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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
Palisades, New York
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Dec 30, 2021

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The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position focusing on modeling fluid transport and geochemical controls on carbon mineralization in ultramafic systems (e.g ophiolites). These systems may provide large-scale repositories for safe, permanent storage of CO2 to combat climate change. Research is needed to understand and optimize reactive flow in dynamically brittle media at both lab and field scale and accurately assess CO2 storage capacities.

This postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with a team of researchers at Lamont Doherty and Columbia University on a continuing project to advance technologies for CO2 injection including:

  • Develop or use computational models to understand fundamental physics of reactive flow of mixed water-CO2 systems in poro-elastic-plastic-brittle materials to evaluate and optimize “reactive-cracking” processes that may enhance permeability during to mineral carbonation.
  • Calibrate the theory against ongoing laboratory experiments.
  • Extend the models to understand field-scale implementation of CO2 storage demonstration projects in ultramafic reservoirs.


Candidates should have completed or be nearing completion of a PhD in computational mathematics, civil or petroleum engineering, geochemistry, geological sciences or related disciplines, and have demonstrated competence in modeling geological reservoirs and/or coupled fluid-solid mechanics in large-deformation poro-elastic-plastic media. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, independent judgment, and demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high-quality research are required.

Prior work with carbon mineralization is desirable, as well as an understanding of geochemical, thermodynamic and fluid processes involved with ultra-mafic rock systems. Any questions about the position may be directed to Marc Spiegelman at 

Initial appointment will be for 1 year, with eligibility for renewal for up to 2 additional years contingent on performance and funding.

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

Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment. 

For further information about this position and to submit your applications and other required documents, please visit our application site.


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer – Race / Gender / Disability / Veteran

The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

We accept online applications only.


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Its scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

Lamont is a core component of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Nearly 200 Ph.D. level researchers work and teach there, and 80-90 graduate students are involved in research. Lamont also operates a federally funded research ship, the Marcus G. Langseth, which uses seismic data to map the sub-seafloor, highlighting hidden faults and other earthquake hazards.

Since its founding in 1949, Lamont-Doherty has been a leader in the earth sciences. Its scientists were the first to map the seafloor and develop a computer model that could predict an El Nino weather event, the first to provide concrete proof for the theory of plate tectonics and to reveal the oceans’ role in triggering abrupt climate change. With each year, our understanding of earth improves. Yet, new discoveries await us!

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