Computational Hydrogeology Postdoctoral Scholar - 86201

Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences

The Energy Geosciences Division ( at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in computational hydrogeology to join our subsurface flow and transport group. You will contribute to multiple projects involving subsurface energy applications with emphasis initially on geological CO2 storage. The purpose of the position is to contribute to our group's efforts in developing new modeling capabilities and to apply existing models that may involve carrying out simulations on high-performance computing platforms. The incumbent should have a solid knowledge of flow and transport in porous and fractured subsurface media, extensive experience in numerical modeling and programming involving coupled multi-physics processes, and excellent understanding of and vision for tackling a broad range of challenging subsurface problems, such as multiphase flow, phase change, and particle transport.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop and extend theories and concepts for practical modeling of multiphase flow in heterogeneous and fractured media.
  • Develop new code or modify existing code (e.g., FORTRAN) to create simulation capabilities for new theories and concepts.
  • Apply the newly developed models to multiscale geological CO2 storage in heterogeneous and/or fractured media.
  • Develop and apply models for particle clogging in porous media with applications to subsurface fluid injection activities.
  • Collaborate with scientists with different background in theoretical, analytical/numerical modeling, and experimental studies, as well as with industrial partners with field background.
  • Publish their research in top journals and write technical reports.

What Is Required:

  • A recent Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, hydrogeology, applied mathematics, physics or a related field.
  • Strong experience in mathematical model development and application for flow and transport problems.
  • Demonstrated insights into relevant physical processes occurring at different scales.
  • Good programming skills, with fluency in C/C++, and/or C#, FORTRAN, Perl.
  • Experience in parallel computing.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment with a multidisciplinary group of scientists.
  • Ability to conduct research with limited supervision.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills for effective collaboration and for writing peer-reviewed journal publications and technical reports.
  • Demonstrated passion for scientific research and a desire to have an academic or research career.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in geological carbon sequestration preferred.
  • Background in both pore-scale and continuum-scale modeling plus.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full time 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • 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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published: 10 April 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.