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    Salary: $79,7999 (Step 01) to $103,739 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

    There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity # 17-31. Data science and machine learning to inform energy assessments

    The USGS conducts scientifically robust quantitative assessments of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in the United States and around the world.  These assessments are mandated by Congress and often receive significant attention on release .  They are relied upon by others to understand the future availability of energy resources. USGS assessment geologists conduct these assessments using the best available data for a region; the quantity and quality of that data varies significantly across the nation and the world.

    One of the key data sources that supports those assessments is IHS Markit’s Well Data and Production Data datasets. The IHS Markit’s US Well Data and US Production Data databases contain close to 500 million records describing many facets of oil and gas exploration and development such as fields, reservoirs, well logs, formation tops etc. This massive data resource has the potential to provide much greater value for the USGS if approached with emerging data analytical approaches.  Research is needed into data science and machine learning techniques that can help us to identify untapped potential in these and related databases that could impact the geologic and quantitative aspects of USGS resource studies and assessments. 

    We seek applicants for this Mendenhall Research Opportunity who are interested in developing analytical approaches for intelligently sifting through large geologic datasets to identify key parameters and relationships that will provide an improved understanding of the processes and patterns that underpin USGS resource studies. 

    Proposed Duty Station: Lakewood, CO

    Areas of Ph.D.: Data science, machine learning, computer science, geology, geophysics, petroleum geology, or related fields (candidates holding a PhD in other disciplines that also have extensive knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered). (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

    Qualifications:  Applications must meet one of the following qualifications:  Research Geologist; Research Geophysicist; Research Computer Scientist; Research Statistician; Operations Research Analyst.

    (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources specialist.)


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    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 3 nights per month may be required.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518644800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.