Los Alamos National Laboratory Experimental Studies of Fracture Permeability Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is seeking a post-doctoral candidate to conduct experimental studies of fracture, flow and reaction for applications in hydraulic fracturing and CO2 sequestration. The focus of the research is to determine fracture-permeability relations in shale and caprock considering the mechanical properties of shale and multiphase flow processes involving hydrocarbon, brine and supercriticalCO2. The experiments will be centered on the use of a triaxial coreflood system, operated at reservoir conditions, coupled with in situ x-ray or neutron tomography. The successful candidate will be involved in the design of experiments, operation of the triaxial instrument, analysis and interpretation of the geomechanical behavior of shale, and measurement of multiphase flow processes. Additional instrumentation includes acoustic velocity measurements and acoustic emission analyses.

The position will involve working within an interdisciplinary team and contributing to the overall project goals including close coordination with the computational modeling group. Other related research opportunities include the hydro-mechanical behavior of wellbore materials (steel-cement-rock system) and the performance of geothermal systems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • PhD in a geoscience, engineering or related field at the time of hire

  • Experience in a geomechanics, high-pressure hydrothermal, geochemistry or coreflood laboratory and/or analyzing experimental data from such systems

  • Excellent hands-on aptitude with laboratory equipment and data acquisition

  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated publication record

Desired Skills:

  • Strong practical and theoretical knowledge of geomechanics, fracture hydrology, and/or geochemistry

  • Experience and knowledge of tomography, radiography and image analysis techniques including strong programming skills.

  • Experience with measurement of acoustic properties of rocks

  • Experience with analysis of rock fabric and failure textures

  • Field industry experience in oil and gas, geothermal energy, underground construction, and/or mining (or experience in an industry geomechanics laboratory)

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance. *Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

Notes to Applicants:

The successful applicant could start as early as October 2017. Postdoc appointments are 2 years with the possibility of a third-year extension (See the postdoc program web page at Los Alamos National Lab for more details and to submit a formal application).

In addition to applying on-line, Interested applicants should send a CV to Dr. Bill Carey (bcarey@lanl.gov).

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: EES-14/Earth System Observations

Job Title: Experimental Studies of Fracture Permeability Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC58525