Research Scientist - Quantitative Analyst Modeler

$100,000 yearly
  • University of Texas
  • J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Burnet Rd, Austin, TX, USA
  • 25 Jan, 2019
Full time Data Scientist/Analyst

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Research Scientist - Quantitative Analyst Modeler


Hiring Department:

John A and Katherine G Jackson School of Geosciences


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Feb 10, 2019





Job Description:

This position is in the Bureau of Economic Geology located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. In this position you will conduct economic analyses and resource assessments of oil and gas in unconventional shale basins. Act as co-Principal Investigator for the shale gas and tight oil resource assessment program.


Job Details:


  • Conduct economic research on oil and gas resources including drilling and completion activities in unconventional shale plays.

  • Analyze trends and factors controlling oil and gas productivity, assess economics at well and play-wide scale.

  • Forecast future production of oil, gas and water;  and drilling activity scenarios based on economics (price, costs), technology assumptions and regulation framework.  

  • Interact with multidisciplinary team members and other economists at the Bureau.

  • Publish research findings

  • Broadly support Bureau of Economic Geology activities


Required Qualifications

Ph.D. with five years post-doctoral experience in energy-related economics or data analytics. Proven experience in quantitative analysis of large data sets.  Ability to use, adapt and as required, build economic models. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills.


Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

PhD with quantitative background (applied mathematics, statistics, engineering or physics). Experience with economic, statistical and mathematical modeling software; ability to code scripts to process large data sets. Experience in energy economics associated with oil and gas exploration and production and/or resource assessments. Experience in working in multidisciplinary teams. Ten years experience. Solid publication record.


Salary Range

$100,000 + depending on qualifications


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
  • Use of manual dexterity.
  • Climbing of stairs.
  • Occasional weekend, overtime and evening work to meet deadlines.
  • Use of manual dexterity.
  • Climbing of stairs


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information
  • Letter of interest


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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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