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Post-Doctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Thermochronology Research and Instrumentation Lab (CU TRaIL) at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks a PostDoctoral Associate with expertise in noble-gas techniques and/or laser-ablation ICP-MS methods.

Programming skills, such as in Python, are desired (but not required).

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Geological Sciences has been a key part of CU Boulder’s global reputation of excellence in geoscience education and research, evidenced by recent US News and World Report rankings of #1 for the best global universities for geosciences. The department has ~40 tenure track faculty members and instructors, ~15 research faculty members, 5 administrative and technical staff, ~70 graduate students, and ~250 undergraduate students. More can be learned about the Department at

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Spearhead research associated with several projects that use new laser-ablation (U-Th)/He dating, U-Pb dating, and trace element mapping capabilities in TRaIL. A fraction of the time (~20-25%) will be spent on activities that directly support the lab (e.g., establishment of new ICP-MS analysis protocols, refinement of new Sparrow database system, or sample analysis).

What You Should Know

  • Funds are currently available to fully support the position for two years.
  • The CU TRaIL is a fully equipped (U-Th)/He lab ( Instrumentation includes an ASI Alphachron quadrupole He system; an Agilent 7900 quadrupole ICP-MS; an ESI NWR193UC excimer laser; a KLA ZETA-20 optical profiler; and a new custom, low-volume, He extraction and measurement line built in-house that will be largely dedicated to laser-ablation He analyses.
  • The desired start date is fall 2022 or early 2023.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees is required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this full-time position is $60,000-$62,000 per year, depending on experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Applicants should have a PhD in Geosciences or related field by the time of appointment. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Statement of technical and research interests.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation immediately following your application.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the posting will remain open until the position is filled. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Dr. Rebecca Flowers

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