Postdoc in carbonate mechanical stratigraphy available at Colorado School of Mines

Apply here (reviews will begin October 1):

The opportunity:

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


Minimum qualifications:

· 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

Preferred qualifications:

· 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)

Direct any other questions to Zane Jobe (