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The following positions are currently available at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin:
 

Research Staff

 
Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions: Reservoir Engineering and Numerical Simulation of CO2 Flooding

The Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), The University of Texas at Austin, is currently initiating a long-term DOE-funded multi-disciplinary project focused on optimizing the production of oil from the residual oil zone underlying one of the largest CO2 enhanced oil recovery project in the world in the Permian Basin of Texas. We have an opening for new or recent Ph.D.’s in geology, petroleum engineering, or related fields, with expertise relevant to the following area of interest:

Reservoir Engineering and Numerical Simulation of CO2 Flooding

Experience in modelling CO2 WAG floods using Eclipse and/or GEM reservoir simulators. Experience in interpreting the oil reservoirs from engineering data.

We are looking for researchers with good communications skills and the desire to publish their work in international journals. BEG has leading research groups in carbonate reservoir characterization and CO2 sequestration. We also have close collaborations with faculty in departments across the UT-Austin campus, including our top rated Petroleum Engineering department. This position will be based in North Austin at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus, The University of Texas at Austin. Austin is often on the list of top 10 or top 5 places to live in the U.S.

Please send a resume and expression of interest to:

Dr. Ian Duncan
Email at ian.duncan@beg.utexas.edu

The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All positions are security sensitive, and conviction verification is conducted on applicants selected.

 
Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions: Carbonate Geology and Reservoir Characterization

The Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), The University of Texas at Austin, is currently initiating a long-term DOE-funded multi-disciplinary project focused on optimizing the production of oil from the residual oil zone underlying one of the largest CO2 enhanced oil recovery project in the world in the Permian Basin of Texas. We have an opening for new or recent Ph.D.’s in geology, petroleum engineering, or related fields, with expertise relevant to the following two area of interest:

Carbonate Geology and Reservoir Characterization

Experience in characterizing carbonate reservoir rocks (using skills such as petrography, stable isotope geochemistry, and SEM imagery) and in developing three dimensional models of flow units using log analysis, and 3-D seismic data. Experience with Petrel or other similar reservoir modelling tools is desirable.

We are looking for researchers with good communications skills and the desire to publish their work in international journals. BEG has leading research groups in carbonate reservoir characterization and CO2 sequestration. We also have close collaborations with faculty in departments across the UT-Austin campus, including our top rated Petroleum Engineering department. This position will be based in North Austin at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus, The University of Texas at Austin. Austin is often on the list of top 10 or top 5 places to live in the U.S.

Please send a resume and expression of interest to:

Dr. Ian Duncan
Email at ian.duncan@beg.utexas.edu

The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All positions are security sensitive, and conviction verification is conducted on applicants selected.

 
Research Associate
Posting number 14-06-09-01-0708

Purpose
Expand the research capabilities of the Mudrocks Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL) and State Lands (STARR) programs by adding expertise in CT and SEM imaging of nano-scale pores in unconventional mudrock, sandstone, and carbonate hydrocarbon reservoirs systems and their relationship to porosity and permeability.

Essential Functions
Carry out research on shale porosity systems using SEM, FIBSEM, HEISEM, and CT scanning instrumentation. Present research results in oral and poster formats at local and national meetings. Serve on internal committees as necessary. Interact with university researchers and staff to assist in planning and developing research programs. Develop new programs and funding. Collaborate effectively with members of research teams to integrate research with that of others on the team. Publish reports in peer-reviewed journals. Work as part of an integrated team of researchers and technical staff. Develop new funding to support existing research and develop new research.

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Project Manager
Posting number 13-12-10-01-0361

Purpose
To provide leadership for West Texas (WTX) reserve and production forecasting group. Serve as the lead researcher on the project.

Essential Functions
Manage the WTX Reserves and Production Forecasting team effort, producing deliverables on time, keeping project within budget, meeting project reporting and publication requirements, and ensuring that the project has appropriate staffing. Conduct petroleum research aspects of the WTX shale reserves and production forecasting effort. Supervise the WTX shale team, plus additional direct reports as assigned. Interact with industry contacts, gaining funding support, data loans, and input on research directions. Make presentations to professional groups, state agencies etc., and publish research results.

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Research Associate - Structural Geologist
Posting number 14-05-09-01-0708

Purpose
Conduct research and study the evolution of salt structures to determine principles governing their behavior.

Essential Functions
Use seismic and outcrop datasets to build an understanding of salt-tectonic processes. Participate in field experiments and applied research relevant to the study of salt structures. Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications. Present research findings in oral and poster formats at local and national scientific meetings and technical workshops. Serve as mentor to the Bureau's junior researchers, students, and postdocs. Participate in outreach with state agencies and/or companies. Serve on internal committees as necessary. Interact with university researchers and staff to assist in planning and developing research programs. Develop new programs and funding.

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Research Associate - Geomechanical Modeler
Posting number 14-05-09-02-0708

Purpose
Conduct geomechanical modeling of coupled fluid flow and deformation at geological scales. Use advanced soil models to simulate the coupled behavior of sediments.

Essential Functions
Conduct research using numerical modeling techniques to study the geomechanical response of sediments under the combined action of basin deposition and large-strain salt deformations. Produce deliverables that are useful to other team members. Publish reports in peer-reviewed journals. Work as part of an integrated team of researchers and technical staff. Present research results in oral and poster formats at local and national meetings. Serve on internal committees as necessary. Interact with university researchers and staff to assist in planning and developing research programs. Develop new programs and funding.

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Research Associate - Structural Geologist
Posting number 14-05-09-03-0708

Purpose
Study the evolution of salt structures to determine principles governing their behavior.

Essential Functions
Conduct research using seismic and outcrop datasets to build an understanding of salt-tectonic processes and evolution of salt structures. Produce deliverables that are useful to other team members. Publish reports in peer-reviewed journals. Work in as part of an integrated team of researchers and technical staff. Present research results in oral and poster formats at local and national meetings. Serve on internal committees as necessary. Interact with university researchers and staff to assist in planning and developing research programs. Develop new programs and funding.

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Executive/Managerial Staff

Program Manager
Posting number 14-02-10-01-0367

Purpose
To manage the tactical, technical and operational components of the multimillion dollar annual Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Essential Functions
Manage and help to develop and evolve the technical and operational aspects of the consortium, bridging between the necessary internal university operations with the external research projects and member expectations. Interact with consortium members through a technical advisory council (TAC), set strategic technical direction, and tactically monitor research projects, renewals, and research priorities. Oversee and administer the external grant award process. Supervise three to four technical project managers who coordinate a portfolio of 30-40 research projects at universities and research institutions around the world, and a program coordinator who manages contracts and consortium logistics. Develop and maintain multi-year operational, financial and staffing plans for the AEC. Organize and summarize the administrative, financial and technical information presented to the Board of Management on a quarterly basis. Maintain contact with AEC member companies to ensure they are individually satisfied with the consortium and continue their investment. Help recruit new members into the consortium. Write and publish articles for internal and external publication that promote and define consortium research. Drive or travel to make presentations at universities, technical forums and conferences to promote the AEC and generate industry interest.

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Program Coordinator
Posting number 14-09-08-01-8105

Purpose
To provide a high level of administrative, financial support, and program development to Bureau of Economic Geology's Houston-based Center for Energy Economics (CEE) research team.

Essential Functions
Generate, track, monitor, and resolve all Bureau and University of Texas administrative forms within all guidelines, rules, and procedures for payables, receivables, subcontractors, and UTemps including appropriate interface with key personnel. Serve as lead contact between CEE Houston offices and Austin-based Bureau of Economic Geology personnel. Manage all critical Houston office functions for administrative needs, including interface with Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch, on site safety, and lease management for CEE's offices. Assist with and support all international scholars during short term residence in Houston. Assist with arrangements and related administrative requirements for CEE special events. These include: annual meeting and forum each December; periodic seminars and workshops; meetings with donors and sponsors and special visitors, such as international guests. Coordinate all travel planning and process expense reimbursements. Assist with generation, tracking and monitoring of contracts, invoices, travel arrangements, expense reimbursements, and other needs for all CEE outside experts and UTemps personnel while following all Bureau and University of Texas guidelines and procedures. Assist with internal systems to track, monitor, update CEE's accounts, contact database, and other essential information needs. Participate in development of and quality improvements of internal systems. Responsible for the daily operations of assigned programs ensuring program needs are met, resources are identified and recommendations are implemented for improvements or enhancements. Oversees the daily operations of program activities. Implements new or revised program goals to achieve effective performance. Makes necessary changes for improved services. Communicates the development of program activities and implements marketing strategies to promote the success of each program initiative. Interacts with students, faculty, staff and the community to facilitate program objectives. Prepares program budget and controls expenditures in accordance with budget allocations. Reviews current program budget and prepares projections for future programs.Prepares reportsand maintains records on program activities and progress. Submits special reports to management. Assists with special projects as assigned.

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Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate II - Lidar Technician
Posting number 14-09-12-01-4210

Purpose
To process and analyze research grade, high resolution topographic and shallow bathymetric lidar data for terrain and vegetation assessment, geoscience exploration, and rapid response hazard assessment. The Bureau of Economic Geology owns airborne and terrestrial lidar sensors and hyperspectral imaging cameras.

Essential Functions
Lidar data processing and analysis; topographic and bathymetric (shallow). Ground control GPS and remote aircraft positioning and attitude (INS) information processing. Lidar system calibration. Digital elevation model (DEM) creation and quality control of final product. Participate and assist in upkeep and field deployment of advanced lidar and hyperspectral equipment, perform data processing, conduct quality control and calibration in the field and in the office environment. Assist supervisor and other Bureau of Economic Geology employees associated with the lidar and imaging program in writing reports and manuscripts, periodic reporting to sponsors, and presenting material using Microsoft Office and other products. Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

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Technical Staff

No positions available at this time.

 

Administrative/Clerical Staff

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Service/Maintenance Staff

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The Bureau of Economic Geology is a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, and as such adheres to all University hiring practices. The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All positions are security sensitive, and conviction verification is conducted on applicants selected. The University of Texas at Austin remains committed to seeking the best qualified person to fill each available position.
 
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