Energy Analyst and Data Scientist

University of Texas at Austin

Job Posting Title:

Energy Analyst and Data Scientist


Hiring Department:

Bureau of Economic Geology


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:

General Notes

This position is located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin.


As part of a multi-disciplinary, integrated research team, the candidate will develop and augment research avenues using data analytics and machine learning, to be applied to research directed towards: energy (oil, natural gas, hydrogen) supply, development and production, water and potentially CO2, linking oil and gas production to surface issues (land use, power, waste disposal, etc.)


  • Conduct research quantifying aspects of the development of tight oil/shale gas unconventional resources, using skill sets in big data analytics, artificial intelligence/deep learning, statistical modeling tools, supported by various programming platforms including, but limited to Python and/or R. Quantify productivity of reservoirs.

  • Collaborate within integrated subsurface team to determine the relationship between geologic and well completion practices and well productivity.

  • Interaction with sponsors and prospective sponsors, collaborating with team members on program development, fund raising and grant applications.

  • Document and present research in oral and poster formats to sponsors, in publications, and at regional and national meetings.

  • Provide service to the Bureau, Jackson School of Geosciences and professional societies as needed.

Required Qualifications

M.S. degree with 2 years relevant experience in Data Science, Geoscience, Engineering, Statistics, Energy, or Economics. Proven skills in data analytics, statistics, and machine learning. Programming experience with Python is required. The candidate should have some experience with locating, gathering, processing, visualizing, and managing databases. Some experience in building machine learning models and deriving insights from the models is required.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD. More than the minimum required experience. Familiarity / experience with subsurface sedimentary systems (e.g. background in Geosciences or Petroleum Engineering). Experience with commercial data bases used in the oil & gas industry (e.g. S&P Global Enerdeq). Experience with programming languages other than Python (R, Matlab, etc.) would be helpful.

Salary Range

$68,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.

  • Occasional weekend, overtime, and evening work to meet deadlines.

  • Occasional travel intrastate, interstate, international.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information

  • Letter of interest

Important for 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 that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


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.


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 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.


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 documents 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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