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Post Doctoral Fellow - Mining Engineering
Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado
Date Posted 01/11/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Post Doctoral Fellow - Mining Engineering

Full Job Description

Job no: 495418
Work type: Post Doctoral Fellow Full Time
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), 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:

A new initiative on critical minerals at the Colorado School of Mines announces an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in applied social science. Applicants must have a PhD in geography, anthropology, sociology, Indigenous studies, environmental studies, or a related discipline in the social sciences at the time of appointment. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary research group focused on the interactions among society, the environment, technology, and policy. In particular, the postdoc will focus on the environmental, social, and economic justice issues that relate to producing critical elements in the United States.

The postdoc, under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Smith, will be based at the Colorado School of Mines and participate in a project funded by the National Science Foundation titled, “Responsible Critical Elements: Transforming Earth Resource Development for a Carbon-Neutral Future”. The postdoc will be involved with social science data collection and analyses and will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty, other postdocs, and students in various degree programs and departments at the Colorado School of Mines and Fort Lewis College on “convergent” research examining the potential for ecologically and socially just critical mineral development in the United States and stakeholder views of different development scenarios. The postdoc is expected to contribute intellectually to this project, as well as to advance their own research interests in collaboration with the others on the project. Primary responsibilities include quantitative and/or qualitative data collection, data analysis, recruiting and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, writing peer-reviewed articles, developing grant proposals, coordinating workshops, and helping to manage the research agenda. Creation and dissemination of communication and outreach materials for stakeholders is also expected.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, environmental studies or other relevant discipline
  • Related emphases in tribal policy, economics, business, critical minerals, mineral policy, mineral and energy sovereignty, environmental justice, and/or sustainable development
  • Ability to quantify the impacts of critical minerals production through the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, with the aim of identifying more equitable approaches that contribute to just transitions and energy sovereignty on tribal lands.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, and data analysis skills (quantitative to include statistical analyses and analytical hierarchy process methods).
  • Record of or demonstrated potential for writing peer-reviewed papers and grant proposals
  • Will support and encourage a diverse and inclusive research and learning environment
  • Can contribute to a team-oriented, collegial work environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest and/or experience collaborating with engineering and/or natural science researchers
  • Interest and/or experience in working with diverse stakeholders (e.g., community members, policy and regulatory bodies, NGOs, academics etc.) including science communication with these groups

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 CV and a 1-page statement of your qualifications and professional goals as a single pdf attachment (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Apply by January 31st for full consideration. Contact Dr. Nicole Smith @nmsmith@mines.edu with any questions.

Background Investigation Required: Yes

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