Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 06/17/2021

Requisition Number PRN26522B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M through F, 8 am to 5pm.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00106 - Geology & Geophysics

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $50,000 to $60,000/yr

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a Ph.D. and background in geoscience, specifically sedimentary geology and geochemistry, for a funded project.

Applicants from minoritized groups in STEM are highly encouraged to apply.

The applicant will join an active research group and thriving community of geoscientists in the Geology and Geophysics Department at University of Utah where mentoring, professional and personal career development, diversity, equity, and inclusion are valued. University of Utah offers a range of attractive employment benefits and a high quality of life in Salt Lake City. Due to the nature of core sampling, possible field work, and geochemical analysis, relocation will likely be required, at least during the data collection phase of the research.

Funding available for an 18 month period for Phase 1 of the project. Start date is upon completion of contract negotiations, likely beginning August 15, 2021.

The project will investigate the abundance of carbon ore, rare earth and critical element resources in coal, coal seam‐adjacent strata, and, secondarily, oil shale in the Uinta Region of Utah and western Colorado. These resources will be valuable in the energy transition toward renewables. Publicly available details about the project are available here:‐awards‐19‐


Because coals in Utah and Colorado are found in Cretaceous fluvial‐coastal plain‐shallow marine strata of the Book Cliffs and Wasatch Plateau, ideally, applicants should have a solid sedimentologic understanding of deposition in these environments, as well as the stratigraphy. The project is focused on inorganic geochemical analysis of critical and rare earth elements. As such, applicants should have experience with handheld X‐ray fluorescence ( XRF ) analysis and/or datasets. Additional experience with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP‐MS) is desirable. Applicants should be well versed in handling large geochemical datasets within a stratigraphic and geographic context and be prepared to innovate dataset management solutions. The applicant should be comfortable with working with, describing, and sampling stratigraphic core. Field skills are needed for possible field work.

The applicant will collaborate with a larger geology team on the project, with geologists at state geologic surveys and research institutes. The individual is expected to lead the bulk of the geologic investigation, data collection, and reporting, leading to several, first‐authored, peer‐reviewed publications.

The applicant will be a part of a large project team with team members across materials science engineering, mining engineering and geology disciplines from eight institutions. Part of the project duties will be to liaison with private industry partners, including Utah and Colorado coal mining companies and power plants.

Please direct questions to PI, Dr. Lauren Birgenheier at

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.


Minimum Qualifications


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please supply a 1) full CV, 2) contact information for three references, 3) Statement (or letter) of interest which outlines relevant past research experience, how the post doc position aligns with your career goals, and your past and envisioned future contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.