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Senior Research Scientist

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks County, ND
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Position Information: DescriptionThis 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 confident, scientifically trained, and market-oriented individuals to contribute to the success of the organization by performing one or more of the following functions:

Work in strong collaboration with EERC subject matter experts, principal investigators, and EERC leadership to prepare proposals and to develop and pursue new business opportunities. Work as part of a diverse multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers to ensure that technical work is successfully completed on-time, on-budget, and within client expectations.Manage one of the analytical research laboratories in the EERC's Subsurface R&D group that focus on classical and advanced wet-chemistry analyses; petrochemical and geomechanical evaluation of rocks and soils; and mineralogical assessment of materials using x-ray fluorescence (XRF), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)Ensure that the laboratory data and results are of excellent quality and integrated with the theoretical, modeling and field components of related EERC research efforts. Ensure the safety of laboratory staff and/or any personnel working in the laboratory; regularly review and update laboratory safety plans. Work closely with Principal Scientists, project managers and laboratory staff to develop and expand the research-based efforts occurring in the laboratories.Provide technical assistance on projects related to CO2 EOR, CO2 storage, unconventional hydrocarbon recovery, natural resource management, critical resource characterization and recovery, geologic and synthetic materials characterization, and the environmental aspects of energy development.Provide mentoring to staff and/or colleagues, and promote personnel development, education, and training opportunities. Some 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 []( Competencies
Excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.Effective at project/task/personnel management in area of expertise.Seen as an expert in technical field.Knowledge and willingness to learn about new technologies.Strong leadership abilities.Adherence to and promotion of good safety practices in the workplace and field.Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree in geochemistry, geology, geological engineering, petroleum engineering, reservoir engineering, chemistry, or closely related field.Five years of scientific research experience.Experience working in a laboratory environment, including adherence to and implementation of laboratory safety and QA/QC protocols. Experience characterizing and evaluating subsurface media and/or fluids as they pertain to enhanced oil recovery and/or CO2 storage. 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.
*This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.*
Preferred Qualifications
Advanced degree in geochemistry, geology, geological engineering, petroleum engineering, reservoir engineering, chemistry, or closely related field.6 or more years of scientific research experience. Project management experience.Experience writing proposals for technical work. Experience preparing high-quality technical reports, documents, and proposals and in preparing and delivering technical presentations.Proficiency and experience with one or more of the following: geologic characterization; XRD, XRF or SEM analysis and characterization; laboratory data collection, processing, QA/QC, and analysis; experimental design; applied laboratory research; gas chromatography and hydrocarbon analysis; environmental chemistry; geochemistry; organic petrology. Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification$78,000 Annual/Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt
Work ScheduleMonday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with flexibility to accommodate work activities/work life balance. Travel may be required.
BenefitsIncludes 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.*
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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 MaterialsPursuant 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 StatementThe 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 PreferenceVeterans 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 StatementIn compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university's policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years' of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.
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