Postdoctoral Associate – Mineralogy and Geochemistry

The Geophysical Laboratory and Deep Carbon Observatory seek a highly qualified, creative, and motivated applicant to investigate the coevolution of the geosphere and biosphere through Earth history. Working closely with geobiologists, geochemists, sedimentary geologists, and mineralogists at the Carnegie Institution and Johns Hopkins University, the successful candidate will pursue independent research on topics that may include the redox evolution of Earth’s near-surface environment; the changing distributions of redox sensitive transition elements and their consequences to microbial evolution; mineralogical indicators of continent formation, supercontinent assembly, and the initiation of plate tectonics; mineralogical consequences of changing atmospheric and ocean composition; and feedbacks between the evolution of minerals and the rise of the terrestrial biosphere.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in geochemistry, geobiology, sedimentary geology, or other relevant discipline; experience in data resource development and use; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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 it is filled. Interested parties should send a cover letter, resumé or curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.  Completed applications should be submitted by April 14, 2015.

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

The successful applicant will work with Robert Hazen at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC. The Carnegie Institution of Washington 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.