The United States Geological Survey (USGS) seeks a postdoctoral scholar who can make a fundamental contribution to marine minerals research. Proposed work may use either archival samples from the USGS global crust database, archival hydrothermal chimneys, or other existing sample sets. Alternatively, the proposal could reference samples to be collected on upcoming research expeditions although such opportunities should be identified.

The USGS is also interested in proposals that are experimental in nature or focus on developing geophysical techniques to detect or study marine minerals from ship-based platforms. The scale of possible topics ranges from local influences on mineral formation to more global processes such as isotopic fractionation, paleo-proxy development, or influences on deposit location and composition. In particular, the USGS welcomes applications that can cross disciplinary boundaries between marine science and geology.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the advisors below early in the application process to discuss project ideas.