Job Posting Title:Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Hiring Department:Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
Position Open To:All Applicants
Weekly Scheduled Hours:40
Earliest Start Date:Feb 03, 2022
Position Duration:Expected to Continue Until Feb 02, 2023
Location:UT MAIN CAMPUS
Job Description:The Postdoctoral Scholar will develop a suite of modeling and assessment tools to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions across LNG supply chains.
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A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in Professor Arvind Ravikumar's Sustainable Energy Transition lab (SET Lab) in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin. This position will focus on developing open-source sustainability data analytics tools related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain. Specific research topics can include (a) developing integrated lifecycle assessment and techno-economic modeling tools to assess emissions mitigation policies, (b) developing analytical tools to aggregate and interpret methane emissions data from networked sensor deployment, (c) developing models to estimate quasi real-time methane emissions from oil and gas operations. More information about the SET lab can be found here:General Notes
This is a temporary training position that may be renewed annually, for a maximum of five years, based upon performance review, progress towards research goals, and continuation of funding.Responsibilities
Designs, implements, and tests models to assess greenhouse gas emissions across the LNG supply chain. Model requirements will be mutually decided based on project needs and interests of the candidate and can include one of the following: (a) developing integrated lifecycle assessment and techno-economic modeling tools to assess emissions mitigation policies, (b) developing analytical tools to aggregate and interpret methane emissions data from networked sensor deployment, (c) developing models to estimate quasi real-time methane emissions from oil and gas operations
Works with collaborators to validate models, develop user-friendly online interfaces, conduct workshops for diverse stakeholders in industry, finance, and government on the use of the models
Communicates model insights to a diverse audience of academia, industry, and government through peer-reviewed publications, presentations, policy memos, and other forms of stakeholder engagement
Performs other related duties as assigned
Ph.D. in Engineering received within the past 3 years or expect to receive the degree by Spring 2022 (Systems, Petroleum, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical). Demonstrated experience in statistical modeling, data analysis, and scientific programming languages (Python, Matlab, or R). Experience or familiarity with one of the following: life cycle assessment of energy systems, atmospheric dispersion modeling of greenhouse gas emissions, methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Strong interest in translating engineering research into policy-relevant insights. Ability to work well with cross-functional, diverse teams. Ability to manage and lead external engagement and collaboration on projects.Preferred Qualifications
Working knowledge in one or more of the following areas: oil and gas operations, greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction, geospatial analysis of greenhouse gas emissions. Excellent written and oral communication skills, along with a demonstrable ability to reach diverse audiences in academia, industry, and government.Salary Range
$55,000 + depending on qualificationsWorking Conditions
May work in standard office conditions
May require repetitive use of keyboard at a workstation
May require use of manual dexterity
3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
Letter of interest
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