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Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado
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Date Posted September 13, 2018
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Title:

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Geophysical Data Science

Job Description:

We are currently accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the area of geophysical data science at Colorado School of Mines. Advanced deep learning algorithms have increased the potential for utilizing statistical techniques 1) in place of physical simulations and 2) for efficient and quantitative interpretations of 3D and 4D data. Both represent potential milestone moments for the geophysical community. The paramount outcome from the application of these models would be to gain insightful new physical relationship(s) or other spatial/temporal intuition; in these scenarios, the deep neural network model(s) would be deemed to have transparency.

The successful postdoctoral candidate would develop guidelines for deep learning model transparency for the purpose of geophysical modeling and/or interpretation. The postdoctoral scholar would be responsible for designing research that would evaluate when simulated (geo)physical measurements of different fidelity can be sufficiently captured by deep learning algorithms, e.g. with different acquisition parameters. The scholar will also design experiments that will determine when deep learning techniques can bring new geological insight via quantitative spatial/temporal interpretation.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD in a related field (engineering, geophysics, applied math or statistics, computer science, operations research, etc.).

  • Experience designing and implementing state-of-the-art data analysis methodologies on large scale data.

  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

  • A record of science innovation and creativity. 

  • A record of excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience with the following is a plus but not necessary:

  • Geophysical forward and inverse modeling

  • High performance computing and/or cloud computing

Department Description:

The Geophysics Department has 11 tenured/tenure-track faculty, approximately 110 undergraduate students, and over 70 graduate students. The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Geophysical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics and in Geophysical Engineering.  With USGS offices located on, and near to, campus and several world-class government and private research institutions close by, Mines provides many opportunities for multidisciplinary research collaborations.  More information about Mines and the Geophysics Department can be found at and

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, please upload a detailed CV, a cover letter detailing your research experience and how it will qualifies you for this opportunity, 1-3 recent publications and contact information for three professional references). The full time fellowship position is initially one year and could be extended to two years. The review of applications will continue until the fellowship position is filled. Please feel free to contact Prof. Trainor-Guitton ( for more information.


Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:

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