Reservoir Engineer

Grand Forks, ND
Jun 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Description

This position is located at the EERC, an international leader in energy and environmental research, conducting projects for clients throughout the United States and the world. The EERC offers opportunities to people with an exceptional work attitude, dedication to high professional standards, and commitment to personal development. 

We are looking for a confident, energetic, and imaginative senior engineer or scientist to contribute to the success of the EERC and its clients as we pursue problem solving related to advanced challenges in conventional and unconventional reservoirs such as production mechanisms and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in tight reservoir rocks, CO2 or produced gas-based storage, and production data analysis and interpretation for unconventional reservoirs. The selected candidate will perform one or more of the following functions:

  • Evaluate and interpret geoscience and engineering data using advanced analytics and machine learning techniques to better inform unconventional oil and gas development, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and subsurface CO2 or rich-gas storage.
  • Integrate machine learning, visualization, and artificial intelligence into existing workflows for the upstream oil and gas applications.
  • Proactively find opportunities for applying advanced data analytics within the organization by collaborating with different geoscience and engineering teams across multiple projects.
  • Incorporate advanced data analytics into software solutions to drive speed and scale.
  • Build internal awareness (within the organization) of data mining/advanced analytics capabilities to elevate the knowledge of these techniques across the EERC geoscience and engineering teams.
  • Constructively work with other groups at the center; suggest, assist with, and prepare proposals to potential clients, manage client tasks and projects; and report results to clients.
  • Occasional travel is required.

At the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit

Required Competencies
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective at project/task/personnel management in area of expertise.
  • Seen as an expert in technical field.
  • Track record of excellent teamwork and customer service.
  • Excels at mentoring, advising, and/or supervising staff.
  • Strong leadership.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering, geological engineering, or related engineering, science, or geoscience field.
  • Experience leading efforts related to writing reports and publications.
  • 5+ years of relevant project experience in successfully launching, planning, and executing data science projects, preferably in the domains of oil and gas, petroleum geology, engineering, or energy.
  • Experience working on projects related to unconventional resource production and/or enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
  • Experience applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to evaluate the key challenges related to oil and gas development.
  • Cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in petroleum engineering or related engineering, science, or geoscience field.
  • Experience with unconventional reservoir simulation, performance analysis, and methods of production.
  • Experience with reservoir engineering analysis techniques such as pressure transient analysis, material balance analysis, decline curve analysis, and economic evaluation.
  • Experience with well and field production operations.
  • Experience and understanding of CO2 or rich-gas EOR, CO2 or rich-gas storage, and reservoir monitoring techniques.
  • Coding proficiency (e.g., Python, R, Matlab).
  • Strong background in reservoir engineering research and development (R&D) projects.
  • Demonstrated technical writing ability, such as author or coauthor of published peer-reviewed articles or technical papers.
  • Experience writing successful research proposals for competitive funding.
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$75,000 Annual/Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt

Work Schedule/Start Date

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with flexibility to accommodate work activities/work life balance. Travel may be required.


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

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