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Postdoctoral Researcher Low Carbon and Petroleum Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin
retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
August 26, 2023

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Researcher Low Carbon and Petroleum Engineering


Hiring Department:

Bureau of Economic Geology


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



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Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Sep 30, 2023





Job Details:

General Notes

This position is located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin.


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.


  • 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.
Required Qualifications

PhD in Petroleum Engineering or equivalent field, knowledge of CO2 enhanced oil recovery, water flood, and reservoir geology, expertise with one or more multiphase flow simulation programs such as Eclipse, CMG, and Tough. Write reports and papers in Domestic and International Journals. Proven capacity for innovative, creative scientific analysis. Ability to give presentations to operators and to academic audiences. Proven publication and verbal communication skills. Ability to work both independently and effectively in a group. Ability to work effectively with multiple disciplines, including engineers, data scientist, geologists. Ph.D. must have been received within 3 years from date of hire.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Deep understanding of the CO2 enhanced oil recovery process. Knowledge of phase behavior and multiphase flow simulation. Strong background in history matching and production optimizations. Experience in oil field engineering. Knowledge of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and associated economics. Programing skills particularly in python or C. Experience in the application of various advanced data & analytics and statistical methodologies to large geophysical, petrophysical, geologic, reservoir and other subsurface data sets. Proven publication record and verbal communication skills with a wide variety of audiences. Broad skills base in areas, including petrophysics and geology. Demonstrated interest in understanding the challenges faced by society to explore, exploit, and store energy resources and willingness to help define research direction to better understand the role of engineers and geoscientists as part of the ongoing energy transition.

Salary Range

$60,000 - $65,000

Working Conditions
  • May work in all weather conditions
  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
  • Occasional weekend, overtime, and evening work to meet deadlines
  • Occasional travel intrastate, interstate, international

  • Occasionally drive UT vehicle

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information
  • Letter of interest

Importantfor applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers:You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure thatALLRequired Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers:As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questionspresented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an ,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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