Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockre
Austin, TX 
Posted 20 days ago
Job Description

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:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:

Feb 05, 2022


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Feb 04, 2023





Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Scholar position will develop modeling software to evaluate the role of new technologies in reducing methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from the global oil and gas sector.


Job Details:

As a top-10 engineering school with the No. 1 program in Texas, the at The University of Texas at Austin has been a global leader in technology innovation and engineering education for over a century. With 11 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs, over 20 research centers and a faculty community that boasts one of the highest number of National Academy of Engineering members among U.S. universities, Texas Engineering has launched some of the nation's most accomplished leaders and pioneered world-changing solutions in virtually every industry, from space exploration to energy to health care. Situated in the heart of Austin - named "America's Coolest City" by Expedia and "The Best Place to Live in the U.S." by U.S. News and World Report - the Cockrell School embodies the city's innovative spirit. Major companies with Austin campuses, such as Dell, National Instruments, Apple, IBM, Samsung, Google, and many others, continue to recruit Cockrell School students at a remarkable rate, launching thousands of successful careers and developing Texas Engineers into industry leaders.

The Cockrell School is to building an inclusive environment, free from all forms of hate, racism and injustice, where students, faculty and staff feel safe and supported. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, or socioeconomic background.

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 policy solutions to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations. A key research area for this position will be to model and evaluate the role of new technologies such as drones, planes, satellites, and networked continuous monitoring systems to detect and mitigate methane emissions. The Postdoctoral Scholar will collaborate extensively with stakeholders in industry, non-governmental organizations, and regulatory agencies. 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.

  • Develops and supports the Fugitive Emissions Abatement Simulation Tool (FEAST) modeling platform by expanding use cases to global oil and gas basins, incorporating new technologies like satellites, and other future developments in methane mitigation policy

  • Works with industry and government regulators to provide timely analysis of US and global methane policy and help design deployment strategies for major oil and gas companies

  • Communicates FEAST modeling 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

Required Qualifications

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). Working knowledge in one or more of the following areas: oil and gas operations, greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction, sensor technology and air emissions monitoring, statistical modeling. 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

Familiarly with the FEAST model platform and/or research. Experience with testing or modeling new sensor technologies for methane monitoring. Understanding of US and/or global oil and gas operations. 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 qualifications

Working Conditions
  • May work in standard office conditions

Physical Tasks
  • May require repetitive use of keyboard at a workstation

  • May require use of manual dexterity

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Importantfor applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers:You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure thatALLRequired Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

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.


Background Checks:

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


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an ,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.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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