The Earth & Environmental Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an exciting opportunity for a Career-Track Flow Modeling Research Scientist with expertise in modeling of flow and reactive transport in fractures and porous media. The successful candidate will develop new high resolution and reduced order/dimension models for the behavior of fluids in subsurface fractures, with a focus on understanding how coupled chemical and mechanical processes influence their behavior. The position will involve a particular focus on simulating such processes in shales where anomalous transport and/or reactivity may apply. This role will work closely with groups at Berkeley Lab carrying out high resolution characterization, including Back Scattered Electron microscopy, X-ray microtomography, and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) techniques, in addition to those conducting batch and flow-through water-(+gas)-rock experiments. The incumbent should have some experience in developing new software approaches for describing flow and multicomponent reactive transport processes in rocks. The position will also require the development of new approaches for upscaling pore scale flow and reactive transport processes to the reservoir scale in support of next generation exascale computing of subsurface processes. The position will primarily involve topics in subsurface CO2 sequestration, oil shale, gas extraction, and geothermal system behavior.
What You Will Do:
Develop and apply new reactive transport approaches for simulating water-(+gas)-rock interaction in rocks ranging from carbonates to sandstones to shales.
Develop new ways of simulating reactive transport in shales where anomalous transport properties may apply, including nanoscale electrostatic effects and pore-size dependent solubility.
Collaborate with experimental geochemists to improve understand and predictive capabilities for subsurface reactivity.
Collaborate with microscopic characterization scientists on such techniques as FIB-SEM, X-ray microtomography, and Back-Scattered Electron microscopy.
Engage in water-rock experiments in the laboratory to quantify reactivity in natural subsurface materials.
Develop and apply new models for multiphase flow and reaction in natural subsurface fractures.
Synthesize large datasets (e.g. numerical results or observations) with the use of high-performance computing.
Develop new models for coupled geomechanical and geochemical behavior applicable to subsurface fractures.
Identify and develop new research areas and proposals.
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.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Experience in characterizing and interpreting high resolution microscopic imaging data.
Experience and interest in conducting water-rock kinetic experiments.
What is Required:
PhD in civil or environmental engineering, geochemistry, or hydrology, or equivalent discipline.
Expertise in simulating reactive transport processes in subsurface fractures with a range of mechanical, geochemical, and flow properties.
Some experience in high performance computing including parallel simulation and large dataset analysis and manipulation.
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:
Postdoctoral experience (>3 years) is preferred.
International research exposure is preferred.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 30, 2017.
This is a full time, 3 years, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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.
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