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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jef Caers

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Caers, Jef
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Geological Sciences
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Jan 1, 2024 - Dec 31, 2025
Appointment Start Date: 
January 1, 2024
How to Submit Application Materials: 

For full consideration, send a complete application in a single PDF to Prof. Jef Caers ( and copy to Dr. David Zhen Yin  ( with the subject line: “Mineral-X Geophysics Postdoc Fellowship”. 

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY24 minimum is $71,650.

Stanford Mineral-X ( is offering another postdoctoral fellowship on Geophysics at Stanford University. The postdoctoral researcher will develop advanced geophysical techniques to accelerate the exploration and discovery of energy transition minerals. The postdoc will collaborate closely with both academic and industrial research partners at Mineral-X.

Required Qualifications: 

We are seeking qualified candidates who are motivated to promote mineral exploration for the global energy transition. A successful candidate should have the following:

  • Demonstrated skills in using data-scientific/machine learning techniques involving geophysical data such as airborne geophysics and remote sensing. Seismic is not within our main consideration.
  • Excellent skills in solving geophysical forward modeling and inverse problems.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in Python or similar languages (e.g. Julia), and familiar with 1-2 geophysical tools (i.e. SimPEG).
  • Excellent communication skills and industrial collaboration experiences are desired. 
  • Being a quick learner with demonstrated collaborative skills to work in high-energy interdisciplinary teams, and having proven presentation and writing skills are essential.
  • Completion of Ph.D. degree within the last three years and no later than January 1, 2024 (we cannot consider candidates who are defending in 2024).

Evaluation Criteria

  • Ph.D. in Geophysics, Geosciences, or other geophysics-related fields.
  • Research excellence as demonstrated through publications.
  • Quality of research papers (1-2 sample papers) – either published or working papers
  • Experience with real, large geophysical datasets, data wrangling, and forward modeling.
Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in becoming a postdoc with the respective research at Mineral-X (500 words max).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Description of your dissertation research and broader research agenda (1 page)
  • One representative writing sample (published or unpublished)
  • List of three reference contacts

Application deadline: December 20, 2023
Mineral-X offers competitive postdoctoral salaries, plus sponsored travels for international conferences and meetings. In addition, the fellowship provides certain medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage through Stanford's benefits provisions for postdoctoral scholars.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.