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Postdoctoral Scientist - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado
Date Posted 12/06/2021
Salary $50,000 - $63,000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Scientist - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Salary : $50,000 - $63,000 a year
Job Type : Full-time
Number of hires for this role : 1

Full Job Description

The Opportunity

The Higgins Research Group within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines has an opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Scientist (Postdoc). This salaried position would require a commitment of 40hrs/week and is benefits eligible. The anticipated appointment length for this position is 2 years.

The Postdoc will work on multiple projects centered on the fate and transport of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in environmental systems and will involve the quantification of organic compounds using mass spectrometry (MS)-based techniques (i.e. LC-MS).

The successful candidate will demonstrate an enthusiasm for the project, a willingness to learn, a commitment to work cooperatively, and must be able to work independently and as part of a team.


Primary responsibilities are to assist with as well as lead technical efforts on several large research projects. Specific roles and responsibilities in support of the projects may include: (1) participation in experimental and analysis of samples related to PFASs; (2) preparation of any reports and/or meeting abstracts and presentations related to the work; (3) preparation of any manuscripts documenting the findings of the research, and (4) laboratory and/or research project management activities to ensure successful completion of the proposed research by the project team.Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. with training in environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, analytical chemistry, or a closely related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the following areas:
  • LC-MS analysis (including targeted and non-targeted methods) and sample preparation for analysis of organic contaminants in complex matrices
  • PFAS chemistry and mobility
  • Non-targeted data analysis methods and multivariate statistical analysis
  • Environmental modeling (fate and transport of contaminants)
  • Significant record of productivity as demonstrated through peer reviewed publications

About Mines & Golden, CO
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

$50,000- $63,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards

Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. For more information, visit Mines benefits.

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a CV, a one-page statement of research interest, and 3-5 references willing to provide reference letters. References will not be contacted and reference letters requested until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Applications must be received by January 2, 2022 to be considered.

Background Investigation Required Yes

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 - $63,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location

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