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Research Associate - Fluid Flow Modeler
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
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Date Posted May 06, 2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description:

To build a sustained research program in fluid flow modeling at the pore- and core-scales, with possibility of performing laboratory work in our new micro model lab. Initial research objectives include developing and maintaining pore-scale fluid flow models for multiphase flow, especially using high-performance computing (HPC) environments. These pore scale models require upscaling to larger scale (core) and possibly field scale models.


Job Details:


  • Develop pore scale fluid flow models for multiphase flow in porous media and test them against verified analytical models.

  • Present research results to funding agencies, report results of research in journal articles and books, and present results at professional meetings.

  • Engage in outside fund raising activities and promote program with stakeholders.

  • Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed, including mentoring of students and postdocs.

  • Setup and run the laboratory experiments on pore- and core-scale models.

Required Qualifications

PhD with 1-2 years' experience in chemical, petroleum engineering, or a relevant discipline with research focus on pore and core scale processes and models. Experience in computational fluid flow simulations in HPC environment. Experience working with complex geologic datasets and models. Demonstrated record of publishing in peer review literature and successful collaborative research. Willingness to work as part of an integrated team of geologists and engineers, ability to work toward project deadlines, and willingness to work with industry scientists to apply techniques and research results. Excellent communication skills.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

More than the required years of experience, 1-2 years of post-doctoral experience in an academic research environment. Background on pore-scale fluid flow processes and knowledge of multiphase flow and hands-on experience in fluid flow modeling, analyzing and manipulating flow model data inputs, and relating these data to dynamic changes in the subsurface including pore pressure evolution, fluid and rock interactions and geochemistry. Proficient understanding of the subsurface interpretation process, working experience with multiple complex geologic systems including realistic pore-scale models, and experience in high level coding in HPC environments.

Salary Range

$70,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work in all weather conditions.

  • May work around chemical fumes.

  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • May work around chemicals.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

  • Occasional weekend, overtime and evening work to meet deadlines.

  • Occasional interstate, intrastate and international travel.

  • Field work as necessary

  • Occasional lab work.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 4 work references with their contact information

  • Letter of interest

Important: You will be prompted to submit your resume in the first step of the online job application process. Then, any additional Required Materials will be uploaded in the My Experience section; you can multi-select the additional files or click the Upload button for each file. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2018 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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