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Postdoctoral Scholar in Geological Sciences, School of Mining and Geosciences
Nazarbayev University

Date Posted Feb. 7, 2023
Title Postdoctoral Scholar in Geological Sciences, School of Mining and Geosciences
University Nazarbayev University
Astana, Kazakhstan
Department School of Mining and Geosciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
    Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Geology/Geosciences - General

Company Description

Nazarbayev University is a modern, English-speaking research-intensive academic institution located in Astana, the Republic of Kazakhstan’s capital and the heart of Eurasia. Kazakhstan is linked to Asia and Europe and has a mission to develop a knowledge economy, based on strong and robust institutions, including Nazarbayev University. Admission and progression are entirely merit-based and integrate professor-led teaching and research starting on day one as a freshman.

NU is an autonomous English language university with a mandate for world class research. International faculty from 60 countries and international students from 30 countries create a strong and ambitious scholarly community, willing to take leadership roles. The University offers doctoral, master's and bachelor’s programs to over 6,100 students in Sciences and Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering and Digital Sciences, Medicine, Mining and Geosciences and Public Policy. The University hosts the most advanced scientific research laboratories in the region, with over 70 laboratories and a data center.

We’re more than a novelty. NU is providing a higher education that prepares graduates for success in an age of globalization and technological disruption. Nazarbayev University, established in 2010, is the country’s flagship academic institution with aspirations to become a global-level research university. This is the first university in Kazakhstan which is guided by the principles of autonomy and academic freedom.


The School of Mining and Geosciences (hereinafter – the SMG) is seeking outstanding researcher with an earned PhD degree in Geological Sciences, a proven research track record and teaching experience commensurate with appointment rank. Candidates with fracture experience and/or carbonate experience are particularly urged to apply to support an industry consortia-funded research project.

At the moment the School of Mining and Geosciences urgently looking for a good candidate to fill the vacant position of Postdoctoral Scholar in Geological Sciences.

The fields of research are broadly defined across the range of geological sciences related to exploration and exploitation of petroleum, uranium, and energy minerals as well as to utilization of sedimentary basins for carbon storage, energy storage, and geothermal resources. The overall research theme is a “Sedimentary Models for Energy Transition.


The SMG seek ambitious candidates who are able independently to plan and conduct research, acquire, analyze, and integrate a range of various data, and are motivated to develop novel concepts and solutions. In addition to academic background, relevant industry experience and ability to attract future industry partners is an advantage. Willingness and ability to travel and conduct field research are essential. Selected candidates are expected to utilize a range of state of the art tools available at NU, actively participate in research team meetings and activities, and to publish research results at the international level (i.e. Q1 journals).

Job Description

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

(1) Teaching undergraduate and/or graduate level courses, such as structural geology, geodynamics, geophysics, hydrogeology, and/or field geology,

(2) Establishing world-class research projects in partnership with the local industry and international partners

Travel budget for field work and research is generous. The employment contract is a minimum 1 year. Working language is English. Familiarity with Kazakhstan sedimentary basins, and/or government geological data storages and sample repositories is a strong advantage.

Workload is distributed between teaching, research and service activities.


- English fluency is required;

- Strong planning and organizational skills;

- Project and team management skills;

- Supervision and mentoring skills;

- Outstanding analytical skills and critical/creative thinking;

- Excellent communication and presentation skills;

- Exceptional attention to detail;

- Tact and understanding;

- Ability to work in diverse teams and settings

Additional information

The appointment is a minimum 1-year renewable contract subject to annual performance reviews. An attractive remuneration package for internationally hired includes:

* Internationally competitive salary;

* Annual holiday leave of 30 calendar days;

* One round trip return flight for the appointee and dependents to their home country per year;

* International health insurance;

* Accommodation for the appointee and dependents;

* Relocation allowance including air fare for the appointee and dependents.

Application packages should consist of a cover letter, CV, and a statement of research interests. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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