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Isotope Geochemistry Postdoc

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Berkeley, California (US)
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Isotope Geochemistry Postdoc - 97199

Division: GO-Energy Geosciences


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, Energy Geosciences Division ( has an opening for a Isotope Geochemistry Postdoc in the general area of Isotope Geochemistry.


The Fundamental Geosciences group at LBNL is conducting a broad search for postdoctoral scholars with expertise in isotope geochemistry to contribute to ongoing research in fundamental geochemistry and its role in sedimentary, diagenetic, hydrothermal, chemo-mechanical, and environmental processes. Our current project goals and participants are described HERE (, but the research scope is continually evolving and a broad range of geoscience problems related to the objectives of the BES Geoscience program are in play.


Our group provides an exciting, multidisciplinary environment in which complementary, cutting-edge experimental and modeling approaches are used to address complex geologic systems and problems. Our investigators are experts in a broad range of geoscience fields and methods. Successful applicants can expect to have a lead mentor and to conduct research within one or more of the project topic areas. 


What You Will Do:

• Carry out experiments, and conduct isotopic analysis of natural and experimental samples. Example materials include carbonate and clay-rich sedimentary rocks as well as serpentinites.

• Provide disciplinary expertise in isotope geochemistry for collaborations involving scientists from other disciplines.

• Contribute to method development, management, and operation of one or more of our isotope labs (thermal ionization, multicollector-ICPMS, and stable isotopes including clumped isotope studies and non-traditional metal isotopes).

• Publish peer-reviewed journal articles and present work at scientific conferences, as well as Contribute to progress reports and team deliverables.

• Contribute to the development of conceptual and quantitative models for isotopic effects produced in geochemical processes, and provide disciplinary expertise in isotope geochemistry to the collaboration.

• Work creatively, independently, and productively.

• Work as a member of a multidisciplinary research team.

• Contribute to progress reports and team deliverables.


What is Required:

• Ph.D. in Earth science, chemistry, materials science or relevant STEM field involving isotope geochemistry. 

• Demonstrated ability to perform research that addresses fundamental questions in geochemistry.

• Expertise and experience in isotopic measurement of earth materials.

• Ability to work creatively, independently, and productively.

• Ability to work as a member of a large multidisciplinary research team.

• Excellent written and oral presentation skills.

• Record of timely publications.


The position will remain open until filled. However, for full consideration, please apply by December 17, 2022 with the following application materials:

• Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background (1 page preferred, 2 pages maximum).

• Curriculum Vitae (CV).

• Names and contact information for three references.

• PDFs of 1-3 of your publications.


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• This is a full-time, 2 years, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

• This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

• Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit ( for more information.


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