Petroleum Geologist or Senior Petroleum Geologist - Division of Illinois State Geological Survey (A1300114)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Urbana, IL

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Petroleum Geologist or Senior Petroleum Geologist
(depending on qualifications)
Illinois State Geological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We are seeking an individual(s) (up to two, depending on pool of applicants and programmatic need) from this search. The successful individual's qualifications will determine the level to which he/she is appointed.

The Petroleum Geologist level will carry out investigations of petroleum geology, including petroleum reservoir characterization, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), source rocks, unconventional reservoirs, regional studies, and other oil and gas related research, at basic and at applied research levels, and communicate results of those investigations in a variety of formats and venues. Independently direct a subset of the overall petroleum geology program. Conduct research related to petroleum geology, including reservoir characterization, petroleum systems, regional studies, and other oil and gas related topics. Interpret well records and geophysical logs, describe cores, evaluate well samples, and analyze data, such as picking formation contacts and making petrophysical interpretations. Produce, interpret, and integrate geological maps, cross sections, charts, 3D displays and data to characterize petroleum reservoirs that would be used to build geocellular and reservoir models. Interpret environments of deposition, facies, and macroscopic and/or petrographic characteristics. Analyze reservoir characteristics and properties to determine potential for enhanced oil recovery. Integrate reservoir data to produce digital geological maps, cross sections, and displays to depict geometry, structure, thickness, and other reservoir properties. Pursue externally funded research projects by preparing and writing contract and grant proposals to provide external funding. Serve as principal investigator and/or co-principal investigator, lead research and projects, and perform tasks in that capacity, including oversight of project staff, management of grant funding, production of project grant or contract reports and deliverables. Critically review proposed publications, such as maps, abstracts, journal articles, and databases, submitted by Survey staff and outside individuals for publication by the Survey or other professional organizations or publishers. Publish results of investigations in ISGS publication series and other venues and formats, which include, but are not limited to, geologic maps, journal articles, reports, web pages, scientific abstracts, and databases. Actively mentor junior staff and lead research teams. Respond to requests for information and provide technical expertise to ISGS staff, government agencies, academia, industry, and the general public. Responses include written memoranda, reports, public presentations, telephone conversations, and occasional field work. Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings, conferences, and workshops. Participate in professional organizations. Prepare and communicate results of investigations as oral presentations, poster talks, and lectures to a wide variety of technical and lay audiences.

Qualifications: Master's degree in geology, geological engineering, or related discipline. Ph.D. is preferred. Twelve (12) years petroleum geology or related industry or research experience post bachelor's degree. Knowledge of petroleum geology, with emphasis on subsurface reservoir characterization techniques, such as interpreting well records and geophysical logs, including picking formation contacts and rock properties, identifying and interpreting facies, and depositional environments from subsurface geological data, cores, and outcrops, and a basic understanding of enhanced recovery techniques, reservoir diagenesis, and of petroleum systems. Demonstrated ability to mentor (or serve as a team leader for) staff work in reservoir characterization techniques such as interpreting well records and geophysical logs, determination of formation contacts and rock properties. Ability to collect, compile, and interpret well data, and produce geological maps and cross sections. Ability to write or prepare sponsored research proposals, scientific reports and publications, and give oral presentations. Have an established publications record or equivalent record of business documentation, and excellent communication and writing skills.Skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and petroleum geology software. Knowledge of GIS software is preferred. Ability and willingness to contribute, lead, and organize team research tasks, prioritizing and accomplishing tasks, and meeting deadlines.

The Senior Petroleum Geologist level will create and execute research program vision and direction. Secure external program funding. Design, initiate, and complete investigations of petroleum geology, including petroleum reservoir characterization, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), source rocks, unconventional reservoirs, regional studies, and other oil and gas related research, at basic and at applied research levels, and communicate results of those investigations in a variety of formats and venues. Create and execute research program vision and direction, especially with regards to the overall petroleum geology program. Conduct research related to petroleum geology, including reservoir characterization, petroleum systems, regional studies, and other oil and gas related topics. Interpret well records and geophysical logs, describe cores, evaluate well samples, and analyze data, such as picking formation contacts and making petrophysical interpretations. Produce, interpret, and integrate geological maps, cross sections, charts, 3D displays, and data to characterize petroleum reservoirs that would be used to build geocellular and reservoir models. Interpret environments of deposition, facies, and macroscopic and/or petrographic characteristics. Analyze reservoir characteristics and properties to determine potential for enhanced oil recovery. Integrate reservoir data to produce digital geological maps, cross sections, and displays to depict geometry, structure, thickness, and other reservoir properties. Grow current petroleum geology programs. Pursue externally funded research projects by preparing and writing contract and grant proposals to provide external funding. Serve as principal investigator, lead research and projects, and perform tasks in that capacity, including oversight of project staff, management of grant funding, production of project grant or contract reports and deliverables. Critically review proposed publications, such as maps, abstracts, journal articles, and databases, submitted by Survey staff and outside individuals for publication by the Survey or other professional organizations or publishers. Publish results of investigations in ISGS publication series and other venues and formats, which include, but are not limited to, geologic maps, journal articles, reports, web pages, scientific abstracts, and databases. Actively mentor junior staff and lead project teams. Respond to requests for information and provide technical expertise to ISGS staff, government agencies, academia, industry, and the general public. Responses include written memoranda, reports, public presentations, telephone conversations, and occasional field work. Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings, conferences, and workshops. Participate in professional organizations. Prepare and communicate results of investigations as oral presentations, poster talks, and lectures to a wide variety of technical and lay audiences.

Required Qualifications: Master's degree in geology, geological engineering, or related discipline. Ph.D. is preferred. Seventeen (17) years petroleum geology or related industry or research experience post bachelor's degree. Knowledge of petroleum geology, with emphasis on subsurface reservoir characterization techniques, such as interpreting well records and geophysical logs, including picking formation contacts and rock properties, identifying and interpreting facies, and depositional environments from subsurface geological data, cores, and outcrops, and a basic understanding of enhanced recovery techniques, reservoir diagenesis, and of petroleum systems. Demonstrated program management and program development experience including leading project teams and mentoring junior staff in reservoir characterization techniques such as interpreting well records and geophysical logs, determination of formation contacts and rock properties. Demonstrated funding record and experience as principal investigator on major projects or equivalent record in the private sector developing and leading projects for external corporate clients or external business units. Demonstrated ability to mentor (or serve as a team leader for) staff work in reservoir characterization techniques such as interpreting well records and geophysical logs, determination of formation contacts and rock properties. Ability to collect, compile, and interpret well data, and produce geological maps and cross sections. Ability to write and prepare sponsored research proposals or equivalent business project proposals, scientific reports and publications or equivalent comprehensive business project reports, and give oral presentations. Have an established publications record or equivalent record of business reporting and documentation, and excellent communication and writing skills. Skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and database management, and petroleum geology software. Ability and willingness to contribute, lead, and organize team research tasks, prioritizing and accomplishing tasks, and meeting deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of innovation and success in building and leading research or technical programs in private sector, university, or government settings. Evidence of successful administration in a setting where major elements of funding are competitively awarded. Evidence of leveraging of technical knowledge and expertise to develop research projects or programs of investigation funded externally on a program or project basis. Knowledge of GIS software.

The work of this position (either level) takes place in office setting and in the field. Must be able to sit for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions. Must be able to travel occasionally, including up to a work week of consecutive overnight travel, to attend meetings and perform field work. Must be able to conduct field work under less than ideal conditions.

This is a regular full-time academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by May 6, 2013; however, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants may be interviewed before May 6, 2013; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu/ by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of application which details qualifications noted above, résumé, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at lwalston@illinois.edu or 217-244-2401.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. ( www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu )

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