The Energy Geosciences Division (EGD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is seeking an outstanding scientist to execute and lead fundamental and applied projects in subsurface energy science, e.g., in the areas of geologic carbon sequestration, geothermal and fossil energy resource development, nuclear waste disposal, subsurface energy storage, and groundwater hydrology. The candidate must be technically broad and comfortable in a multidisciplinary working environment, with a solid scientific background and experience in basic and applied research. We seek individuals with previous experience in laboratory experimentation or field hydrology, and/or in computational modeling including applications and code development.
The EGD Hydrogeology Department is multifaceted with expertise in theoretical porous media flow and transport and related applied mathematics, and hydrology, geochemistry, and geomechanics in both laboratory and large-scale field settings. Many staff members are involved in the application and development of numerical simulation capabilities (e.g., the TOUGH family of codes). Collaboration between staff in the Hydrogeology Department and staff in the Geochemistry and Geophysics Departments occurs in many projects.
The incumbent in this position will conduct research and develop new approaches to laboratory, field, and/or modeling studies of fluid flow and transport in saturated and unsaturated porous and fractured media. The Hydrogeology staff conducts research to meet the needs of various projects for the Department of Energy in the areas of nuclear waste geological disposal, environmental management, fossil energy (including geologic carbon sequestration), geothermal reservoir engineering, and basic energy sciences.
The position will include significant proposal development, with initiatives primarily directed at the Department of Energy, program management, and project execution. In addition to the reporting requirement the job will also require frequent technical publication and presentation at conferences and other public forums. While the position is considered mid-career, hiring may be at the Research Scientist or Staff Scientist levels depending on the abilities and experience of the successful candidate, and exceptional early career scientists will be considered.
What Will You Do:
Conduct research and develop new approaches to laboratory, field, and/or modeling studies of fluid flow and transport in unsaturated and saturated media, porous and fractured rock systems, and other relevant media and regions (e.g., surface waters).
Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to develop advanced theories, numerical and experimental techniques to address outstanding problems in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology and reservoir engineering. Emphasis will be on developments that will contribute toward addressing issues of national or international concern, such as nuclear waste geological disposal, environmental management, fossil energy (including geologic carbon sequestration), geothermal reservoir engineering, and basic energy sciences.
Independently design a research agenda, conceptualize and conceive of research designs, develop detailed research plans, perform innovative and complex research and analysis, and synthesize results.
Supervise, direct, and lead internal LBNL staff, and technical subcontractors, on EGD projects.
Collaborate with staff in the Energy Geosciences Division as well as with colleagues from other institutions. Collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, for example with geophysicists, geochemists, and biologists.
Author or co-author scientific reports and peer-reviewed journal articles. Present research results at conferences and meetings within the scientific community, and with the Department of Energy and other funding agencies.
Assist in writing proposals to fund hydrologic flow and transport, and subsurface energy 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.
At the Staff Scientist level the incumbent may also:
Engage in substantial interaction with funding agencies. Build and maintain effective relationships with clients.
Independently raise funds for hydrologic flow and transport, and subsurface energy research at LBNL.
Assist in developing programmatic goals for EGD in areas of DOE interest.
Directly supervise and mentor a group of other professionals, technical support staff, or students in support of independent project(s).
Oversee a Program or Department within EGD.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Assist in preparing reports and giving briefings as needed in support of Earth & Environmental Science Area programs.
Mentor junior scientists and post-docs.
What is Required:
Extensive knowledge of fluid flow and transport in saturated and unsaturated soils, porous and fractured media.
Substantial knowledge of geology, hydrology, or related earth science, chemistry, or related engineering field.
Experience conducting independent research, as well as working with a multi-disciplinary team, as demonstrated by a significant publication record.
Demonstrated technical and managerial expertise in independently conceiving and designing research plans, performing data analysis, and presenting results in scientific forums, including archival refereed publications.
Ability and demonstrated experience in developing and managing high-impact projects and in developing complex and innovative new methods, tools, and approaches in subsurface flow and transport.
Demonstrated ability to serve in advisory roles to government agencies, industry groups, and other stakeholders.
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 in conferences, workshops, and other forums.
Demonstrated ability to work with clients and professional colleagues, manage research projects, prepare funding proposals, and independently attract research funding.
PhD, or equivalent experience in hydrogeology, civil or environmental engineering, or a related field, and at least five years of relevant professional experience.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Expertise in statistical and inverse methods as applied to hydrogeology and reservoir engineering.
Knowledge of risk analysis and quantification.
Deep expertise in one or more of the following topics:
Numerical modeling code applications and development
HPC for subsurface flow and transport
Laboratory imaging and experimentation related to high-pressure multiphase flow
Field hydrology observations and experimentation
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a (full time/part-time) career appointment.
This position may be hired at the Research or Staff Scientist level, depending on business needs, and selected candidate's skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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.
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