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Research Associate

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The University of Texas At Austin

Austin, TX

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Research Associate - Research Associate and Geomechanics Modeler

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Monthly salary

$4,500 depending on qualifications

Hours per week

40.00 Flexible from 700AM to 600PM

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Job Status


FLSA status


Earliest Start Date


Position Duration

Funding expected to continue

Position open to

all applicants


Austin (main campus)

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General Notes

None provided

Required Application Materials

A Resume is required in order to apply

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Conduct original research in petroleum-related rock/geo-mechanics, with a focus on the application of rock/geo-mechanics in drilling and completion design and production enhancement.

Essential Functions

Conduct original research in drilling and completion related rock/geo-mechanics. Develop analytical and numerical models for analyses of wellbore stability, lost circulation and wellbore strengthening, well integrity, sand production prediction and mitigation, field injectivity tests, and shale geomechanics. Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present research results at scientific conferences. Monitor graduate students research in laboratory.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering with at least one year post-doctoral experience in drilling and completion geomechanics. Experience in the development and implementation of computational geomechanics models for related issues in drilling and completion. Experience with major finite-element software (ABAQUS especially). Strong background in drilling, completion, and production engineering. Strong record of scientific publication. Research experience in wellbore stability, lost circulation, cement sheath integrity, and sand production. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Five years experience in using ABAQUS for geomechanical modeling. Five years research experience in petroleum geomechanics. Internship experience in the energy industry on projects related to petroleum geomechanics. Interest in supervising and mentoring students in the research group who work on drilling optimization, geomechanics, and production enhancement.

Working conditions

May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around biohazards May work around chemicals May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving

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.

UT Austin is a Tobacco-free Campus

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The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and schools and more than 50,000 students.

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