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Researcher - Mining Engineering

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Work type: Post Doctoral Fellow Full Time, Research Faculty or Associate Full Time
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Mining Engineering


Position Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow or Research Associate - Mining Engineering

Pay Range:

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.

The Opportunity:

The Mining Geology Research Group has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral fellow or research associate, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Holley at Colorado School of Mines. Our team works on an exciting array of problems in economic geology, mining geology, and sustainability.

Current projects include the origins of sedimentary rock-hosted and magmatic-hydrothermal gold deposits, critical element supply for the zero-carbon future, and the social and environmental context of large- and small-scale mining Current research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the mining industry, CDC NIOSH, and the Center for Mining Sustainability.

In the first six months, the successful candidate will engage with a variety of ongoing projects, collaborating with team members to publish existing results via data interpretation, manuscript writing, and figure drafting. The new hire may work remotely during this time. In fall 2021, the new hire will join the team in Golden, Colorado to take the lead on an economic geology or geometallurgical study of critical elements at a U.S. case study site, while continuing to collaborate with existing projects to generate publications. In addition to project leadership and publishing, the postdoctoral fellow or research associate will gain experience in proposal writing, mentorship of graduate and undergraduate team members, teaching (if desired), and interdisciplinary collaboration with scientists, engineers, social scientists, government agencies, the mining industry, and community stakeholders.  

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A PhD in economic geology or a closely related field
  • Experience with a wide array of analytical tools and methods
  • A passion for scientific writing
  • Evidence for high-quality English language scientific writing, such as first-authored manuscripts published in Economic Geology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, or similarly ranked journals
  • Demonstrated success in a fast-paced, creative, collaborative, and self-directed work environment
About Mines & Golden, CO:
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.
Equal Opportunity:

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.

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 resume, cover letter, and writing sample (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Background Investigation Required: Yes
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

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