The University of Texas at Austin Research Associate - Petrophysicist in Austin, Texas

Research Associate - Petrophysicist

Hiring department

Bur Economic Geology

Monthly salary

$6,500+ depending on qualifications

Hours per week

40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number


Job Status Open

FLSA status Exempt

Earliest Start Date Immediately

Position Duration Funding expected to continue

Position open to all applicants

Location Austin - J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)

Number of vacancies 1

General Notes

None provided

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply

  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.

  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Provide interpretation and information on basin-scale stratigraphic interpretations and geomodels being developed and to be used for understanding the impacts of large-scale fluid injection on reservior conditions.

Essential Functions

Analyze formation evaluation needs and recommend research plans for log-based formation evaluation on multiple projects. Perform advanced log analysis, including shale models where necessary, to determine mineralogy, porosity, permeability, saturation, TOC, mechanical and other attributes of selected zones. Assure reasonable agreement with other information sources such as core analyses. Conduct basic petrophysical research to improve formation evaluation workflows and results, given the extensive knowledge from collaborators regarding facies, porosity systems, mechanical attributes, etc. Assure quality control on digital datasets used for log, core, and other attribute analysis. Collaborate effectively with seismic and subsurface interpreters when necessary, to ensure best-quality log-to-seismic transforms. Present and publish research results; perform internal and professional-society service. Train appropriate geoscientists and engineers on log analysis fundamentals

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

MS or PhD in a technical field such as physics, geology, petroleum engineering or related technical discipline. Five or more years work experience with Master's degree or 3 years with PhD degree. Ability and desire to work in diverse, multi-disciplinary, integrated research teams. Record of scientific publication in international journals, research performance, and professional achievement commensurate with experience. Professional demeanor and excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability and desire to work in diverse, multi-disciplinary, integrated research teams. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

More than the required years of experience, preferably in the energy industry, working directly with wireline logs and cores in advanced petrophysical studies as integrated with geological and/or reservoir models.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions

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.

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

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.

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.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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