Porous-Media Physicist (Energy Geosciences)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary is commensurate with experience.
November 21 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Porous-Media Physicist (Energy Geosciences) - 85858

Organization: GO-Energy Geosciences


Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division has an opening for a Porous-Media Physicist. 


The Energy Geosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opportunity for either a Career or Career-Track Scientist, depending on experience, to develop basic-science understanding in the broad area of porous-media response.  The successful candidate will have a desire to study, over the course of a career, a wide range of cooperative phenomena in porous media, from molecular to porous-continuum scales, that includes but is not limited to coupled transport processes, phase transitions, immiscible fluid invasion and associated flow instabilities, capillarity phenomena, crack growth, fracture mechanisms, friction mechanisms and plastic deformation of porous materials at upper-crustal (near surface) temperatures.  Candidates who have a proven ability to develop novel theories to describe complicated interactive (many-body) systems that are supported by numerical or laboratory experiments will be given priority.  A successful candidate would, ideally, develop theoretical frameworks by which molecular-scale interactions influence meso-scale response which in turn creates the macroscale (porous continuum) emergent response of practical interest in the Earth sciences.  A successful candidate will become an international leader in the theoretical underpinnings of geomechanics and hydrogeology and will, through time, develop a team within the Geophysics Department of the Energy Geosciences Division that uses a range of the available user facilities at LBNL and collaborates with a diverse range of groups.  


What You Will Do:

• Develop novel theoretical and associated numerical and/or experimental methods for understanding a wide range of porous media response as defined in the Position Summary;

• Develop novel methods for transferring understanding from smaller scales to larger scales for a wide range of porous-media response;

• Emerge as an international leader in the theoretical underpinnings of both geomechanics and hydrogeology;

• Emerge as a leader of a group that studies porous-media response in the Earth sciences using all of theory, numerical simulation, laboratory experiments, beam-line imaging and geophysical imaging;   

• Develop proposals for external funding;

• Write peer-reviewed journal articles.


What is Required: 

• Ph.D. in physics, geophysics, chemical engineering or a related physical science.

• Candidates whose experience to date lies outside the Earth sciences are encouraged to apply.

• Postdoctoral experience (2 years or more) preferred.

• International research exposure preferred.

• Expertise in novel model development for describing emergent phenomena in porous materials;

• Expertise in transferring information across scales;

• Expertise with computer coding and languages;

• Ability to establish new research directions and to lead/develop proposals;

• Ability to work effectively within, and ultimately lead, a team of multi-disciplinary scientists;

• Good verbal and written communication skills for effective collaboration and for writing peer-reviewed journal publications, proposals and technical reports.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



• If hired as a Career Scientist, this is a full time Career appointment.

 • If hired as a Career-Track Scientist, this is a full time, 1 year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


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