Postdoctoral Scholar, Geophysics: Distributed Acoustic Sensing

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
Apr 23, 2018
May 23, 2018
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Postdoctoral Scholar, Geophysics: Distributed Acoustic Sensing - 84880

Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences


Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division ( has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar, Geophysics: Distributed Acoustic Sensing. You will focus on creative processing approaches for utilizing distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) and/or permanent seismic sources to infer subsurface properties relevant to energy and environmental applications. Your work will include planning, execution, and analysis of large-scale active source DAS studies utilizing state-of-the-art acquisition systems and processing approaches. This position will provide an opportunity to process unique timelapse DAS datasets observing a variety of targets including CO2 injection, geothermal production, and oil & gas fracturing operations. We seek expertise in seismic signal processing and advanced imaging algorithms including timelapse full-waveform inversion and traveltime inversion in anisotropic environments. 


What You Will Do:

• Conduct original and independent research under broad supervision and guidance.

• Develop processing approaches for analyzing large seismic datasets acquired using DAS.

• Assist planning and execution of large-scale seismic acquisition campaigns.

• Process and invert acquired datasets using state-of-the-art algorithms.

• Integrate acquired seismic data with secondary geophysical and hydrogeological datasets for interpretation.

• Work as a member of a large multidisciplinary research team.

• Present and publish results.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

• Acquire and process near-surface active source seismic datasets for environmental characterization studies.


What Is Required:

• Recent Ph.D in geophysics, civil engineering, or a related geoscience field

• Experience with end-to-end seismic processing for reflection, VSP, and/or crosswell studies.

• Experience in field seismic acquisition. 

• One or more of the following:

   - Experience with computational seismology utilizing large (> 1 TB) observational datasets.

   - Experience with distributed acoustic sensing and fiber optic measurement methods.

   - Experience with seismic signal processing approaches.

   - Experience with full waveform inversion approaches.

   - Experience with microseismic processing approaches.

   - Experience developing parallel implementations of seismic analysis algorithms.

   - Knowledge of quantitative rock physics.

• Ability to effectively present and publish in a scientific venue, including sufficient language skills.

• Ability to work in a dynamic team environment and effectively collaborate with colleagues.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Ability to develop proposals.

• Familiarity with well logs and geological characterization approaches.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



• This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.    

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

• Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

• 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.


How To Apply

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