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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity # 17-33. Geophysical characterization of critical mineral and geothermal resources and processes in the western U.S.

    For this Research Opportunity we seek candidates who will contribute much needed improvements to potential-field and electrical resistivity models currently being used to evaluate mineral and geothermal resources in the western U.S. We encourage research to identify and define areas favorable for mineral and geothermal resources, hydrothermal alteration, and subsurface fluid flow. Current areas of interest include: critical rare earth element (REE) mineral investigations in the southeast Mojave Desert, California; and critical lithium, tungsten, and geothermal resource investigations in the basins of the Owens River drainage system and the Salton Sea area, southern California. Geophysical studies are focused in the southeast Mojave Desert, which lies at the edge of the North American craton and hosts a world-class REE deposit at Mountain Pass, California and is the largest and only proven economic deposit in the U.S. The Owens River drainage system contains one of the largest tungsten resources in the U.S., and the subsurface brine at Searles Lake has been mined for lithium. The Salton Sea is located along the San Andreas fault and is undergoing active deformation and hosts one of the largest lithium brine deposits in the U.S. and is also associated with a geothermal system.

    Proposed Duty Station: Menlo Park, California

    Areas of Ph.D.: Geophysics (or geology) with a focus on potential field (gravity and magnetic) and/or electromagnetic methods (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

    Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Geophysicist, Research Geologist

    (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)


    Physical/Environmental Demands:

    Work is usually performed in an office setting, where normal, everyday risks or discomforts are to be expected.  Office work requires safety precautions typical of meeting and training rooms.  Office work is often computer-intensive, involving detailed data analysis using multiple, high-resolution computer monitors. Work may involve occasional exposure to a laboratory that involves risks and hazards that require safety precautions.

    Work is also conducted in the field, traveling in four-wheel-drive vehicles, boats, and ATVs, and making measurements with geophysical equipment.  Fieldwork may take place in a variety of settings, such as arid desert lands, mountainous terrane, or urban environments.  Therefore, work may involve exposure to risks and discomforts, such as adverse weather conditions, hostile wildlife, poisonous flora and fauna, and urban traffic, working in remote locations and at great heights, typical to rigorous geophysical field work.  Fieldwork often requires hiking moderate distances in rugged terrain, up to approximately 12 km, and transporting equipment weighing up to approximately 15 kilograms.  On some occasions, fieldwork may require camping, and helicopter transport to remote locations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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