Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Palisades, New York
Sep 19, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
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Postdoctoral position, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for two Postdoctoral Research Scientist positions in the Rock and Ice Mechanics Lab.

One position will focus on volume changes during mineral carbonation, hydration and/or oxidation, and its effect on stress, fractures, and permeability (“cracking versus clogging”), with potential applications to CO2 capture and storage and/or geothermal power generation. The candidate will run flow-through experiments in a triaxial apparatus, exploring the chemo-mechanical feedbacks that control reaction rates and extrapolating experimental results to natural systems. Prior experience running experiments in a triaxial apparatus is highly desirable, as is experience with characterization of reaction products in terms of mineralogy, composition and microstructure.

A second position will focus on experimental ice physics, with application to glacier flow and moons of the outer solar system. An ambient pressure cryogenic apparatus will be used to run experiments that will range from creep and attenuation to fatigue, friction, or fracture, depending on the project. Experience running experiments and characterizing deformation microstructures and grain scale processes is required. Experience dealing with cryogenic cooling systems is a plus.

Candidates should have completed or be nearing completion of a PhD in Geosciences Engineering, Physics or related discipline and demonstrated competence in running laboratory experiments. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to use independent judgment required. Evidence of the ability to conduct and publish high quality research is required.

Proposed start date is December 1st 2019, with some flexibility. Appointments will be for 1-year, with continuation pending funding and progress.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the positions are filled.

Please visit our online application sites (below) to submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references:

Position One:

Position Two:


Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -- Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

We accept online applications only.

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