Principal Geophysicist in Grand Forks, United States

at University of North Dakota
Location Grand Forks, United States
Date Posted May 30, 2018
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent


Hiring Department: Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC)

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classifications: $120,000+/Annual, Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, long term care insurance, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Some travel required.

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 5PM on the closing date. Review of applications will begin on June 29th, 2018. Positon remains open until filled.


Position Details: A Complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

This position is located at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), an International leader in energy and environmental research, conducting projects for clients throughout the United States and the world. The EERC offers opportunities to people with an exceptional work attitude, dedication to high professional standards, and commitment to personal development. We are looking for experienced, aggressive, scientifically trained, and market-oriented individuals to contribute to the success of the organization by performing one or more of the following functions: Lead groups of researchers to complete multidisciplinary research tasks; propose research projects and write proposals to obtain funding for the projects; manage teams to complete funded projects within budget and schedule Perform technical work integrating multiple data sets such as well log data, 3-D seismic data, geological interpretations, production data, and reservoir simulations to create comprehensive interpretations of the subsurface Acquire and interpret a variety of geophysical data; lead the preparation of technical reports Interact and coordinate with a diverse team of scientists and engineers to add value to a variety of projects focused on enhanced oil and gas development and geologic CO2 storage using cutting-edge technologies. Some travel is required.
Required Competencies: Excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Effective at project/task/personnel management in area of expertise. Seen as an expert in technical field. Knowledge and willingness to learn about new technologies. Excels at mentoring, advising, and/or supervising staff Strong leadership abilities. Adherence to and promotion of good safety practices in the workplace and field
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Minimum Requirements: Master of science degree. 10 years minimum of related professional experience in Geophysics or Geomechanics. Experience using a seismic interpretation software package to interpret 2-D and 3-D seismic data sets. Experience with geophysical data acquisition. Experience with and/or familiarity with geophysical data processing. Author or coauthor of a published peer-reviewed journal article or technical paper. Experience preparing and delivering presentations. Cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae. Applicants may be required to provide a writing sample of the interviewer's choice during interview. Successful completion of Criminal history background check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Geophysics or related field and 10+ years of professional experience in exploration. geophysics, reservoir characterization, or oil and gas research. Experience managing technical staff with diverse backgrounds and education levels. Experience writing technical proposals within a prescribed framework. Experience designing and managing projects with strict time lines and fixed budgets. PMP certification or other project management credential a plus. Proficient in the use of Schlumberger’s Petrel, Hampson Russell HRS-10, Kingdom or similar geophysics software packages. Experience with and understanding of geophysical data processing software and algorithms. Proficiency in one or more of the following: geophysical modeling, prestack seismic inversion, time-lapse seismic analysis, signal processing, or processing seismic data from field records. Experience with Linux. Experience with coding tools such as MatLab, C, C++, Python, or Fortran.

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Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement
UND 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 or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status on the form found at This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

ND Veteran’s Preference
North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement
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