Porous Scale Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar

AU-Earth & Environmental Sciences
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Jul 13, 2018
Aug 12, 2018
Geochemistry, Hydrology
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Porous Scale Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar - 85300

Organization:  AU-Earth & Environmental Sciences


Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division (https://eesa.lbl.gov/our-divisions/energy-geosciences/) in Earth & Environmental Sciences Area has an opening for a Porous Scale Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar to develop pore-scale models for multiphase reactive systems, with a particular focus on fractures.  The principal focus area will be to elucidate mechanisms that control fracture alteration in multiphase systems, with the ultimate goal of informing permeability and chemical evolution of fractured porous media at continuum scales. The modeling work will initially involve the coupling of a reactive transport code with a multiphase flow simulator. The incumbent will also involve some lab work that visualizes fluid-solid and fluid-fluid interfaces for model development and validation. You will work as part of a larger team that includes geochemists, computational scientists and hydrologists aiming to develop better predictive capability for subsurface alteration driven by coupled physical and chemical processes.


What You Will Do:

• Develop multiphase reactive transport models to investigate alteration of mineral-fluid interface at pore-scale.

• Lead experimental efforts or collaborate with experimentalists to collect experimental data in multiphase reactive systems.

• Use image data (e.g. computed tomography) to quantify interface (fluid-fluid and fluid-solid) dynamics for model validation.

• Apply the model to numerically investigate fracture alteration in presence of multiple fluid phases and to inform subsurface energy practices, including nuclear waste disposal, geologic carbon storage and unconventional oil and gas recovery.

• Engage as a member of a large, multidisciplinary research team that includes geochemists, hydrologists, and computational scientists.

• Author peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports.

• Communicate research findings at scientific conferences.

• Conduct lab and office work under established safety guidelines.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

• Scientific community, Laboratory and/or DOE service.


What Is Required:

• Ph.D. in civil or environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or related fields.

• Experience in multiphase flow, in (fractured) porous media in particular.

• Experience in high performance computing and code development.

• Experience in modeling across scales and upscaling.

• Ability to identify and develop new research areas and proposals.

• Ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists.

• Ability to author peer-reviewed journal publications and technical reports.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Experience in microfluidic experiment or core-scale multiphase experiment.

• Experience in geochemistry and mineralogy.


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

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process. 


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