Applied Geophysics Research Scientist (Energy Geosciences Division)

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Applied Geophysics Research Scientist (Energy Geosciences Division) – 87327
Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist in Applied Geophysics.

About Energy Geosciences at Berkeley Lab:
The Energy Geoscience Division (EG) of Berkeley Lab is advancing and integrating multi-disciplinary expertise to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into scalable solutions for the sustainable utilization and management of the Earth’s subsurface. We strive to promote the intelligent use of the subsurface as a substantial resource for energy and water, as well as its wise use for waste disposal. We work at the cutting edge of observation, measurement, and simulation of rock-fluid processes through the development and use of methodologies that span from the molecular to field scales. Together with our sister division in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), we address the most pressing energy and environmental challenges of our time, striving for scientific excellence that makes a difference in a changing world. We deeply care for an inclusive and diverse work environment and we are fully invested in the well-being and advancement of our staff.

About the position:
The Earth Scientist in this position is an outstanding early career Applied Geophysicist with a record of scientific vision and innovative research in characterizing and imaging subsurface structures and processes. A successful candidate is expected to support a extramurally supported frontier research program in applied geophysics with a broad range of exciting research projects involving novel field methods and experiments. Particular focus is on geophysical methods such as active source seismic techniques, borehole seismic acquisition and source development, distributed fiber optic sensing methods, permanent reservoir monitoring, and time-lapse seismic imaging approaches. Aligned with EGD’s ‘Sustainable Earth’ Strategic Direction, these methods will be utilized in a variety of contexts relevant to DOE’s mission of finding scientific solutions for the sustainable utilization of the subsurface, including characterization and monitoring of geological carbon storage, geothermal systems, oil and gas reservoirs, nuclear waste disposal, and groundwater management. The successful candidate will take advantage of world-class experimental and computational facilities at Berkeley Lab, including LBNL’s unique Geosciences Measurement Facility which has extensive resources for novel field seismic acquisition including high-temperature wirelines, downhole tools, recording systems, instrument fabrication facilities, and fiber optic sensing resources as well as more traditional geophysical instrumentation. Active collaboration with other scientific divisions across Berkeley Lab as well as with UC Berkeley is expected.

What You Will Do:
• Contribute with innovative research to the geophysics program within EGD as a recognized expert in applied seismology.
• Contribute to a nationally recognized program in the areas of borehole seismic geophysics, permanent reservoir monitoring, and distributed acoustic sensing using fiber optic networks.
• Design research agendas, conceptualize and conceive of research designs, develop detailed research plans, perform innovative and complex research and analysis, and synthesize results.
• Coordinate and manage field data acquisition projects.
• Lead and/or participate in projects related to geothermal and fossil energy, carbon storage, nuclear waste storage, and groundwater management issues.
• Collaborate with other scientists and forge collaborations across the Division, Area, Lab, and with colleagues at external institutions.
• Develop goals for subsurface seismic methods applied to areas of DOE interest.
• Independently raise funds for geophysical research at LBNL.
• Interact with clients (DOE and industry) and with professional colleagues through participation in meetings, advisory committees, and other forms of job-related communications.
• Mentor students and post-docs.
• Write LBNL reports, conference papers, and articles for refereed archival journals. Publish as primary or corresponding author in refereed journals, and present work extensively at conferences and workshops.

What is Required:
• Demonstrated experience in performing independent research and in developing complex and innovative new methods, tools, and approaches in applied geophysics.
• Demonstrated technical expertise in independently conceiving and designing research plans, performing data analysis, and presenting results.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write reports, conference papers, and refereed journal articles synthesizing research results, and to present research findings at conferences, workshops, and other forums.
• Demonstrated ability to work with professional colleagues, manage research projects and staff, prepare funding proposals, and independently attract research funding.
• PhD or equivalent experience in applied geophysics, or a related engineering field, and a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Deep expertise in one or more of the following topics: borehole/crosswell seismic data acquisition/processing, distributed acoustic sensing and other fiber optic sensing technologies, passive seismic imaging methods, permanent reservoir monitoring systems, optical seismic sensor instrumentation and data acquisition.
• Ability to collaborate with other Earth Scientists specializing in non-seismic monitoring methods (e.g., electromagnetic geophysics or potential field methods) and/or develop non-seismic acquisition/ processing/ analysis methodologies.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled

• Appointment Type:
– Dependent on professional experience, this is a full-time career-track or career appointment. The career track appointment is initially appointed for three years with the possibility of extension to five years and/or promotion to career contingent upon performance and available funding to support the position.
• Work Schedule:
– Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
• Background Check:
– This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
• Work will be primarily performed at:
– Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How To Apply
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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located next to UC Berkeley, the Lab is part of the stimulating San Francisco Bay Area innovation ecosystem. The region is also recognized for offering a high quality of life, having both abundant natural beauty and exciting urban surrounds.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law”. Successful applicants will receive the generous benefits of the University of California health and retirement plans.

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