Senior/Principal Exploration Geophysicist
About the company
KoBold Metals is a mineral exploration company created to increase the ethical supply of critical materials, including Ni, Co, Cu, and Li, that are needed to build electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. Many new mines will be needed if electric vehicles are to become widespread, but before new ore deposits can be mined, they must be found.
KoBold's objective is to make more discoveries with fewer failures by drawing on both world-class expertise in exploration geoscience and machine learning and other scientific computing techniques. KoBold employees' equity ownership in the company enables everyone on the team to share in the value we create through our discoveries.
Our technology includes a comprehensive data system and a broad suite of analytical tools that helps guide our decisions from concept generation to drill testing to resource expansion to mine development and operations. Our data platform, TerraShedTM, aggregates, structures, and QCs vast collections of scientific data and makes it rapidly available for visualization and analysis. Our suite of algorithms, Machine Prospector®, interrogates that data with a range of techniques -from computer vision to full-physics joint inversions to ensemble machine learning-to generate features that are tied to ore-forming processes or that tease out subtle signals in the data. We use those features to predict subsurface composition, permissive structural and stratigraphic settings, or other important controls on mineralization.
Our models are designed to rigorously quantify the uncertainty in our predictions and to estimate how different ways of collecting incremental data will decrease the uncertainty in our knowledge of the subsurface. These insights inform our decisions of where to acquire mineral properties, what data to collect in the field, and where to drill to discover new ore deposits. And our technology system enables us to use new information in the field to refine our models and adapt our field programs in real time.
Our team includes top mineral explorers who collectively have more than 300 years of exploration experience and have made nearly 20 discoveries. KoBold geoscientists work on exploration teams jointly with outstanding data scientists, who have Ph.D.s in physics, math, materials science, and geophysics. And our technology backbone has been built from scratch by our team of software engineers who are alumni of top Silicon Valley tech companies.
KoBold Metals is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and Equinor.
About the position
This role is for a geophysicist with expertise in modeling geophysical data for exploration who seeks to develop new and more effective ways of extracting geologic insight from potential field and electromagnetic data.
This role has several important components: You will design and oversee geophysical data collection and analyze geophysical data for KoBold projects and potential acquisitions. You will work closely with data scientists to generate and implement analytical methods in our software. You will advise exploration teams across the company in your areas of expertise. And you will help shape the technical road map of the company through leading-edge thinking on data acquisition and analysis methods.
You will work directly with our senior technical advisors, academic collaborators, and external experts on developing new methods; you will work with contractors and JV partners on field programs; and you will work with the executive team on making the investment case for acquisitions, field programs, and partnerships.
Ultimately, your role is to help KoBold make valuable discoveries through rigorous collection and analysis of geophysical data and by generating novel ideas of how to explore and putting them into practice in collaboration with KoBold geologists and data scientists.
The Exploration Geophysicist will:
A great Exploration Geophysicist candidate will have: Technical expertise in, and significant experience with:
Other key skills and problem-solving approach:
Training and work experience:
KoBold Metals is an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity for people of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
This position is full-time, exempt.
Location: We are open to candidates anywhere in the world. KoBold Metals has offices in Vancouver, BC and Berkeley, CA, and a presence in Zambia.
Interested applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and a cover letter that describes your perspective on geophysical data collection and analysis and addresses the items enumerated in the problem-solving approach section above. Candidates should state whether they currently have authorization to work in the US or Canada.