About the company

KoBold Metals is a mineral exploration company that uses machine learning and other scientific computing techniques to increase the ethical supply of critical materials (i.e., Ni, Co, Cu, Li) 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 is the first full-stack exploration company. We combine some of the world's top mineral explorers with an outstanding team of data scientists and software engineers to bring a comprehensive skill set to bear on exploration. Our technology has been built from scratch by alumni of top Silicon Valley software companies to guide every aspect of mineral exploration as well as mine development and operations. Our team consists of dozens of PhDs in physics, math, materials science, and geophysics, as well as top mineral explorers who collectively have >300 years of exploration experience and have made nearly 20 discoveries.

Our data platform, TerraShedTM, aggregates and structures vast collections of scientific data. And Machine Prospector®, our suite of algorithms, interrogates that data with a range of techniques-from computer vision, to full-physics joint inversions, to ensemble machine learning-to make statistically rigorous predictions of the composition of the subsurface.

The careful use of statistics is an essential component of exploration and mine development given the data's inherent uncertainty, and Machine Prospector® rigorously quantifies how new data will decrease prediction uncertainty. These predictive models are used to guide our decisions of where to acquire mineral properties, what field data to collect, and where to drill to discover new ore deposits.

KoBold Metals is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Equinor.

About the position

KoBold is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Geologist who will be part of our multidisciplinary exploration team, reporting to the VP Exploration. In this role, you will be part of the core team responsible for identifying targets, conducting rigorous geologic assessments of ground for potential claim-staking or acquisition, and performing geologic analysis as well as planning and conducting field work on our properties. The Geologist will also work closely with our team of data scientists and software engineers to support development of our internal software tools and to evaluate prospects generated by our proprietary system.


The Geologist will:

  • Compile and evaluate various datasets at regional to prospect scales and conduct assessments of exploration potential
  • Review and evaluate geoscience data provided by potential sellers of assets or joint venture partners
  • Perform a range of geological analyses and work collaboratively with data scientists
  • Contribute to the design, budgeting, permitting, and execution of field programs


A great Geologist candidate will have:

  • An advanced degree in geoscience; a Ph.D. is preferred
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in exploration geology or economic geology, not including graduate study
  • An excellent understanding of geologic fundamentals, ore systems, and mineral exploration
  • Experience evaluating ore-deposit prospectivity using field techniques and geospatial software, and an interest in doing both field and desktop work
  • Insatiable intellectual curiosity

It is preferred but not required to have:

  • Knowledge of geostatistics and coding (Python)
  • Proficiency in QGIS, Leapfrog, and ioGAS
  • Experience with magmatic sulfide and/or sediment-hosted copper systems

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: The candidate will live and work in either the USA or Canada. Although KoBold has offices in Berkeley and Vancouver, the candidate may be required to work from their home location.

Interested applicants should send their resume to

posted: 10 February 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.