Carnegie Origins Postdoctoral Fellowship

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Carnegie Observatories
Street Line 1: 
813 Santa Barbara Street
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for the four-year Carnegie Origins Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellow is expected carry out an original research program of interest to the Carnegie Origins Initiative, an interdisciplinary program that addresses exoplanets and the conditions that give rise to them. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, instrumentation, Galactic chemical evolution and stellar abundances, star-planet interaction, planet formation, and detection and characterization of exoplanets.

The Fellow is expected to split the four fellowship years between residence at the Observatories in Pasadena and the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) in Washington, DC, in a way to be negotiated. Further information on the host departments is available at and The staff of the Observatories and DTM welcome collaboration, but the Fellow will pursue their program independently. The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the fellowship.

The Fellow will have access to all of the resources and facilities of both departments. In particular, Carnegie operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile (, which includes the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes, 2.5-meter du Pont, and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes. Carnegie is a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV and V collaborations. Scientific computing resources available include the Carnegie Memex cluster ( in addition to local computing resources. The Fellow can expect a highly interdisciplinary environment, and may wish to participate in interdisciplinary projects such as Carnegie Worlds (, a cross-department initiative that integrates exoplanet research with geoscience. The fellowship provides support for observing, travel, computing, and publications.

The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, promise of future achievement, and relevance to the joint Origins Initiative. The application must include a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a brief essay describing the applicant's current research (up to 3 pages including references), and a research proposal (up to 5 pages including references). Applicants can choose to be considered for multiple fellowships at Carnegie Observatories as part of the same application. While it is not necessary to submit more than one application and set of reference letters, applicants must describe in the research proposal how their program will benefit from the Origins fellowship and how they will use the resources and facilities available at each department (and similarly for the other fellowship programs). The research proposal should explain in which department the fellowship would start and how time would be divided between departments. Applicants who wish to apply for a Carnegie Fellowship at DTM should see the separate ad at

These materials along with the names of three references must be submitted at by November 4, 2019. Reference letters are due by November 11, 2019. Selection of the successful candidate will be made by a joint Observatories-DTM committee.  Address any questions you have to and/or

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that the academic environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas work together. As such, we urge applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. The Carnegie Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 4, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Carnegie Fellowships Committee
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Dr. Josh Simon