Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey serving the needs of Illinois with earth science information relevant to the state's environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. The ISGS, which is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is located in the Natural Resources Building on the University's 700-acre campus.
We are seeking an experienced petroleum geoscientist to join the research team in reservoir characterization tasks for enhanced recovery of petroleum in mature oil fields within the Illinois Basin.
Responsibilities: Contribute to and/or independently direct a subset of the overall petroleum geology program. Conduct research related to petroleum geology, including reservoir characterization, petroleum systems, regional studies, and other oil and natural gas related topics. Interpret well records and geophysical logs, describe cores, evaluate well samples, and analyze data, such as picking formation contacts and making petrophysical interpretations. Produce, interpret, and integrate geological maps, cross sections, charts, 3D displays and data to characterize petroleum reservoirs that would be used to build geocellular and reservoir models. Interpret environments of deposition, facies, and macroscopic and/or petrographic characteristics. Analyze reservoir characteristics and properties to determine potential for enhanced oil recovery. Integrate reservoir data to produce digital geological maps, cross sections, and displays to depict geometry, structure, thickness, and other reservoir properties. Pursue externally funded research projects by preparing and writing contract and grant proposals to provide external funding. Serve as principal investigator and/or co-principal investigator, lead research and projects, and perform tasks in that capacity, including oversight of project staff, management of grant funding, production of project grant or contract reports and deliverables. Critically review proposed publications, such as maps, abstracts, journal articles, and databases, submitted by Survey staff and outside individuals for publication by the Survey or other professional organizations or publishers. Publish results of investigations in ISGS publication series and other venues and formats, which include, but are not limited to, geologic maps, journal articles, reports, web pages, scientific abstracts, and databases. Actively mentor junior staff and lead research teams. Respond to requests for information and provide technical expertise to ISGS staff, government agencies, academia, industry, and the general public. Responses include electronic communications, reports, public presentations, telephone conversations, and occasional field work. Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings, conferences, and workshops. Participate in professional organizations. Prepare and communicate results of investigations as oral presentations, poster talks, and lectures to a wide variety of technical and lay audiences.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in geology, geological engineering, or related discipline. Ph.D. is preferred. Twelve (12) years petroleum geology or related industry or research experience post bachelor’s degree. Knowledge of petroleum geology, with emphasis on subsurface reservoir characterization techniques, such as interpreting well records and geophysical logs, including picking formation contacts and rock properties, identifying and interpreting facies, and depositional environments from subsurface geological data, cores, and outcrops, and a basic understanding of enhanced recovery techniques, reservoir diagenesis, and of petroleum systems. Demonstrated ability to mentor (or serve as a team leader for) staff work in reservoir characterization techniques such as interpreting well records and geophysical logs, determination of formation contacts and rock properties. Ability to collect, compile, and interpret well data, and produce geological maps and cross sections. Ability to write or prepare technical and field reports, sponsored research proposals, scientific reports and publications, and give oral presentations. Have an established record of industry communications, journal publications, or equivalent record of business documentation, and excellent communication and writing skills. Skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and petroleum geology software. Knowledge of GIS or remote sensing software is helpful. Ability and willingness to contribute, lead, and organize team research tasks, prioritizing and accomplishing tasks, and meeting deadlines.
This is a regular full-time academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Applications must be received by April 30, 2014. To apply, qualified candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board by the closing date. Additionally, candidates must upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at email@example.com or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. http://inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/