Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin

Postdoctoral Fellow Seismic and Petrophysical Characterization

The Bureau of Economic Geology is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in seismic and petrophysical characterization of the subsurface. As a part of a large multi-disciplinary, integrated research project, the researcher 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.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

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.

Location: Austin, Texas
Salary: $65,000 - $70,000 per year
Position Duration: Expected to Continue Until Dec 31, 2023

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 Geology's formula for success. The research staff includes more than 140 scientists, engineers, and economists, representing 27 countries, working in integrated, multidisciplinary research teams. Together with 60 skilled graduate students, 15 postdocs, and 50 professional support staff, they find solutions to the world's greatest challenges in energy and environmental research.

Applications should be made to The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting Site: https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UTstaff/details/Postdoctoral-Fellow-Seismic-and-Petrophysical-Characterization_R_00024289?q=R_00024289

Questions about the position can be directed to Shuvajit Bhattacharya shuvajit.bhattacharya@beg.utexas.edu or recruiting@beg.utexas.edu

posted: 22 December 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.