Research Associate-Research Scientist; Bureau of Economic Geology
Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin
April 13, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
The Bureau of Economic Geology seeks to hire a full time researcher with expertise in the sedimentology and and stratigraphy of fine-grained sedimentary rocks. The successful applicant will be familiar with the collection, utilization, and interpretation of data from sedimentary rocks from outcrops and subsurface cores. Primary appointment will be to the Bureau's Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory, a world-class, multi-disciplinary team of geologists, geochemists and petroleum engineers whose goals are to develop integrated answers to questions regarding the distribution and continuity of facies and hydrocarbons in subsurface, low energy depositional systems. Preference will be given to applicants with established reputations in interpreting the sedimentology and stratigraphy of such systems and their application to mudrock reservoir successions. Applications should be made to the University of Texas at Austin Job Posting site (https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/171113010708). Questions about the position can be directed to Stephen Ruppel (email@example.com) or Robert Loucks (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or stop by the Bureau's exhibit hall booth in Salt Lake City If you attend the AAPG Convention in May for more information.
Essential functions: Conduct basic and applied research in the characterization and interpretation of fine-grained depositional systems. Oversee and coordinate data collection activities using microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and x-ray fluorescence analysis of facies. Collaborate effectively with peers within the Bureau of Economic Geology and externally. Present research results in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings. Develop funding for research activities. Supervise and mentor staff and students. Be active in community and scientific service. Serve on Bureau of Economic Geology and Jackson School of Geosciences committees as needed.
Required qualifications: Ph.D. in geology with focus in sedimentology and stratigraphy. Experience in description and interpretation of cores and outcrops using megascopic, microscopic, and chemostratigraphic methods of characterization. Proven ability to work as a member of a research team and to present research to professional peers. Ability to work independently. Willingness and ability to integrate research results with other scientists. Proven record of scientific publication, research performance, professional achievement, leadership, and recognition. Willingness to adapt to changing research program and project needs. Proven ability to develop funding for new projects, to coordinate and direct ongoing research, and to meet reporting and project deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills.
Additional Salary Information: Salary negotiable
About Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin
Established in 1909, the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences is the oldest and second-largest organized research unit at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to functioning as the State Geological Survey of Texas, the Bureau conducts research focusing on the intersection of energy, the environment, and the economy, where significant advances are being made tackling tough problems globally. The Bureau partners with federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, and foundations to conduct high-quality research and disseminate the results to the scientific and engineering communities as well as to the broad public.
Bureau researchers spearhead basic and applied research projects around the world; among them, research in energy resources and economics, coastal and environmental studies, land resources and use, geologic and mineral mapping, hydrogeology, geochemistry, and subsurface nanotechnology. The Bureau provides technical, educational, advisory, and publicly accessible information via a myriad of media forms to Texas, the nation, and the world.
Talented people are the Bureau of Economic Geol...ogy's formula for success. Our staff of over 250 includes scientists, engineers, economists, and graduate students, representing 27 countries, often working in integrated, multi-disciplinary research teams. The Bureau's facilities and state-of-the-art equipment are world class, and include more than fifteen individual laboratories hosting researchers investigating everything from nanoparticles to shale porosity and permeability. The Bureau also maintains three major well core research and storage facilities, in Houston, Austin, and Midland–together believed to be the largest archive of subsurface rock material in the world, as well as an extensive wireline log library.
The Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL) research is supported by laboratories in inorganic chemistry (XRF, XRD, stable isotopes), hydrocarbon chemistry, rock mechanics, scanning electron microscopy, light microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and petrophysics housed at the Bureau.