Monday, June 10, 2013


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) invites applications for R.T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Associate positions at its New York, NY, and Carlsbad, CA locations to conduct research into fundamental scientific problems related to gemology, involving diamonds, colored stones, pearls, and instrument development. The specific focus of the research will depend on the applicant’s interests, expertise, and the needs of GIA research and the laboratory.

GIA, an independent nonprofit organization established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field, preferably obtained within the last three years. Abilities to effectively communicate in English with scientific and production staff, prepare written scientific articles for publication, and a willingness to travel domestically or internationally as needed are strongly desired. GIA will fully fund one year of full-time employment including benefits. Potential for a second year is available upon satisfactory progress. Evaluation of applicants will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. Starting date is negotiable.

GIA Laboratory is fully equipped with all types of spectrometers, chemical analysis, X-ray imaging systems, and has access to other research facilities. GIA will offer a competitive contract including salary, benefits subsidy, and travel stipend if appropriate. In addition, GIA provides a pleasant working environment, and is committed to workplace diversity. Applicants should email the following documents as a single PDF file to []: 1) cover letter; 2) proposal for scientific work to be completed over a one to two year period at the New York or California GIA laboratory locations; 3) curriculum vitae; and 4) names and contact information of three professional references.

For more information about GIA and this opening please visit our website at  GIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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