Earth Research Scientist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Oct 12, 2018
Nov 11, 2018
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Earth Research Scientist - 85608

Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences


Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA, has an exciting opening for an Earth Research Scientist to join their Geophysics Department (


The Earth Research Scientist will conduct collaborative multidisciplinary research on basic and applied topics mainly in the field of rock mechanics. The position will require a broad interest in field/experimental strain/stress measurements and in numerical modeling of fully coupled thermo-hydro mechanical and chemical processes in fractures and fault zones. 


This role will be working on applications related to geological sequestration of CO2, geothermal field development and nuclear waste repository site long term integrity.  Some fundamental research interests are (i) understanding the effects of fault permeability variations on the growth of aseismic to seismic slip caused by fluid injection, (ii) exploring the effects of remote earthquakes on faults’ permeability and (iii) imaging the long term post rupture three-dimensional evolution of eventual fault hydraulic channeling and sealing.  In parallel, this profile includes research on borehole instrumentation involving strain measurements and their integration into seismic monitoring networks. The researcher will be strongly involved into the future developments and testing dedicated to in situ probing of hydromechanical perturbations in fault zones using SIMFIP probes developed at LBNL.


The activities may support site-specific evaluation of storage potential and environmental impact, sensitivity analysis and optimization of injection, induced seismicity risk evaluation, management, and monitoring strategies, field test design, and characterization of fault zones using hydrogeologic and monitoring data.


What You Will Do:

• Contribute to testing/developing new in situ strain monitoring methods.

• Develop machine learning techniques to analyze deep reservoirs signals attributes and to optimize the upscaling/downscaling issues related to the different measurement techniques.

• Conduct numerical modeling of fully coupled THMC processes involved in fault and fractures aseismic to seismic activation from the meso- to the crustal/reservoir scales.

• 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.


What is Required: 

• Advanced degree in a related scientific field (e.g. Energy and Engineering, Geomechanics, Hydromechanics) or equivalent combination of research and education.

• Research experience in laboratory and/or field experimental research on fault zones.

• Expertise in fractures and fault zones rheology.

• Knowledge in geomechanical numerical modeling.

• Demonstrated ability to work independently, uncover problems, and to identify and initiate appropriate actions for resolution.

• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in Energy, Engineering, Geomechanics, Hydromechanics or related field.

• Knowledge of signal processing and/or big data processing techniques.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 30, 2018.



• This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 2 year, Career-Track (Term) appointment.  This position has the possibility of extension annually for up to five years and/or promotion to a career appointment, based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• 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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