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Postdoctoral Fellow Seismic and Petrophysical Characterization

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow Seismic and Petrophysical Characterization


Hiring Department:

Bureau of Economic Geology


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Dec 31, 2023





Job Details:

General Notes

This position is located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin.


As a part of a large multi-disciplinary, integrated research project, the candidate will contribute to seismic and petrophysics-constrained quantitative reservoir characterization, prediction of faults, fractures, and quantitative rock properties to delineate reservoir(s) and determine reservoir storage capacity, and deliverability, with uncertainty estimates.


  • Process and interpret 3D seismic (pre-stack and post-stack) and wireline logs. Perform seismic inversion, multi-attribute-based interpretations, develop calibrated rock physics and petrophysical models, analyze pore pressure and various reservoir properties, and write professional-level codes/algorithms, with a focus on automated seismic and petrophysical interpretations. Integrate multiple seismic, petrophysical, geologic, and reservoir engineering datasets and interpretations.
  • Publish quality research results in peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Participate in project meetings and professional society conferences.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in geophysics, petrophysics, geology or related field. Strong understanding and implementation of seismic inversion, attributes, rock physics, petrophysical modeling, and machine learning. Experience in seismic or petrophysical log data processing and interpretation. Ability to develop codes in MATLAB/Python/Julia, or other similar platforms. Excellent data management skills. Demonstrated report writing and publication skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and professional demeanor. Ability to work both independently and effectively in a large group. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple disciplines and experts, including geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, geomodelers, and reservoir engineers. Ph.D. must have been received within three years from date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in 3D seismic inversion, petrophysical analysis, reservoir characterization, advanced machine learning, and inter-well attribute analysis. Relevant peer-reviewed publications and expanded abstracts presented at SEG, EAGE, SPWLA, or similar conferences. Some experience in geostatistics and 3D rock property modeling. Experience in writing professional-level codes as well as working with industry-standard software.

Salary Range

$65,000 - $70,000

Working Conditions

  • May work in all weather conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Occasional weekend, overtime, and evening work to meet deadlines

  • Occasional travel intrastate, interstate, international

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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