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Postdoctoral Employee - Fracturing and Coupled Processes - Earth and Planetary Science

University of California, Berkeley
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Postdoctoral Employee - Fracturing and Coupled Processes - Earth & Planetary Science Department

Position overview Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee
Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: The current minimum salary range for this position is
$64,480 - $77,327. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: August 2024

Position duration: 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability

Application Window
Open date: February 20, 2024

Next review date: Tuesday, Mar 5, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Apr 20, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Michael Manga and Mengsu Hu are jointly recruiting a postdoc at UC Berkeley in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) to carry out numerical analysis of fracture growth and propagation as a result of coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes in a wide range of Earth science and engineering problems. The successful candidate will join a collaborative team of researchers at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

The Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee will develop and/or apply 3D numerical modeling to analyze fracture growth and propagation critically and subcritically due to mechanical, hydraulic (e.g. hydraulic fracturing), thermal (e.g., thermal fracturing), and chemical (e.g., subcritical crack growth) loading and their coupled effects in different types of Earth materials (e.g., argillite and crystalline rocks, ice). The primary project is to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group to conduct numerical analysis of nuclear waste disposal in multi-barrier systems where fractures may be present. The Postdoctoral Scholar, depending on background and interests, could also consider laboratory and field studies to address other Earth science questions involving subcritical crack growth in rocks and ice. In addition, the modeling capabilities may be applied to analyze, design, and optimize the efficiency of geothermal energy and hydrogen production in the deep subsurface.

Labor Contract:

Mengsu Hu Bio:

Michael Manga Bio:

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree)
  • No more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date

Preferred qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in Earth Science, Rock Mechanics, Geophysics, Fracture Mechanics, Geothermal Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, or related discipline.
  • Publication record in Earth Science, Rock Mechanics, Geophysics, Fracture Mechanics, or related fields.

Demonstrated experience in the following areas:
  • Experience with solving fracture propagation and coupled processes problems that involve fracture mechanics, fluid flow and heat transfer.
  • Experience with fracture mechanics, nonlinear continuum mechanics (plasticity, creep), and poroelasticity.
  • Understanding and experience in thermodynamics and reactive transport modeling (Marginal)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills for effective collaboration and for writing peer-reviewed journal publications and technical reports.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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Berkeley, CA

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