National-Lab Post Doc Research Associate – Geophysics and Geomechanics 18 views


Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308575

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Earth System Science

Group: Subsurface Science & Technology

Job Description

The Geophysics & Geomechanics Team within the Subsurface Science & Technology Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a postdoctoral researcher with experience in computational solid mechanics to join us in our research in earth science, environmental science, and energy development. A major emphasis of the research to be conducted is to understand the effects of fluid injection and production on the subsurface stress state, fracture development, and fault slip. Responsibilities will include independent computational geomechanical model use and development. Regular peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at technical conferences are expected. Some limited laboratory and field work may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate must have experience with computational solid mechanics (finite element method, or similar) and software development (Python, C++, FORTRAN preferred). Preferred candidates will be proficient in one or more of the following: machine learning, statistics, fracture mechanics, geology, and porous media flow modeling. The successful candidate must have strong problem solving skills, be able self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication skills are imperative.

The PhD degree should be in engineering mechanics, structural geology, geophysics, or a related field. The thesis must have had a major focus on computational modeling and data analysis for mechanics, preferably rock/geomechanics.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Subsurface Sci & Technology

Opening Date: 2018-11-09

Closing Date: 2018-12-23


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