Senior Research Geophysicist in Grand Forks, United States

at University of North Dakota
Location Grand Forks, United States
Date Posted June 17, 2020
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent


University of North Dakota

Hiring Department: Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification: $70,000 plus based on experience/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, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 5PM on the closing date.

Position Details: The Full Position Description is attached to this posting in the bottom right hand corner.

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 a scientifically trained, confident, and experienced engineer or scientist to contribute to the success of the EERC and its clients. The responsibilities of this role include solving advanced challenges in unconventional reservoirs such as analysis of production mechanisms, diagnosis of production problems, hydraulic fracturing with different fluids, CO2/gas enhanced oil recovery (EOR), high-volume gas storage, advanced reservoir-monitoring techniques, and application of artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) algorithms in unconventional reservoirs.

The selected candidate will perform the following functions:
Perform research on advanced applied science related to developing numerical tools; geophysical field experiments; analysis and processing of geophysical data; geophysical modeling and inversion; time-lapse geophysics for the monitoring of geologic CO2 storage; and integrating multiple data sets including geophysical data, geological interpretations, production data, and reservoir simulations to perform innovative data interpretation.
Lead small groups of researchers to complete multidisciplinary research tasks, proposing subsurface research projects, and writing proposals to obtain funding for the projects.
Assist in the preparation of technical reports, and interfacing with a diverse team of scientists and engineers to assess project uncertainties in oil and gas development and geologic CO2 storage.
Suggest, assist with, and prepare proposals to potential clients.
Report results to clients.
Some travel is required.

At the EERC, we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit

Required Competencies:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Effective at project/task/personnel management in area of expertise
Seen as an expert in technical field
Track record of excellent teamwork and customer service
Excels at mentoring, advising, and/or supervising staff
Strong leadership
Proficient in analyzing geophysical data

Minimum Requirements:
Master’s degree in geophysics or closely related field.
5 years of related professional research experience in geophysics.
Experience with developing numerical algorithms and their application to field data.
Experience with Python, MATLAB, R, C, C++, or Fortran.
Experience using an industry-standard geophysical software package to analyze and process data.
Author or coauthor of a published peer-reviewed journal article or technical paper.
Applicants may be required to provide a writing sample of the interviewer's choice during interview.
Applicants may be required to provide a presentation to the interviewers during the interview.
Cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.
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 United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
Doctoral degree in geophysics or related field or 10+ years of professional research experience in exploration geophysics or reservoir characterization.
Experience with several geophysical methods, e.g., electromagnetics, gravity, and seismic.
Experience with one or more of the following: signal processing, machine learning, big data, and time-lapse geophysics.
Experience leading research projects.
Experience leading a multidisciplinary research team.

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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.

Veteran’s Preference
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 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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