Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Earth and Planets Laboratory

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Archive Date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2023
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Carnegie Institution for Science
Department Name: 
Earth and Planets Laboratory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), a division of the Carnegie Institution for Science, invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at its campus in Washington, DC. Multiple positions are available. We invite applications from theorists, observers, and experimentalists working in the fields of star and planet formation, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, planetary astronomy, and astrochemistry. Carnegie’s Earth and Planets Laboratory emphasizes interdisciplinary theoretical, observational, and experimental research toward understanding the origin and evolution of Earth and planetary bodies. Applicants are encouraged to review information about our department at and about our postdoctoral fellowships and experience at

All fellows are expected to pursue research topics of their choice. Fellows are eligible to apply for time at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile (, including the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes. Carnegie is a full member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V. Theoretical calculations can be performed on high-performance computing clusters on campus and at Caltech. Funding is available for travel to scientific conferences and observation sites, as well as publications. At EPL, we foster an exceptional research environment and culture of mentoring; we also offer professional development opportunities specifically for postdoctoral scientists. The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community and, therefore, aims for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year, with allowed start dates between July 1 and December 31, 2024. Fellowships are initially for one year but are typically renewed for up to a total of 3 years. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start of the fellowship. The principal selection criteria will be research accomplishment, originality and achievability of the research proposal, independence, and relevance to the ongoing scientific pursuits at EPL. Only complete applications submitted online at will be considered and must include:

  • A cover letter (1-page max)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Research plan/proposal (4 pages max, inclusive of figures and references)
  • A brief description of previous research (3 pages max, all-inclusive)
  • Contact information for three references familiar with the applicant’s work who will submit confidential letters of support 

Applicants may use the cover letter to describe their prior, ongoing, and/or new ideas for efforts to create an equitable, positive, and inclusive working environment. The deadline for all application materials is November 13, 2023. Address any questions to [email protected].

If you are interested in having EPL host your Hubble, Jansky, NSF, or other fellowship, please contact us. Externally funded fellows also have access to Carnegie’s observing and computing facilities described above. Other postdoctoral opportunities will be posted as they arise at

Carnegie Institution for Science has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Candidates of any nationality are eligible to apply. Contact us if you would like more information on how we help with visas. Postdoctoral fellows are employees and receive benefits associated with employment; see

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Competitive salary and benefits
Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 13, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 15, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Carnegie Institution for Science
Department Name: 
Earth and Planets Laboratory
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