Instrument Maker for Carnegie Science

Washington D.C.
Mar 10, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
Full Time

This announcement is being circulated listing the qualifications for a vacant position on the staff at the Geophysical Laboratory located at 5251 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Job Description

A prestigious 100 + year old non-profit scientific research institution located in Washington, DC is seeking a talented and experienced individual to fill the post of Instrument Maker. A minimum of 5 years’ experience as instrument maker/machinist is required.

This three-person machine shop supports state of the art science of 14 scientific staff members and their research groups to help design, create, and modify in-house design instrumentation/equipment.  Our shop employs CNC Mills, CNC Lathes, a brand new Wire EDM system, Surface and Edge grinders, and multiple small and medium mills and lathes. A large fraction of the work involves machining of instruments and parts used in high-pressure / high-temperature research activities.  In support of these experiments we machine hardened steel, tungsten carbide, and both soft and hard ceramics.

Position Requirements:

  • Highly experienced and versatile in the use of conventional and CNC equipment such as lathes, vertical mills, cylindrical / surface grinders and wire EDM machines.
  • Capable to set-up, program and operate such equipment for the fabrication, modification and or repair of highly technical scientific instrumentation and equipment.
  • Verify the dimensions of parts and components, using measuring instruments.
  • Ability to work with various types of metals, nonferrous materials, ceramics and plastics.
  • Test instrumentation to determine conformance to specifications.
  • Ability to interact with scientific staff to determine compliance with jobs submitted to the machine shop and to communicate any requirements or problems faced with the development, improvement, repair.
  • Ability to teach our junior machinist.


Extensive machining experience and knowledge /ability to operate various types of sophisticated production machinery; ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral. We seek a highly motivated individual that is capable of exhibiting good judgment and the ability to work independently on scheduled projects, seeing them through to completion. Prior experience in a research environment a plus.

Preferred Attributes:

Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively and maintain a good working relationship with a diverse group of individuals at all levels of the organization.

To submit an application, go to: Required documents for the application are:  a cover letter, a CV/resumé and contact information for three references.  Applications will be reviewed starting January 26, 2017 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is hired.  

The Instrument Maker will work at the Geophysical Laboratory location in Washington, D.C.  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.

Similar jobs