Experienced Machinist/Instrument Maker

Washington D.C.
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Nov 04, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
Analyst, Research
Full Time

The Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science is seeking an experienced machinist with a diverse skill set and an interest in contributing to the design and construction of cutting-edge scientific instrumentation. Experience in programming and operating CNC machines and the capability to set-up and use manual lathes, mills and saws is required along with the ability to use common measuring tools such as the calipers and micrometers needed to ensure precise tolerances in machined products. The position involves working with staff scientists in the design and construction of prototype instrumentation and equipment needed for a diverse range of studies in Earth sciences, including equipment for measuring the properties of materials at extremes in pressure and temperature. 

Position Requirements: 

  • Highly experienced in the use of conventional and CNC equipment such as lathes, vertical mills, cylindrical / surface grinders and wire EDM machines. Ability to set up, program and operate such equipment for the fabrication, modification and or repair of highly technical scientific instrumentation and equipment. 
  • Must be able to verify the dimensions of parts and components, using measuring instruments, to high tolerance. 
  • Ability to work with various types of metals, super alloys, ceramics and plastics. 
  • Test instrumentation to determine conformance to specifications. 
  • Interpersonal skills needed to interact with scientific staff to determine compliance with jobs submitted to the machine shop and communicate any requirements or problems faced with the development, improvement, and repair of job requests. 
  • Willingness to participate in our mentorship program. 
  • Experience with welding, particularly for vacuum equipment, desired but not a requirement of the position.
  • Other duties, functions and jobs as required to assist the scientific staff on the campus. 


Trade education or equivalent work experience, preferably 10 years or more; familiar with Solidworks and Mastercam, ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral; highly motivated individual who is capable of exhibiting good judgment and work independently on scheduled projects, seeing them through to completion; prior experience in a research environment a plus. 

Only complete applications submitted via the Carnegie website will be considered. A complete application will include a Cover Letter, Resumé, and contact information for three professional references. 

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. The Carnegie Institution 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.

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