Post-Doctoral Fellow - Reservoir Characterization Project

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Work type: Research Faculty or Associate
Location: Golden
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title: Geophysics - Post-Doctoral Fellow - Reservoir Characterization Project
Job Description:

The individual selected for this position will do post-doctoral research in several diverse areas.  First, quantitative understanding of fiber optic sensing from wells in unconventional resources during hydraulic fracturing and later during production, using sensing methods such as distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS). Second, machine learning and data analytics applied to reflection seismic and borehole data to invert for reservoir properties. Third, advances in land reflection seismic (surface and borehole) data acquisition, processing and inversion. Topics of interest are new methods to improve land acquisition, advanced processing and imaging methods such as full wave-form inversion and seismic attribute inversion and analysis methods.  The successful candidate will be able to work in one or all of these areas and guide graduate-level students to advance research in these areas, as well as advance their own contributions.

Responsibilities: Perform post-doctoral level research under RCP's Phase XVII consortium, including all research areas described above, develop numerical modeling and inversion of gathered and provided data, apply machine learning and data analytics techniques to reflection seismic and borehole data to invert for reservoir properties, and evaluate and optimize those techniques. Position holder will collaborate with faculty and students in Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering, Geology, and other Mines academic departments, as well as guide MS and PhD students to advance research in these areas.  Submitting publications to professional journals and conferences, subject to prior consideration by RCP Director and consortium sponsors, is expected.  RCP will provide appropriate data through the multiple current and ongoing projects.
Minimum Qualifications: Must possess a doctoral degree in a related field, and have a strong background in physics, mathematics, and computing
Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess additional knowledge in geophysics, geology, and engineering, and will possess superb interpersonal and communication skills and a collaborative style of research.

Department Description: Founded in 1926, the Department of Geophysics conducts educational and research programs leading to B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering. The Department is comprised of 12 regular academic faculty, plus another 12 research and affiliated faculty, 150 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. Within the Department of Geophysics, RCP is one of Mines’ most well-established industry-funded research consortia, and is dedicated to the study of integrated reservoir characterization. Their unique model emphasizes a multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach for practical research and preparation of graduate students. Working closely with industry sponsors, RCP explores new methods and technologies to gain improvements in oilfield performance prediction and optimization. For details on the consortium please see
How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a letter of interest addressing each of the qualifications, a resume, and a list of publications and prior research funding.

Review of applications will begin by October 1, 2017.  Questions about this position may be addressed to Sue Jackson, RCP Program Manager, at

Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
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