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Postdoctoral Fellow - Earth Systems Scientist
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Posted 05/14/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Earth Systems Scientist
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202100458AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $48,000 - $50,000
Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf .

Desired Start Date 09/01/2021
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/04/2021
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Geosciences has nineteen full-time faculty. The department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and currently has about 120 majors and 65 graduate students. In keeping with the mission of a Land Grant University, the program is known for its strength in field-based research, commitment to teaching, outreach to solve resource management problems, and basic research programs in sedimentology/stratigraphy, petrology/geochemistry, tectonics, hydrogeology/geomorphology, petroleum geology, economic geology, seismology/geophysics, and geodynamics. There are widespread interdisciplinary collaborations across campus and within the home College. The department maintains state-of-the-art UNIX and PC computational facilities, geophysical facilities that include near-surface seismic, resistivity, and ground-penetrating radar systems, LIDAR, and a Scintrex CG5 gravimeter, a Linkam fluid inclusion microthermometry stage, and houses the AIRIE Program, a soft money Re-Os TIMS facility. Through recent collaborations, the Department also co-hosts several light stable isotope instruments. Other instrumentation available on campus includes a JEOL JSM-6500F SEM, a JEOL JSM2100F TEM, a PerkinElmer Elan DRC II ICP-MS, an ICP-AE, and an XRD.

Position Summary

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for exploring new research directions in paleoclimate, the geological carbon cycle, and/or connections between tectonics, erosion, weathering, and climate. The fellow will engage in data acquisition, interpretation, and reporting in conference presentations and peer-reviewed journals. Further, the fellow will actively mentor graduate students and support grant-writing efforts.

Required Job Qualifications

PhD in Geosciences or related field completed by start date of position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

1) Record of publication(s) on paleoclimate, the long-term carbon cycle, or weathering.
2) Evidence of research spanning geoscientific disciplines.
3) Evidence of coding experience and experience with numerical models.
4) Experience working with mass spectrometers, laser spectrometers, ion chromatography, or other geochemical laboratory equipment.
5) Demonstrated ability to work with researchers from a wide-array of disciplines.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research

Work with colleagues, including PI Rugenstein and other members of the GeoPAST Lab, to identify topics of interest in Cenozoic or deeper-time paleoclimate, the geological carbon cycle, and/or links between weathering and erosion, tailored to the interest of the fellow. Projects that span these sub-disciplines and collaboration with colleagues across CSU and the geosciences are particularly encouraged. The fellow will lead field work, analytical work, or modeling work to delve into these topics. The product of this work will be conference presentations and peer-reviewed papers. The fellow will also be expected to assist in developing proposals for submission to external funding agencies.

Percentage Of Time 85
Job Duty Category Broader Impacts

Present results at scientific meetings, to researchers from a range of disciplines; develop outreach opportunities to local or under-represented communities; Assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Professional Development

The fellow will be expected to take advantage of professional development opportunities that may align with the two categories above or may build upon the interests and planned career trajectory of the fellow.

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials consist of the following:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover letter

  • Three professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Jeremy Rugenstein; Jeremy.Rugenstein@colostate.edu.
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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