Position as Post Doctoral Researcher Geothermal

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May 13, 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow (Post-Doc Geothermal)
Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education

Open for Recruitment: April 26, 2012 – May 24, 2012
Announcement #: 12508028992
Salary Range: DOE
Full or Part Time: Full Time
Location: Idaho Falls

This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Materials Required:
– Resume
– Letter of Qualification
– Job References

Major Function:
The incumbent, as part of an interdisciplinary research team associated with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, will conduct fundamental and applied research to better understand how the combination of geochemical and microbiological processes alter fluid, mineral, and surface chemistry in geothermal energy systems. This research will support new and ongoing projects at the laboratory- and field-scale, focused on developing and verifying improved techniques for inferring subsurface reservoir condition from near surface expressions (e.g., springs and wells) which have been impacted by microbial processes. Specifically, the incumbent will a) conduct and characterize laboratory water+rock±microbes interaction experiments assessing temporal changes in fluid composition, b) conduct supporting numerical modeling to interpret the experiments, and c) provide interpretations of field observations in light of their laboratory and modeling studies. As called upon, the incumbent will participate in the design and interpretation of field investigations and laboratory experiments needed to meet project objectives. The Center for Advanced Energy Studies is a research and education collaboration between Idaho’s research universities and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory with a research initiative in Geofluids Energy Science (e.g., geologic carbon sequestration, geothermal energy, etc.); which the incumbent is expected to participate in and support.

To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Education: Ph.D. degree in Earth or Materials Sciences, Chemistry or closely related field at time of employment

Research Experience:

– One (1) year previous experience conducting experiments to investigating biogeochemical processes
– Familiarity with the use of geochemical modeling software such as PHREEQC or The Geochemist’s Workbench
– Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
– Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a group in interdisciplinary settings


– Willingness to travel and work for periods up to several weeks at off campus field locations
– Successfully complete a criminal background check


– Previous research experience in geothermal or hydrothermal geochemistry
– Previous experience in conducting batch and/or flow through laboratory experiments at elevated temperatures and pressures (>100°C and >1 bar)

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