Principal Geologist, Zambia

KoBold Metals
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Job Description

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 Global VP of Geology. In this role, you will be part of the core team responsible for planning and conducting exploration programs on our properties. You will help develop new targets and plans to test them and will oversee drilling, data collection on drill core, and other field activities from soil sampling to geophysical surveys. You will work closely with both geologists and data scientists in Zambia and around the world to help design and implement our proprietary software tools to get insights from geoscience data and to guide exploration programs in real time. You will be a key part of the team that puts these insights into practice in making exploration decisions in the field.

Work Location: Residential 5:2 based in Chingola or Chililabombwe. Six weeks on, two weeks off FIFO rotation negotiable.


The Principal Geologist will:

  • Have an expertise in sediment-hosted copper deposits
  • Oversee and conduct geological drill core logging
  • Be responsible for management of geologic staff in Zambia
  • Handle day-to-day management of drilling campaigns alongside Drilling Manager
  • Meet company objectives in discovery of new deposits
  • Perform a range of geological analyses to generate and refine targets and geologic models resulting from the data collection programs
  • Work collaboratively with data scientists and provide mentorship to geology team members
  • Drive the individual and collective talent development of KoBold Metal's Zambia's Geology team
  • Offer leadership and mentorship to local Geologists and Data Scientists
  • Incorporate local Data Scientists into understanding the basics of Mineral Exploration and Development
  • Lead due diligence reviews of advanced and complex projects
  • Generate opportunities and exploration strategies at regional and district scales, integrating all types of geoscientific information
  • Have advanced capability in using diverse datasets for generative purpose and hypothesis development
  • Guide documents and presentations of colleagues to the highest standard
  • Track record of training and mentoring staff members at varying levels in all aspects project generation, reconnaissance, and resource development


A great Prinicipal Geologist candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Geology/Geosciences
  • At least 15 years of experience in sediment-hosted copper mineral systems
  • Significant advanced project experience with exposure to resource development and technical studies requirements
  • Familiarity with JORC or NI: 43-101 reporting standards
  • Professional registration with an internationally recognised body
  • Excellent communication, management, and reporting skills
  • Ability to use geoscience data to think predictively and insightfully about exploration targeting
  • Experience supervising multiple exploration programs
  • Insatiable intellectual curiosity
  • Good computer skills including working knowledge of QGIS and Leapfrog Geo

Company Info.

KoBold Metals

KoBold Metals is pioneering Digital Exploration by applying statistical modeling, big data aggregation, and foundational ore-deposit science to materially improve the pace and efficacy of natural resources exploration. We are deploying our Machine Prospector tool to discover new ethical sources of Ni, Cu, Co, and Li critical for the electric vehicle revolution.

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