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5 Postdoctoral Researcher positions available at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is a leading European competence center in assessment and sustainable use of geological resources. We provide expertise that serves the interests of our clients, stakeholders and society as a whole. Working closely with our clients and partners, we create innovative solutions that lead to new technologies and business areas, as well as promote sustainable growth. GTK is an expert organisation under Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. We employ approximately 420 full-time staff who are effectively engaged in tasks at the local, national and international level (See: www.gtk.fi).
 

The Geological Survey of Finland has initiated a new Postdoctoral program for which we invite applications from enthusiastic, highly motivated PhD graduates, to work with us in both established and emerging priority research areas. The applicants must have completed their PhD at the time of the submission of the application, but preferably no longer than five years ago. Fluency in English is a minimum language requirement, and the candidate should also demonstrate a commitment to work and communicate effectively within a team environment. The successful applicants will be partly assigned to GTK`s ongoing research and innovation projects, and they will be expected to participate in new project development within international innovation ecosystems.

The Postdoctoral Researcher position can start as early as 1st January 2019, or sometime during Q1 2019, and will be filled initially for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal for a further 2 years and the possibility of permanent employment at the GTK. The starting salary will be 3818 € per month. We offer a modern, well-equipped working environment with teams comprising competent, internationally engaged, and highly trained staff.

Applications

Please, use the application template below and combine it with your CV as one PDF file. Send the document to the Geological Survey of Finland by e-mail (gtk_gtk.fi), by 16:15 p.m. (EET) on 12 November 2018. Title your e-mail with “Postdoc”.

Link: GTK postdoc application template
 

Postdoctoral researcher: Mineral Systems of Battery Metals

The postdoc position in the field of Mineral Systems of Battery Metals will focus on ore geology research with emphasis on mineral deposits which could be sources of cobalt and other battery/critical metals. The major aims of research include development of mineral system models and definition vectors to ore to support mineral potential mapping. Applicants for this position should have competences in at least three of the following fields of research:

  • mineralogy and petrology of magmatic and hydrothermal ore deposits.
  • application of stable and radiogenic isotopes to ore geology research.
  • geochronology of ore forming processes.
  • geochemistry of magma/country rock and fluid/rock interaction.
  • structural geology.
  • geophysical methods of mineral exploration

The applicant must have a PhD degree in geology/earth sciences. The successful applicant will be assigned to GTK`s projects on battery metals as well as to the EU Horizon-2020 program “NEXT – New Exploration Technologies project”. The postdoc will be placed at our Espoo office.

Further information: Research Prof. Ferenc Molnár (ferenc.molnar_gtk.fi, tel. +358 29 503 2008) or Head of Unit, Mineral Systems and Mineral Economics, Pekka Tuomela (tel. +358 29 503 5260).
 

Postdoctoral researcher: Geometallurgy of Battery Minerals, with emphasis on cobalt

The postdoctoral position in the field of Geometallurgy of Battery Minerals, with emphasis on Cobalt. Finland is well placed to become one of the market leaders in this area given its known mineral wealth, but little research has been done on the mineralogy and mineral processing aspects of our cobalt-rich occurrences. Both primary and secondary cobalt resources in Finland will be examined, and a holistic geometallurgical approach will be taken during the research. The candidate must be in possession of a PhD in Geology, Mining Engineering, or Minerals Engineering. A background in applied research and close cooperation with industry is highly desired. The postdoc will be placed at our Espoo office.

Further information: Research Prof. Alan R Butcher (alan.butcher_gtk.fi) and Head of Unit, Mineral Processing and Material Research, Jouko Nieminen (jouko.nieminen_gtk.fi).
 

Postdoctoral researcher: Digitization of Mineral Processing Plants

This postdoctoral position in the field of Digitization of Mineral Processing Plants involves the digitization of mineral processing plants, such that operators and users can acquire information on the performance of their physical plants in a continuous, near real-time environment.

The work will embrace the latest developments in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) because processing plants of the future must take full advantage of, and keep pace with, the ever-changing digital advances of the modern world. Significant advances have already been made in building virtual worlds based on real ones (Digital Twins), but this postdoc position builds on these developments, and attempts to fully automate and digitize an entire mineral processing plant, taking into account all possible sources of data, from mine exploration geology, to in-situ ore characterization, through comminution, separation, concentration and to creation of final products and by-products. The pilot plant at GTK’s Mintec facility in Outokumpu will form the basis of the study. The postdoc can be placed either there or at our Espoo office. The candidate must be in possession of a PhD in Minerals Engineering, Mining Engineering, or Applied Geology, with some practical mineral processing experience. Evidence of a previous close cooperation with industry is considered highly desirable.

Further information: Research Prof. Alan R Butcher (alan.butcher_gtk.fi) and Head of Unit, Mineral Processing and Material Research, Jouko Nieminen (jouko.nieminen_gtk.fi).
 

Postdoctoral researcher: Artificial Intelligence in Geodata Interpretation

The postdoc position in the field of Artificial Intelligence in Geodata Interpretation will focus on developing and applying machine learning, spatial data mining and statistical methods to geological research and data in mineral potential mapping for various commodities, and possibly on selected other geological case studies.

The applicant must have a PhD degree in an applicable discipline in natural or technical sciences. We expect you to have the appropriate education and especially gained experience in spatial data-analysis, data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, statistics and mathematics. Skills in Python coding, R –language and Matlab are considered as beneficial. In addition, competence in geographical information systems (GIS), spatial data analysis or geosciences (geology, geophysics, geochemistry) are highly desired advantages for the candidate. The postdoc can be placed in our Espoo, Rovaniemi or Kuopio office.

Further information: Research Prof. Vesa Nykänen (vesa.nykanen_gtk.fi, tel. +358 29 503 4306) or Head of Unit, Digital Products and Services, Niina Ahtonen (niina.ahtonen_gtk.fi, tel. +358 29 503 3638).
 

Postdoctoral researcher: Hydrogeochemistry

For the postdoctoral position in the field of Hydrogeochemistry we look for a person with strong experimental background in any field of applied hydrogeochemistry from shallow to deep aquifers, from freshwater resources to industrial, recycled and/or radionuclide-impacted waters. Applicants for this position should have competences in at least three of the following fields of research:

  • field and laboratory studies of geochemical processes
  • experimental works in microbiology or other biological aspects related to fresh and polluted water resources
  • numerical hydro/geochemical modeling, in particular multicomponent reactive transport
  • spatial data analysis, including (geo)statistical methods

The Candidate shall be flexible and versatile, as the postdoc will be included in selected research and development projects of GTK (including water supply, managed aquifer recharge, acid mine drainage, nuclear waste management and/or geothermal use of the aquifers.). She/he will be capable not only with academic research skills but also in implementing research-based knowledge to support society.

The candidate must be in possession of a PhD in Geochemistry or similar discipline. Implication in previous projects supported by international funding (e.g. EU H2020, NSERC, NERC) will be appreciated. The postdoc will be placed at our Espoo office.

Further information: Research Prof. Daniele Pedretti, e-mail daniele.pedretti_gtk.fi or Head of Unit Jussi Ahonen, jussi.ahonen_gtk.fi
 

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