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Postdoctoral Fellow in Carbonate Mechanical Stratigraphy

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado (US)
Seeking applications for a postdoctoral researcher in carbonate mechanical stratigraphy.
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Oct 14, 2021

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Postdoctoral Fellow in carbonate mechanical stratigraphy


The Colorado School of Mines Department of Geology and Geological Engineering invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in carbonate mechanical stratigraphy.

Using outcropping carbonate sediment-gravity-flow deposits in two areas (Bolshoi-Karatau, Kazakhstan and Guadalupe/Apache/Sacramento Mountains, United States), this project will characterize the stratigraphic architecture, mechanical stratigraphy, and resultant fracture distribution in carbonate slope environments. This data will help to understand how fracture characteristics (e.g., height, length, aperture, spacing, orientation) and evolution (i.e., timing, dissolution, cement fill) are correlated with lithofacies heterogeneity, depositional processes, and overall margin architecture/orientation, and will be applied to (1) parameterize models for fluid flow in carbonate reservoirs around the world, and (2) better understand carbonate slope depositional processes, margin evolution, and burial diagenesis. The project is a partnership between Colorado School of Mines, Nazarbayev University, Tengizchevroil, and Chevron.

The successful candidate will be offered a 12-month full-time post-doc position, with possible extension for up to three years. The position involves a competitive salary package with associated benefits. The start date is negotiable, beginning as soon as November 1, 2021.


The successful candidate will collect, integrate, and synthesize macro- and micro-scale outcrop data from several outcrop localities, assist with scientific directions of the program, and help supervise 5-10 graduate students associated with the project. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead field work data collection efforts, including technical preparation and logistical considerations
  • Participate in research group meetings with collaborators
  • Meet weekly with graduate students to provide research guidance
  • Lead and submit peer-reviewed research papers
  • Mentor student research products: abstracts, posters, technical papers
  • Present findings at regional and national conferences


  • PhD in an earth science-related field (e.g., geology, geophysics) conferred by September 1, 2021
  • English language proficiency
  • Experience in one of the following areas: carbonate sedimentology, fracture characterization, sediment-gravity flow processes


  • 2 years experience in carbonate sedimentology/stratigraphy
  • Knowledge of sediment-gravity flow processes
  • Fracture characterization in outcrop and subsurface settings
  • Discrete fracture network (DFN) modeling
  • Knowledge of python programming language
  • Outcrop data collection experience
  • Subsurface experience (e.g., integrating seismic and well data, reservoir modeling)

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Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.


Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines' commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.


Mines is offering an academic year salary of $50,000 - $63,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate's education, training and experience as well as the position's scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

TOTAL REWARDS: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. Additionally, Mines' leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits. HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a CV a cover letter (1 page maximum) outlining the candidate's suitability and motivation for the role (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

For full consideration, please submit your application by September 30, 2021. Application review will begin on September 31, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Please send any questions to Dr. Zane Jobe (


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