Associate Reservoir Engineer — Illinois State Geological Survey

at Illinois State Geological Survey
Location Illinois, United States
Date Posted October 15, 2015
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Associate Reservoir Engineer

Illinois State Geological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology.  The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety.   The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.


We are seeking an individual to conduct research on carbon dioxide storage in brine saturated formations and oil reservoirs including modeling of subsurface fluid flow and assessing reservoir suitability for sequestration based on best practices in reservoir engineering.  Work with others in meetings, e-mails, one-on-one conversations to identify exhaustive and detailed list of storage scenarios. Develop models of reservoir quality and its distribution. Work with the distribution of porosity, permeability, productivity, injectivity, and similar parameters, and all aspects of predicting pressure and fluid distributions. This includes but is not limited to 1) identifying any correlations between properties, 2) making qualitative checks of the data, 3) analyzing the data statistically, and using the data as input to various software programs all with the purpose of predicting pressure and fluid distribution. Calibrate reservoir model to historically observed field measurements. Make projections of CO2 storage using calibrated reservoir model for various storage scenarios. Interpret results and assess general performance of CO2 storage. Prepare presentations, reports, and possibly a journal manuscript. Visit field locations that may be under less than ideal conditions.


Qualifications: Ph.D. in petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, or related discipline.  Experience in conducting original and high quality reservoir engineering and fluid flow modeling research projects, natural gas storage, CO2 storage, oil reservoir, or coalbed methane and/or multi-phase contaminant transport.  Ability to communicate research results effectively through high quality reports, publications, and presentations. Skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and reservoir simulation software. Ability to organize and execute research tasks. Ability to prioritize, accomplish tasks, and meet deadlines. Ability to work independently. Good communication skills to establish friendly, open, and clear communication with others. Ability and willingness to effectively contribute as part of a team.


This is a regular full-time academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date.  Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applications must be received by October 28, 2015. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.  Incomplete information will not be reviewed.


For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at or 217-244-2401.

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