Research Associate - Reservoir Engineer - Austin

at The University of Texas at Austin
Location Austin, United States
Date Posted August 2, 2017
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


As part of a multi-disciplinary, integrated research team, the candidate will conduct applied reservoir engineering research, with a focus on Texas, but with applications to other regions in the US and the world.

Essential Functions

Compile engineering data and and model subsurface reservoirs. Develop application and mitigation strategies. Engage in outside funding activities and promote program with stakeholders. Present research results to funding agencies, report results of research in journal articles and books, and present results at professional meetings. Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

MS, or PhD in petroleum engineering or geosciences or related technical discipline. Five or more years work experience with Master's degree or 3 years with PhD degree. Ability and desire to work in diverse, multi-disciplinary, integrated research teams. Record of scientific publication in international journals, research performance, and professional achievement commensurate with experience. Professional demeanor and excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability and desire to work in diverse, multi-disciplinary, integrated research teams. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

More than the required years of experience, with specific background and hands-on experience in reservoir fluid flow modeling, well test analysis, analyzing and manipulating reservoir data inputs, and relating these data to dynamic changes in reservoirs including pore pressure evolution, stress change, reservoir deformation, and fault reactivation. Proficient understanding of the subsurface interpretation process and working experience with multiple complex geologic systems including faulted, fractured, and stratigraphically complex reservoirs. Demonstrated collaboration experience with geocellular modelers and their modeling approaches. Demonstrated experience with reservoir simulation and geomechanics tools such as Eclipse, CMG, Tough, Visage, Abaqus, and others. Ability to seek out and develop high-level industry, academic, and government contacts. PhD with experience is strongly preferred.

Working 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 interstate, intrastate and international travel. Field work as necessary.

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

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.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, 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.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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