Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Earth Observatory

Columbia University New York

Posting Details

Job Requisition Number -00002238

Position Title -Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Department -EIL Lamont Divisions

Division -Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Location- Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Summary Description

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position focusing on optimizing fluid transport and geochemical controls on mineral carbonation in natural basalt reservoirs. Based on recent successes in on-land pilot projects, offshore basalts may offer large-scale repositories to safely store CO2 and combat climate change. Research is needed to optimize mineralization, accurately assess CO2 storage capacities, and develop effective long-term monitoring methods.

This postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with other researchers at Lamont Doherty and with research partners at the U.S. National Laboratories and other Universities in ongoing projects to advance technologies for CO2 injection and monitoring, such as:

• Investigating the geochemical, pH, and transport controls on mineral carbonation in fractured basalts and the injection stability of CO2 and seawater in reactive subsurface systems.
• Using numerical models to assess CO2 and water injection strategies that avoid clogging a well or basalt reservoir due to mineral carbonation.
• Integrating laboratory information, carbonate precipitation kinetics, and site-specific data to develop new approaches for effective in situ monitoring of mineral carbonation.
• Working towards field-scale implementation of CO2 storage demonstration projects in offshore basalt reservoirs.

Minimum Degree Required


Minimum Qualifications

- Candidates should have completed or be nearing completion of a Ph.D. in geosciences, petroleum engineering, geochemistry, or related disciplines, and have demonstrated competence in modeling geological reservoir systems and/or fluid dynamics in porous media.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, independent judgment, and demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high-quality research are required.

Preferred Qualifications

- Prior work with carbon mineralization is desirable, as well as an understanding of geochemical and fluid processes involved with mafic rock systems.
- Prior experience with reservoir simulators that model multiphase flow of CO2 and brines is advantageous.

Additional Information

Tentative start date is September 1, 2021, with some flexibility.

Appointment will be for one year, with continuation for a second year dependent on progress and available funding.

This search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact David Goldberg ( to discuss the position before applying.

RAPS posting date 02/22/2021

Special Instructions to the Applicant

We accept online applications only.

Proposed Start Date 09/01/2021

EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Race / Gender / Disability / Veteran

The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

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Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References