Nazarbayev University
School of Mining & Geosciences

School of Mining & Geosciences

About us

Welcome to the Nazarbayev University School of Mining and Geosciences career page!

Being established to pioneer Kazakhstani education, science, and innovation sectors, the Nazarbayev University today is actively changing the sector of the scientific and educational services in future. In doing so, we strive for leadership on the global scientific and educational markets; therefore having a highly qualified staff is one of the main priorities for NU.

We are seeking for talented individuals willing to contribute to the achievement of the University mission and goals. We encourage all candidates who are committed to our values to be a part of our Community.

Our core values are:

Embracing diversity – integrated into every aspect of education, research and community;

Equal access to education – regardless of race, religion, gender, physical capacity or socioeconomic status;

Merit based institution – open to all talented and bright students, faculty and researchers;

Integrity of teaching, research, administration and student life;

Professionalism and high ethical principles for students, teachers and researchers;

Transparency and openness – public accessibility to all aspects of university operations.

The process of selection and hiring of employees of Nazarbayev University is based on the principles of transparency, objectivity and independence. One of the key principles is the principle of equal opportunities – non-admission of any discrimination depending on gender, age, physical abilities, race, nationality, property, social and official position, and place of residence, religion, political beliefs, belonging to the genus or class and public associations.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES – PhD and MSC holders

The Geoscience Department of the School of Mining and Geosciences is seeking outstanding researchers to fill up to 3 full-time research positions at post-doctoral (PhD holder) and/or MSc levels. PhD holder candidate must have at least two Q1 publications as a lead author. The fields of research are broadly defined across the range of geological sciences related to exploration and exploitation of petroleum, uranium, and emerging energy minerals as well as to utilization of sedimentary basins for geoscience solutions related to renewable energy (geothermal, solar, wind) and carbon storage. The overall research theme is a “Sedimentary Models for Energy Transition / SMET”. The main aim is to create innovative solutions which will contribute to nation’s goals to continue being globally competitive energy producer and through various decarbonization initiatives to become a world leader in climate change mitigation. Research topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. i) Geothermal Energy Production, Solar and Wind Energy Storage, and Carbon Storage and Sequestration (CSS) Potential in Sedimentary Basins
  2. ii) Petroleum Source Rocks: Origin and Characterization with Implications to Petroleum Exploration, Unconventional Resource Evaluation, and Carbon Storage Potential.
    iii) Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of Uranium Bearing Formations in Chu-Sarysu Basin with Implications to Reservoir Modeling and Recovery Methods.
    iv) Advanced Petroleum Reservoir Studies with Focus on Reducing the Production Cost and Carbon Footprint through improved modeling, optimized recovery strategies, and EOR.
    v) The Application of Modern and Outcrop Analogues for Subsurface Mapping, Modeling, and Field Development.

All projects are funded by public grants, industry partners, and/or industry consortiums and thus are subject to semi-annual and annual reviews.

We seek ambitious candidates who are able independently to plan and conduct research, acquire, analyze, and integrate scientific literature and 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 industry partners is an advantage. Willingness 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). They will have opportunities to co-supervise BSc and MSc projects and get involved in teaching activities.

The salary is internationally competitive. The employment contracts are for 2 to 3 years, but subject to 3-6 month probation period and semi-annual and annual performance and budget reviews. Working language is English. Knowledge of Russian and/or Kazakh, familiarity with Kazakhstan sedimentary basins, and/or government geological data storages and sample repositories is a strong advantage. However, the primary criteria in selecting the successful candidates will be scientific merit and the way in which they would contribute to the future development of department and to the potential benefits to the society.

The successful candidates will have a PhD or MSc degree in geosciences (preferably sedimentology or geochemistry). An applicant is expected to send a motivation cover letter, CV, a list of publications, and provide names of 3 professionals from relevant academic or industry fields from whom reference letters can be requested. All documents should be sent electronically directly to Dr. Milovan Fustic milovan.fustic@nu.edu.kz . The positions remain open until filled; evaluation of applications will begin on January 15, 2021. Only selected candidates will be contacted. We encourage applicants with current commitments (i.e. expected completion of PhD in 2021), who are interested in joining us later, to communicate with us.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE DATA MANAGER / DATA ANALYST

The Geoscience Department of the School of Mining and Geosciences has an opening for a data manager – geospatial data analyst. This is a full-time research focused position at MSc (MSc holder) level.

We seek an ambitious candidate who is able independently to acquire, archive, analyze, and integrate a range of various data and work closely with an interdisciplinary team of geoscientists. Willingness and ability to travel and interact with industry partners and government organizations is essential.

The employment contract is for 3.5 years, but subject to a 6 month probation period and annual performance and budget reviews. Working language is English. Knowledge of Russian and/or Kazakh, familiarity with Kazakhstan sedimentary basins, and/or government geological data storages and sample repositories is a strong advantage. The successful candidates will have an MSc degree in geography (preferably GIS related) or geosciences and a strong background using ArcMAP / GIS and/or Petrel. After the initial year of the project, the candidate may have an option to pursue PhD studies in Geosciences.

An applicant is expected to send a motivation cover letter and CV and provide names of 3 professionals from relevant academic or industry fields from whom reference letters can be requested. All documents should be sent electronically directly to Dr. Milovan Fustic milovan.fustic@nu.edu.kz . The position remain open until filled; evaluation of applications will begin on January 15, 2021. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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