Postdoctoral Associate – Metastable Materials

Geophysical Laboratory
Washington D.C.
Competitive salary + benefits
Oct 30, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
Field of specialization
Energy, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, Physical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of materials synthesis and characterization. The position will focus on using solid-state methodologies and computational prediction tools, including high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, to create metastable materials using precursor-based pathways. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental/computational chemists, physicists and materials scientists.

Minimum qualifications:  A Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field is the requirement for this position.


Desired qualifications:  Candidates should be familiar with solid-state synthesis methodologies. Experience with high-pressure techniques including laser-heated diamond anvil cells and/or large-volume press techniques, as well characterization tools such as Raman / infrared spectroscopies and powder / single-crystal X-ray diffraction is desirable. Some familiarity with computational prediction tools, including density functional theory-based methods, would be beneficial. Successful candidates are expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.

The appointment is for one year, with possibility for a second year pending progress and availability of funds. The position is available immediately, and will remain open until filled. Interested parties should send a cover letter, resumé or curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

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

Prospective researchers will work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC. The Carnegie Institution for Science 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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