Postdoctoral Fellow (Hybrid Seismic Monitoring Systems for CO2 Storage)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Posted: 22-Oct-23

Location: Berkeley,

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 100287

Are you a passionate geophysics researcher with a strong background in seismic monitoring and borehole seismic technology? Join the vibrant team at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL ) Energy Geosciences Division (EGD) and make a meaningful impact on the future of Geological Carbon Storage (GCS). We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work alongside our world-renowned geoscience experts, advancing the development of cutting-edge tools for cost-effective and long-term GCS monitoring.

What You Will Do:

  • Advanced borehole seismic data processing and imaging.

  • Field data acquisition, enhancing your fieldwork skills.

  • Active participation in seismic sensor design and refinement.

  • Analyze geophysical data to design computer simulations and generate realistic synthetic geophysical datasets.

  • Publish your findings in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals.

  • Lead or contribute to grant applications to secure research funding.

What is Required:

  • PhD in Geophysics or related fields (e.g., Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering).

  • Proven expertise in borehole seismic data processing.

  • Willingness to learn and actively participate in fieldwork.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in scientific computing and analysis tools (e.g., GitLab, Linux, Bash/Csh, Python, and Matlab).

  • Strong understanding of seismic instrumentation principles, with advanced knowledge in sensor design and electrical engineering being a significant advantage.

  • Competence in high-performance computing, utilizing large clusters for data analysis and simulations.

  • Excellent written, oral, and visual communication skills, evidenced by prior peer-reviewed publications and presentations at major conferences.

Why Join Us?

  • Collaborate with a dynamic team of geophysics researchers and experts in the field.

  • Contribute to the development of next-generation technologies for Geological Carbon Storage.

  • Access to LBNL’s Geoscience Measurement Facility , providing unmatched support for sensor building, testing, and design.

If you’re ready to embark on a journey to revolutionize GCS monitoring and make a lasting impact in the field of geophysics, we want to hear from you. Join our team at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and become a part of the exciting world of energy geosciences. Apply today to start your exciting research career with us!


  • This is a full time, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 2 year (benefits eligible), Postdoctoral Fellow appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience as of December 31, 2023.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes. Postdoctoral Fellow positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries are predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral and/or related research experience. This position has a targeted monthly salary range of $6,479 – $7,507 and is expected to start at $6,479 or above.

  • 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.

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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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