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Applied Geophysics (Staff or Senior) Scientist - Energy Geosciences Division

Applied Geophysics (Staff or Senior) Scientist - Energy Geosciences Division

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, commonly referred to as Berkeley Lab, is a United States national laboratory that conducts scientific research on behalf of the United States Department of Energy.


Berkeley, United States of America


Relevant division
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)

Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
9 November 2019

9 October 2019

Job description

Applied Geophysics (Staff or Senior) Scientist – Energy Geosciences Division – 87325
Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division has an immediate opening for a Staff or Senior Scientist in Applied Geophysics.

We are seeking an Applied Geophysicist with a record of leading innovative research in characterizing subsurface structure, and monitoring properties and processes, with a focus on seismology. As a member of the Energy Geosciences Division (EGD) you will lead and participate in leading-edge research in passive and active seismic methodologies, including borehole data acquisition. A successful candidate is expected to lead and expand our historically vibrant and extramurally supported frontier research program in applied seismology with a broad range of support from U.S. DOE programs in geothermal, carbon storage, and oil and gas, as well as external industry funding. Continued focus on developing novel field methods is expected, with an emphasis on permanent reservoir monitoring and time-lapse seismic imaging approaches. Development of novel imaging and inversion methods is encouraged, and internal collaboration with non-seismic methods including electromagnetic acquisition and imaging is also expected.

Currently funded research areas include distributed acoustic sensing (DAS), continuous active-source seismic monitoring (CASSM) using both surface and borehole sources, and advanced microseismic monitoring, as well as the development of new seismic modeling and inversion techniques. Data acquisition research areas utilize dedicated engineering support from LBNL’s Geoscience Measurement Facility which houses extensive resources for novel field seismic acquisition systems, including high-temperature wireline instruments, downhole tools, recording systems, and fiber optics. This is in addition to more traditional geophysical instrumentation, experienced field personnel, and instrument fabrication facilities.

As part of EGD’s ‘Sustainable Earth’ ( Strategic Direction, these methods will be utilized in a variety of contexts relevant to DOE’s mission of finding scientific solutions for the sustainable utilization of the subsurface, including characterization and monitoring of geological carbon storage, geothermal systems, oil and gas reservoirs, nuclear waste disposal, and groundwater management. The successful candidate will take advantage of world-class experimental and computational facilities at Berkeley Lab, including LBNL’s unique Geosciences Measurement Facility to propose and develop funding for projects in both current and new research areas. Active collaboration with other scientific divisions across Berkeley Lab including the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences division, as well as UC Berkeley, is expected.

About Energy Geosciences at Berkeley Lab:
The Energy Geoscience Division (EGD, of Berkeley Lab is advancing multi-disciplinary expertise to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into scalable solutions for the sustainable utilization and management of the Earth’s subsurface. We strive to promote the intelligent use of the subsurface as a substantial resource for energy and water, as well as its wise use for waste disposal. We work at the cutting edge of observation, measurement, and simulation of rock-fluid processes through the development and use of methodologies that span from the molecular to field scales. Together with our sister division in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), we address the most pressing energy and environmental challenges of our time, striving for scientific excellence that makes a difference in a changing world. We deeply care for an inclusive and diverse work environment and we are fully invested in the well-being and advancement of our staff.

What You Will Do:

  • Conduct cutting edge scientific research in applied geophysics with an emphasis on seismic methods.
  • Lead a nationally recognized program that has a distinguished history in novel areas of seismic acquisition design, fabrication, and testing, such as borehole geophysics, permanent reservoir monitoring, and distributed acoustic sensing using fiber optic networks. Coordinate and manage field data acquisition projects.
  • Propose new research agendas, develop external proposals and detailed research plans, and perform innovative and complex research and analysis. Independently raise funds for geophysical research at LBNL.
  • Write LBNL reports, conference papers, and articles for refereed archival journals. Publish as primary or corresponding author in refereed journals, and present work extensively at conferences and workshops.
  • Lead and supervise LBNL staff and technical subcontractors on projects related to geothermal and fossil energy, carbon storage, nuclear waste storage, and groundwater management issues. Mentor junior scientists and post-docs.
  • Collaborate with and/or lead others in groups and forge collaborations across the Lab and with colleagues at external institutions.
  • Develop programmatic goals for geophysical methods applied to areas of DOE interest.
  • Interact with clients (DOE and industry) and with professional colleagues through participation in meetings, advisory committees, and other forms of job-related communications. Build and maintain effective relationships with clients.

At the Senior Scientist level, you may also:

  • Oversee a Program or Department within EGD.
  • Have an affiliation with UC Berkeley.
  • Assist in preparing reports and giving briefings as needed in support of other EESA programs.

What is Required:

  • Demonstrated ability and experience in developing and managing high-impact projects.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in developing and applying complex and innovative new methods, tools, and approaches in seismic geophysics.
  • Demonstrated technical and managerial expertise in independently conceiving and designing research plans, performing data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to serve in advisory roles to government agencies, industry groups, and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write reports, conference papers, and refereed journal articles synthesizing research results, and to present research findings at conferences, workshops, and other forums.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with clients and professional colleagues, manage research projects, prepare funding proposals, and independently attract research funding.
  • Record of successful mentorship and supervision.
  • PhD or equivalent experience in applied geophysics, or a related engineering field, and at least five years of relevant professional experience.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Deep expertise in one or more of the following topics: borehole/crosswell seismic data acquisition/processing, distributed acoustic sensing and other fiber optic sensing technologies, passive seismic imaging methods, permanent reservoir monitoring systems, optical seismic sensor instrumentation and data acquisition.
  • Ability to collaborate with other Earth Scientists specializing in non-seismic monitoring methods (e.g., electromagnetic geophysics or potential field methods) and/or develop non-seismic acquisition/ processing/ analysis methodologies.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled


  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), Career Appointment.
  • This position may be hired at the Staff or Senior Scientist level, depending on business needs, and selected candidate’s skills, knowledge, and abilities.
  • 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
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