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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jenny Suckale

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Suckale, Jenny
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Energy Resources Engineering
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
2 years
Appointment Start Date: 
Fall 2021
How to Submit Application Materials: 

For full consideration, please submit the required application materials to Dr. Jenny Suckale ( with “Post-doc Application” listed in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications August 1st, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. We are especially eager to identify minority candidates and women with appropriate qualifications.

The Department of Geophysics and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering seek a creative individual for a fully-funded, 2-year postdoctoral position to model fluid transport through interconnected fracture networks within the overburden of hydrocarbon reservoirs under sub-sea conditions.
Observations suggest that hydrocarbons emerging from natural, sub-sea seeps migrate to the surface as a distinct, non-dispersed column of fluid. Seepage occurs in spatially distinct areas, indicative of the existence of preferential pathways underneath, but is variable in both time an  space. Typically, the seeping fluids share a striking similarity to the hydrocarbons contained within reservoirs directly below the seeps, suggesting a common origin and arduous pathways to the surface. Our goal is to infer reservoir properties from seabed observations of fluid seepage through an improved understanding of the processes that govern hydrocarbon transport in interconnected networks under sub-sea conditions. Making progress on this problem is relevant not only for hydrocarbon production, but also for carbon sequestration.

The post-doctoral scholar will work on developing and analyzing models that quantify fluid migration along an interconnected network of preferential pathways in the overburden of hydrocarbon reservoirs under sub-sea conditions. The position requires experience in modeling multiphase flow, ideally through both numerical and analytical approaches. The primary advisors for this project are Dr. Jenny Suckale (Stanford, Department of Geophysics) and Dr. Hamdi Tchelepi (Stanford, Department of Energy Resources Engineering). The project will be performed in close collaboration with Leslie Baksmaty at Shell.
The position is located in the School of School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University with a target start date in Fall 2021.

Required Qualifications: 
  • The successful candidate will be a friendly, self-directed individual who is excited about working on collaborative projects, has experience developing and calibrating models, and communicates well.
  • A Ph.D. in geophysics, fluid mechanics, reservoir engineering, mechanical engineering or a similar field is required.
Required Application Materials: 
  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • Names of three references 


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.