Join the Lab

We are always on the look out for enthusiastic, motivated people to join Mines Glaciology and kick it with us in Golden. Prospective graduate students or postdoctoral scholars interested in blending remote sensing with ground geophysics to investigate ice-sheet processes should feel free to contact Matt at to discuss potential research projects. Any graduate student accepted as part of Mines Glaciology will be fully funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. The typical postdoctoral position will be for one year, with renewal for a second year subject to performance.

We are also happy to take on undergraduate researchers from Mines or elsewhere year-round. Except in extenuating circumstances, all undergraduate research experiences are paid positions. 

Students with strong backgrounds in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or astrophysics are particularly encouraged to apply.


Current opportunities

  • The Mines Glaciology Laboratory is seeking a motivated postdoctoral scholar to work with the IceBridge Science Team and NASA’s ICESat-2 Science Definition Team to develop data products and processing algorithms for generating multi-mission, multi-platform time series of dynamic ice-surface evolution. This project is in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Earth and Space Research. Click here for more information on this opportunity, including instructions for how to apply.
  • There are multiple graduate student positions open for students to join Mines Glaciology. Students would be enrolled in the graduate program in the Department of Geophysics. Applications to start Spring 2020 are due 1 October 2019, while applications to start Fall 2020 are due 1 Jan 2019. Read more about the Geophysics graduate program at

Why Golden?

Colorado School of Mines sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 20 minutes west of Denver and 25 minutes south of Boulder. With a dozen major ski areas within a three hour drive, a white-water kayak run in town, world-class mountain biking from your office door, and sunshine 300+ days a year (according to legend at least), we aren’t sure why you wouldn’t want to come here. Beyond the obvious perks of living in the Front Range, we have USGS on campus and all of the academic perks of Boulder (NCAR, NOAA, CIRES, NSIDC, and UNAVCO to name a few) right up the road. 

Get in touch

Don’t let the lack of a “current opportunity” stop you from starting a conversation about joining the group. If it seems like you’ll be a productive member of Mines Glaciology, we can work to find the funding. The more lead the time the better, so let’s start talking.