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Flow Modeler

Job Code:  R_00023027

Purpose: As part of a multi-disciplinary, integrated research team, the candidate will conduct hydrogeological and applied reservoir engineering research, with a focus on Texas, but with applications to other regions in the US and the world. The candidate will use his/her expertise to work with geophysical, geologic, petrophysical and geomodeling staff to develop single-well to basin-scale reservoir fluid flow models which incorporate injection, production, multi-phase flow, well test data, geological heterogeneities and anisotropic elements such as faults and fractures, and geomechanical effect using various modeling platforms.

Functions: Compile engineering and hydrogeological data. Model subsurface flow from reservoir-sized domains to regional aquifers. Develop application and mitigation strategies. Present research results to funding agencies, report results of research in journal articles and books, and present results at professional meetings. Engage in outside funding activities and promote program with stakeholders. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed.

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Postdoctoral Reservoir Engineer

Job Code:  R_00023070

Purpose: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) team has developed a CO2 storage capacity estimation tool that has been vastly used by internal and external researchers and needs an upgrade. This position is designed to find a postdoctoral fellow with strong background in multiphase flow systems that can update our software platform designed for CO2 storage capacity estimation and make this tool useful to current needs of the industry. Candidate will contribute to other reservoir engineering and modeling needs of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center team as needed.

Functions: Research and development in reservoir engineering. Code development with focus on application to carbon capture, utilization and storage. Numerical simulation of CO2 injection in subsurface for conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Fund raising from state, federal and industry to carry out fundamental and applied research in relevant topics. Public outreach and communication of the results of the research including attending conferences and meetings. Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications.

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Geologic Modeler

Job Code:  R_00022928

Purpose: As part of a multi-disciplinary integrated research team investigating US tight oil/shale gas plays, the candidate will play a central role, integrating geological, geophysical, petrophysical and engineering data and interpretations into a geo-cellular model, and in identifying and characterizing the need for further research into all of these fields. The geologic modeler is the focal point for subsurface data and information and provides geologically- and geographically-based volumetric assessments that are essential for estimates of in-place hydrocarbon resources and economic analysis of production scenarios.

Functions: Conduct research that accurately constructs, modifies, and quantifies, at both basin and development area-scales, 3D geo-cellular models of unconventional hydrocarbon resources, using skill sets in geoscience, facies analysis, petrophysics geostatistics, reservoir engineering, supported by various programming platforms. Collaborate within integrated subsurface team to acquire, analyze and model data needed for modeling input, and to export modeling results to be used in further analysis. Provide data to and interface with data analytics experts to help pinpoint subsurface and operational controls on well productivity. To proactively identify data types needed for further model improvement and work with other team members to ensure it is available in a timely manner. Identify and implement new and improved workflows related to 3D basin and sector-model construction and data extraction. Interaction with sponsors and prospective sponsors, collaborating with team members on program development, fundraising and grant applications. Work with key stakeholders to ensure that the models can be fully utilized. Document and present research in oral and poster formats to sponsors, in publications, and at regional and national meetings. Perform internal and professional society service.

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Postdoctoral Data Scientist

Job Code:  R_00022803

Purpose: The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge or some familiarity with prominent workflows in data science and machine learning, data ETL (Extraction, Transformation and Loading), various commercial and open source fluid flow simulation packages (included but not limited to CMG, Eclipse, etc) and be able to contribute to the codes/algorithm development (Python) in a group of Engineers, Data Scientists, and Geologist.

Functions: Research and development in reservoir engineering and data science with focus on application to carbon capture, utilization and storage. Fund raising from state, federal and industry to carry out fundamental and applied research in relevant topics. Public outreach and communication of the results of the research including attending conferences and meetings.

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Postdoctoral Researcher Low Carbon and Petroleum Engineering

Job Code:  R_00022462

Purpose: The State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) program is looking for a postdoctoral researcher capable to develop multi-phase flow simulation in support of increasing oil production in Texas oil fields.

Functions: Research in all aspects of reservoir engineering including CO2 enhanced oil recovery, water flood, and reservoir geology. Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications. Presentation of results to Texas operators and other relevant venues. Project administration.

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Co-PI Center for Integrated Seismicity

Job Code:  R_00022486

Purpose: Assume co-leadership of the Center for Integrated Seismicity Research (CISR), working in close coordination with an existing co-PI and the outgoing PI to maintain the quality and growth of CISR.

Functions: Co-Lead CISR program and supervise CISR staff. Conduct discipline-leading original research. Engage in outside funding activities and promote program with stakeholders. Organize and lead technical meetings with stakeholders. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed. Prepare and deliver technical presentations at scientific meetings and invited presentations. Supervise graduate students and post doctoral researchers. Maintain a robust scientific publication effort.

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Laboratory Experimentalist

Job Code:  R_00022339

Purpose: The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) seeks to hire a geoscientist who can join an integrated team working on multiple external awards that would benefit from laboratory physical experimental research. Primary research activities will focus on applications of physical experiments for carbon capture and geologic storage.

Functions: Perform original and independent and integrated research on CCUS, with a focus on physical laboratory experiments on multiphase flow, acoustic responses and numerical simulation. Contribution to project deliverables and scholarly publications in externally peer-reviewed publications. Participate in weekly GCCC meetings and planning sessions and interact with GCCC researchers and students involved in GCCC research. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed. Engage in outside funding activities (e.g., writing funding proposals) and promote programs with stakeholders.

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Life Cycle Analyst - Research Associate

Job Code:  R_00021804

Purpose: As part of a multidisciplinary, integrated research team, the candidate will contribute to various Bureau projects by conducting life cycle and supply chain analyses mostly across the energy industry, and particularly related to critical materials necessary for different energy systems.

Functions: Perform original and independent research on modeling potential environmental, life-cycle impacts of electricity generation facilities, using ISO standardized approaches and starting in west Texas, with the ability to model different energy mix scenarios to optimize the cost, reliability, and balance environmental impact. Develop and map existing and potentially new global supply chains of generation technologies. Conduct sensitivity analyses on the impact of future technology roadmaps, adjusting supply chain mapping accordingly. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the Jackson School or Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed. Present research results to funding agencies, report results of research in journal articles and books, and present results at professional meetings.

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Life Cycle Analyst - Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Code:  R_00021798

Purpose: As part of a multidisciplinary, integrated research team, the candidate will contribute to various Bureau projects by conducting life cycle and supply chain analyses. These analyses will be conducted mostly across the energy industry, and particularly related to critical materials necessary for different energy systems.

Functions: Perform original and independent research on modeling potential environmental, life-cycle impacts of electricity generation facilities, using ISO standardized approaches and starting in west Texas, with the ability to model different energy mix scenarios to optimize the cost, reliability, and balance environmental impact. Develop and map existing and potentially new global supply chains of generation technologies. Conduct sensitivity analyses on the impact of future technology roadmaps, adjusting supply chain mapping accordingly. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the Jackson School or Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed. Present research results to funding agencies, report results of research in journal articles and books, and present results at professional meetings.

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Economic Geologist

Job Code:  R_00021601

Purpose: To initiate and conduct basic scientific research in economic geology and to assess nonfuel mineral resources, including critical and industrial mineral resources, primarily in the State of Texas.

Functions: To initiate and conduct basic scientific research and resource assessment in economic geology across the State of Texas, assessing critical mineral resources and non-fuel minerals (including sand and aggregate) that can be used for economic or industrial purposes. Obtain research funding and serve as PI or co-PI on projects. Participate in and support other researchers in field work. Present project results at sponsor review meetings, regional and national conferences. Publish results in contract reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and other papers. Supervise and mentor junior research staff and students.

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Geologist

Job Code:  R_00021596

Purpose: Conduct office, field, and laboratory research tasks in the Near Surface Observatory at the BEG. The principal project assignment will be to interpret groundwater-quality surfaces from geophysical logs across Texas.

Functions: Interpret groundwater-quality surfaces (bases of fresh, slightly saline, and moderately saline water) and hydrostratigraphic boundaries across Texas from borehole geophysical logs using existing picks as a guide. Use GIS and other specialized software to organize and analyze water quality and hydrostratigraphic surfaces. Oversee geophysical log scanning. Assist researchers in field activities, including near-surface geophysical surveys, sediment sampling, geologic mapping, remote sensing surveys, and beach profiling. Write abstracts, present results to group and at conferences, and contribute to reports and publications as a first or contributing author.

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Geophysicist

Job Code: R_00021590

Purpose: Conduct field, office, and laboratory research tasks in the near-surface geophysics, GIS, and remote sensing fields under the direction of researchers in the Near Surface Observatory at The Bureau of Economic Geology.

Functions: Assist researchers in field activities, including near-surface geophysical surveys, sediment sampling, geologic mapping, remote sensing surveys, and beach profiling. Conduct GIS-based geologic mapping and analysis. Compile and analyze results of field and laboratory activities to produce GIS data sets, graphics, and tables. Write abstracts, present results to group and at conferences, and contribute to reports and publications as a first or contributing author.

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STARR Geospatial and Geoprocessing Analyst

Job Code: R_00021201

Purpose: The State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) program at the Bureau of Economic Geology University of Texas at Austin is seeking a geospatial/geoprocessing analyst to work on various projects focused on the energy and natural resource industries, and to provide and develop advanced geospatial processing tools that will enable future research.

Functions: Contribute in the developing and execution of a vigorous research program within the State of Texas. Participating in interdisciplinary research across the Bureau and UT Austin communities. Provide assistance in publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. Participating in securing extramural funding when needed. Database queries from IHS and other data sources. Filtering data to make maps and charts. Developing new techniques to improve the quality of the database and map results. Integrated project meetings with team members.

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Environmental Economist - Research Associate

Job Code: R_00018559-1

Purpose: As part of multidisciplinary, integrated research teams across the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), the candidate will conduct research on environmental economics, focusing on the energy and natural resource industries, and developing new research areas that can contribute science-based standards to improve environmental and social criteria being considered by ESG practitioners.

Functions: Conduct research into estimating the monetary value of environmental emissions (e.g., GHGs, PM) to air, land and water, land use and conservation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and how these estimates can be included in life cycle analyses (LCA) and cost-benefit analyses (CBA). Develop proposals and assist in fundraising activities. Present research results to stakeholders, public agencies, interest groups, and professional meetings. Publish research results in journal articles or books. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed. Supervise and mentor junior research staff and students.

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Postdoctoral Fellow Energy Economist

Job Code: R_00018527-1

Purpose: The Tight Oil Resource Assessment (TORA) project is looking for a full time researcher with experience in energy economics to enhance its production outlook methodology. The position requires working closely with TORA subsurface scientists and data analysts. The position requires combining solid fundamental knowledge of business economics and profitability. Ability and desire to communicate ongoing research with project sponsors is essential.

Functions: Energy economics. Intra-team interaction. Knowledge and technology transfer.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Code: R_00017662

Purpose: Perform analysis of chemical interactions and simulate multi-phase porous flow modified by water injection. Analysis of the role of kinetics, catalysis, and temperature on gas-gas and gas-fluid reactions.

Functions: Conduct novel research on gas-gas and gas liquid equilibrium for modified in situ combination in oil reservoirs, in close collaboration with team members. Present research to IA members and other stakeholder at IA meetings and short courses. Publish in BEG Reports of Investigation; peer reviewed, international, journals; and informal reports. Develop high performance computing applied to simulations that form the basis for these studies.

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Research Associate

Job Code: R_00016169

Purpose: The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge or some familiarity with prominent workflows in data science and machine learning, data ETL (Extraction, Transformation and Loading), various commercial and open source fluid flow simulation packages (included but not limited to CMG, Eclipse, etc) and be able to contribute to the codes/algorithm development (Python) in a group of Engineers, Data Scientists, Geologist.

Functions: Research and development in reservoir engineering and data science with focus on application to carbon capture, utilization and storage. Fund raising from state, federal and industry to carry out fundamental and applied research in relevant topics. Public outreach and communication of the results of the research including attending conferences and meetings.

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Research Scientist

Job Code: R_00013668

Purpose: Lead emerging research program in geothermal, subsurfacestorage, hydrogeology or environmental engineering.

Functions: Manage a research program, producing deliverables on time, keeping projects within budget, meeting project reporting and publication requirements, and ensuring that the project is appropriately resourced.Conduct technical research. Supervise the research team and additional direct reports as assigned. Interact with Industry, Government, and Academic stakeholders to seek input on research directions, define and execute relevant programmatic research, and secure funding and data to conduct research. Make presentations to professional groups, state agencies etc, and publish research results.

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Senior Research Scientist

Job Code: R_00013666

Purpose: Lead emerging research program in geothermal, subsurfacestorage, hydrogeology or environmental engineering.

Functions: Manage a research program, producing deliverables on time, keeping projects within budget, meeting project reporting and publication requirements, and ensuring that the project is appropriately resourced. Conduct technical research. Supervise the research team and additional direct reports as assigned.Interact with Industry, Government, and Academic stakeholders to seek input on research directions, define and execute relevant programmatic research, and secure funding and data to conduct research.Make presentations to professional groups, state agencies etc, and publish research results.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Code: R_00018543

Purpose: Assess global water resources using remote sensing and global models.

Functions: Work with remote sensing data and analysis. Work with global models. Document and present results in regular meetings and professional society meetings. Develop proposals for Federal agencies such as NASA or USAID.

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Petroleum Geochemist Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Code: R_00019541

Purpose: This position requires the candidate to design, assemble, and operate a geochemical test apparatus in a small scale to get ready and de-risk a future testing well that is going to be constructed at the Devine Test Site. Moreover, the candidate is required to develop computational reactive-transport models to reproduce the experimental and field observations of the fluid leakage through cement sheath. Candidate is expected to help with preparation of manuscripts and grants. Running field experiments is a component of this position and the candidate is expected to be available physically at the BEG and the field. Candidate is expected to work directly with vendors to procure equipment/materials and design lab/field experiments. Strong communication (written and oral) and teamwork are essential for this work.

Function: Design, assemble, and operate a laboratory-scale geochemical test apparatus to de-risk future field deployments. Analysis and modeling of the lab results to support this objective. Collaborate in the design and construction of an instrumented testing well at the Devine Test Site to scale up the laboratory apparatus to the field scale. Develop computational reactive transport models to characterize the formation and to explain possible complexities in the laboratory and field observations. Support the PI in writing grant proposals involving various AEC related concepts.

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Environmental Economist-Research Scientist

Job Code: R_00020500

Purpose: As part of multidisciplinary, integrated research teams across the Bureau, the candidate will conduct research on environmental economics, focusing on the energy and natural resource industries, and developing new research areas that can contribute science-based standards to improve environmental and social criteria being considered by ESG practitioners.

Function: Conduct research into estimating the monetary value of environmental emissions (e.g., GHGs, PM) to air, land and water, land use and conservation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and how these estimates can be included in life cycle analyses (LCA) and cost-benefit analyses (CBA). Conduct research in other areas of environmental and natural resource economics, including impacts of potential policy changes. Develop proposals and assist in fundraising activities. Present research results to stakeholders, public agencies, interest groups, and professional meetings. Publish research results in journal articles or books. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the Jackson School or Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed Supervise and mentor junior research staff and students.

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Postdoctoral Fellow Energy Researcher - Wilcox

Job Code: R_00020591

Purpose: The State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) project is looking for a postdoc capable to characterize the sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoecology and geochemistry of the Wilcox Group in onshore Texas with the aim of integrating these observations using an earth-system modelling approach to 1) better understand thermal maximum events, their impact in past climate and usefulness as modern analogs and 2) refine the stratigraphic and chronostratigraphic correlation of onshore Wilcox intervals to better assess geothermal and CCS potential within the State. The position requires performing multidisciplinary research and integration of sedimentological/stratigraphic, geochemical and biostratigraphic data, among other data types. The position requires proficiency in at least one G&G subdiscipline, experience describing siliciclastic units both in core and outcrops and a proven record designing data acquisition campaigns and analyzing data both in the lab and in the field. Proven record of excellence working in multidisciplinary and collaborative environments is required, as well as commitment to contribute to both academic and applied knowledge leading to publications in international peer-reviewed journals. The postdoc will interact with Texas operators and other state level stakeholders.

Function: Characterization of the Wilcox Gp. in Texas for purposes of assessing its paleoclimatic significance, as well as its potential to develop geothermal and CCS resources within the State of Texas.
Knowledge and technology transfer as well as project administration.

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