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Carnegie Postdoctoral 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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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomy and Planetary Science

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship for independent research on the origin and evolution of stars, planets, and life. We are seeking theorists and observers working in the fields of star and planet formation, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, planetary astronomy, and the physical and chemical evolution of prebiotic compounds.

DTM has an active group of researchers in these and other areas. 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 Weinbergerobserves circumstellar disks, including nearby debris and protoplanetary disks. Scott Sheppard studies small, primordial bodies in our Solar System. Related researchers on our campus include Conel AlexanderLarry Nittler, and George Cody, who perform laboratory studies of pre-planetary materials (including circumstellar grains and interstellar organics) in meteorites and interplanetary dust, and Peter Driscoll, who studies the magnetic field evolution of terrestrial planets.

Our fellows have access to a wide range of facilities. Fellows are eligible to apply for time at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, including the twin 6.5-m Magellan telescopes. Theoretical calculations can be performed on the Carnegie memex cluster. DTM fellowships provide support for observing, travel, computing, and publication.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and a promising record of research and publication. A C.V., list of publications, brief statement of research plans, and three letters of recommendation by those familiar with your work should be submitted through the Apply Now link below  by 1 December 2016.   Fellowships may be renewed for up to three years. Address any questions you have to astrofellowship@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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Helpful Links & Tips

AAAS Career Resources, which includes a Tools & Tips and How-To Series.

Check out Hints on Preparing Research Proposals on the American Astronomical Society (AAS) web page. Although compiled in 1999, there are many helpful hints to be found on this link.

Helpful self-marketing resources for scientists, courtesy of Stella Kafka.

Christian Miller provided a link for visual presentations of data: Information is Beautiful.

Listing of academic jobs (and graduate student opportunities) in the Earth sciences sent by Christian Miller.

Shaun Hardy (BBR Librarian): The library’s page of guidebooks on writing papers, giving presentations, and writing proposals. All are available in the library.

Helpful job-hunting tips (courtesy GL’s Adrian Villegas-Jimenez):

NSF funds a Marine Geosciences Leadership Symposium (MGLS), which is organized by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) headquartered in Washington, D.C. We will keep you posted as to when their next symposium will be held.

The American Chemical Society offers free online hour-long webinar presentations on job-hunting principles applicable to any scientist in any field. Sample presentations you can download include "Sharpening your Interviewing Skills," "Resume Writing for Scientists," and "Today’s Job Search Strategies."

Check out AGU’s Career Center Toolkit that provides links to AGU Resume Guide, Negotiation Strategies and Tactics, Mastering the Art of the Interview, and Getting the most out of Conference Participation.