DEI Statement Information for 2020 Staff Search

Andrew Carnegie envisioned an institution that would afford scientists of exceptional ability and passion the independence necessary to pursue the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Today we recognize that persistent inequalities—including pervasive racism and sexism—continue to limit participation in science. Upholding Carnegie’s vision in the modern era requires the Institution to actively combat barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion both within our institution and within American society.

The Observatories is seeking new staff scientists who will be partners in improving and maintaining a culturally diverse, intellectually vibrant environment that is welcoming to all. We are asking candidates to submit a written statement which details their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Carnegie. This could be through the candidate's lived experiences or through their demonstrated or planned commitment to promoting DEI. This statement will be evaluated by the search committee and will impact the selection of candidates.

Carnegie Science includes within its mission the support and mentoring of new scholars —  including scientists from historically under-represented groups — as well as community engagement and outreach. The Observatories hosts prestigious postdoctoral fellows, graduate fellows from several universities, and summer undergraduate interns. Scientific staff members are encouraged to engage with and join in mentoring all of these groups. In addition to this, the Observatories has numerous ongoing community outreach programs which staff scientists are encouraged to contribute to or expand in consultation with our outreach coordinator. Leadership within the scientific community that enhances the field’s diversity, equity, and/or inclusion is also highly valued by Carnegie Science.

Examples of advancing DEI outcomes might include:

  • broadening participation in astronomy at any level including through your own participation
  • mentoring postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate or high school students
  • public outreach
  • building an intellectually rich and inclusive intellectual community
  • serving on professional committees within the field which broaden participation