Experimental Geoscientist - Postdoctoral Researcher Staff Member -

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct experimental reactive-transport studies on chemical alteration of CO2 storage reservoirs. You will conduct multi-scale sample characterization, carry out bench-scale core-flooding experiments, and analyze resulting data to understand the role of chemical alteration on hydrologic properties (e.g., injectivity and storage capacity). We are looking for applicants with strong experimental and characterization skills who are interested in joining a diverse team of geoscientists working on energy and environmental projects. This position is in the Subsurface Flow and Transport Group of the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division at LLNL.

Essential Duties
- Conduct fundamental and applied research characterizing reservoir core samples, fluids, and identifying signatures of fluid flow and reaction
- Independently plan, design, and execute targeted experiments to address the research problem; develop new techniques and procedures as needed
- Work independently within a laboratory setting, as well as collaborate in multidisciplinary teams, to share observations, test hypotheses, and accomplish research goals
- Publish research results in technical reports and peer-reviewed journals, present technical results at scientific conferences.
- Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
- Pursue independent (complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, or a related field.
- Experience with fluid-flow experimental reaction systems (e.g., flow-through reactors, core-flood systems).
- Experience with non-destructive characterization techniques (e.g., X-ray computed tomography).
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of skills in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
- Experience developing independent research projects, as shown through prior work and publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with analytical chemistry techniques and geochemical modeling; or,
- Experience with LabView or other automated data collection systems; or,
- Experience with coupled chemo-mechanics, including designing and executing experiments.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


Note:   This is a 2 year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 3 years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Livermore, CA 94550

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