronomy fellows are eligible to apply for time at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, including the twin 6.5-m Magellan telescopes. Scientific computing resources available to the campus include the Carnegie Memex cluster in addition to local computing resources. Chemical and sample characterization facilities on campus include Cameca 6F and NanoSIMS 50L ion probes, Nu Plasma HR multicollector ICP-MS with laser ablation capability, i-CapQ quadrupole mass spectrometer, Triton thermal ionization mass spectrometer, JEOL 6500F SEM, along with shared access to a JEOL JXA-8530F field emission electron microprobe and Zeiss-Auriga FIB-SEM. A wide range of clean chemistry laboratory, optical microscopy and mineral separation facilities supports the instruments.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment and a promising record of research and publication. Fellows are expected to begin in Fall 2017. A C.V., list of publications, short description of thesis research, brief (2-3 page) statement of research plans during the postdoctoral fellowship, and three letters of recommendation by those familiar with your work should be submitted online at https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dtm/ by 1 December 2016.  Creativity in the proposed research figures heavily in the evaluation of the application.  Address any questions you have to dtmfellowships@dtm.ciw.edu.  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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