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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jef Caers

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Caers, Jef
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
David Zhen Yin
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Earth & Planetary Sciences
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
2 Years
Appointment Start Date: 
July 15, 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 GEO3D Postdoc"

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 FY25 minimum is $73,800.

Mineral-X is offering a postdoctoral fellow position in computational geoscience within the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Stanford University. The project will develop data-driven approaches for 3D geological structure modeling using comprehensive geological, geophysical, and geochemical data for country-scale smart mapping. One goal is to transform traditional 2D geological maps into complex 3D structures by harnessing state-of-the-art data science and machine learning techniques at large scales. The research will use geophysical, geochemical, and geological data acquired by national geological surveys and industry. The postdoc will collaborate closely with both academic and industrial research partners.
We offer competitive postdoctoral salaries, plus sponsored travels to 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.

Required Qualifications: 

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

  • Computational geoscientific skills in using geophysical and geological data for complex geological structure modeling.  The research also requires skills in solving geophysical inverse problems.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in Python or similar languages (e.g. Julia), and familiar with 1-2 industrial geospatial tools (e.g. SKUA-GOCAD, LeapFrog, ArcGIS, QGIS, or others).
  • Being a quick learner with demonstrated collaborative skills to work in interdisciplinary teams, and having proven presentation and writing skills are essential.
  • Excellent communication skills and industrial collaboration experiences are desired.
  • Completion of Ph.D. degree within the last three years and no later than June 1st, 2024.
Required Application Materials: 

Complete applications will include:

  • 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 ongoing research and broader research agenda (1 page)
  • One representative writing sample (published or unpublished)
  • List of three reference contacts


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.