The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for the Carnegie Origins Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin in 2018. The Carnegie Origins Initiative is a unique interdisciplinary program that addresses the conditions, within our solar system and exoplanet systems, that give rise to planet formation and, ultimately, life. Topics include, but are not limited to, observations and theory of stellar evolution, star-planet interaction, planet formation, detection and characterization of exoplanets, and planetary evolution.
The Fellow is expected to work two years at the Observatories in Pasadena and two years at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) in Washington DC, in an order to be negotiated. The Carnegie Origins Fellow is expected to carry out an original research program related to the Origins Initiative. The staff of Observatories and DTM welcome collaboration, but the Fellow will pursue his or her program independently. The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, promise of future achievement, and relevance to the joint Origins Initiative.
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 Dupont, and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes. Scientific computing resources available include the Carnegie Memex cluster (https://sites.google.com/carnegiescience.edu/memex) in addition to local computing resources. The fellowship provides support for observing, travel, computing, and publications.
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.
Further information on the host departments is available at http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/ and http://dtm.carnegiescience.edu/ .
The application should 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). The research proposal should address how the applicant intends to use the resources and facilities available at both departments. These materials along with the names of three references must be submitted via the web to http://www.obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships/ by November 15, 2017. Selection of the successful candidate will be made by a joint Observatories-DTM committee. All applicants will automatically be considered for all postdoctoral positions at both departments. While it is not necessary to submit more than one application and set of reference letters, applicants may submit separate research statements catered toward different fellowships. Address any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com .
Carnegie Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.