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Job advertisement Remote Sensing and Geology Mapping Research Geologist

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Remote Sensing and Geology Mapping Research Geologist

Remote Sensing and Geology Mapping Research Geologist


MDRU at the University of British Columbia




Part time



Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

16 September 2022

Job description

MDRU-Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is looking for a geologist with significant skills and prior experience in large data compilation exercises and geographical information systems (GIS) to provide technical leadership for a new role focussed on the geological setting and alteration associated with porphyry, epithermal and volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposits in British Columbia.
The key objective of this project is the acquisition, integration, analysis and interpretation of large geoscience datasets and the production of new geological maps and derivative products for a complex part of the British Columbia cordilleran orogen. Integrated products will incorporate a wide range of data types, including new and existing geology, regional geochemistry, and airborne and ground-based geophysics. Research, supported by field mapping, geochemistry, and geochronology, will lead to the creation of new and derivative map layers. Research products will improve the understanding of the lithologies and alteration associated with important mineral deposits in northern and central British Columbia. The role is funded through two significant NSERC-Alliance proposals recently funded led by MDRU.

Essential skills for this position include:

  • demonstrated expertise in GIS and related databases
  • hands-on experience interpreting and extracting information from regional potential field and crustal (seismic, MT) geophysical datasets.
  • experience interpreting regional geochemical data
  • expertise in a particular geological field such as structure, igneous petrology, mineral deposits, etc.
  • technical writing, graphics production and communication skills
  • proficiency with technologies and software packages that support data compilation, integration, interpretation and production, such as high-end GIS products such as ArcGIS10.x™; experience with 3D mapping tools such as Leapfrog®, gOcad™, GeoModeller™ or Move™ is desirable;
  • experience with data integration and analysis tools such as probabilistic or machine-learning techniques would be beneficial
  • a willingness to learn and a track record of completion, and collaborate with a large research team including faculty, postdoctoral research fellows and graduate students

The successful candidate will have a high-level understanding of Cordilleran geology normally acquired with 5+ years of experience in a geological survey or academic setting and demonstrated experience leading a team to compile GIS map products and produce outputs relevant for mineral exploration.

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and one-page cover letter to Shaun Barker, MDRU Director ( Applications will be considered until an appropriate candidate is secured. This position is part-time at 50% for a three year appointment term with potential for extension. The position is posted at the UBC Research Associate level; a PhD is required. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes the UBC benefit package.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.
We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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