Petroleum Engineer - Well Completion and Reservoir Stimulation Specialist

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Depends upon experience
Mar 24, 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Hiring Department: Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Details: Salary Dependent Upon Experience , Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, and annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.  
Work Schedule: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Position Details:  A Complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

This position is located at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (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.
This position will work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to design well completions and analyze reservoir stimulation and production performance to facilitate the implementation of leading-edge concepts, technologies, operational strategies, and data applications that improve the performance of CO2 EOR projects, CO2 storage projects, and unconventional hydrocarbon recovery projects. We are looking for experienced, aggressive, scientifically trained, and market-oriented individuals to contribute to the success of the organization by performing one or more of the following functions:.

  • Develop and advise EERC project teams and project stakeholders on well completion and reservoir stimulation designs compatible with research objectives and the operating environment. Work with stakeholders to evaluate performance and communicate the cost–benefit of options available.
  • Assist EERC project teams and EERC clients with developing completion designs and surface infrastructure compatible with CO2 EOR, CO2 storage, and other challenging IOR environments.
  • Prepare budgets and operating procedures for field activities. 
  • Supervise fieldwork and project tasks.
  • Remain up-to-date with new completions, reservoir surveillance, and reservoir stimulation  technology and practices.
  • Adapt and integrate those leading-edge concepts, technologies, operational strategies, and data applications to improve the performance of CO2 EOR projects, CO2 storage projects, and unconventional hydrocarbon recovery projects.
  • Work in strong collaboration with EERC subject matter experts, leadership, and clients to prepare proposals and to develop, pursue, and execute new business opportunities. 
  • Adhere to and promote EERC core values, mission statement, policies, standard operating practices, and culture.
  • Assist project managers by working as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to ensure work is successfully completed on time, on budget, and within client expectations.
  • Candidate is expected to effectively and professionally communicate progress, status, and knowledge sharing with stakeholders, including participating in or leading in-person meetings, Web meetings, conference calls, and presentations to stakeholders and at conferences. 
  • Successful candidates would also be expected to prepare technical reports, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles and to communicate technical results to clients and the scientific community.
  • Some travel is required.

Required Competencies:

  • Design and analysis of well completions and reservoir stimulation.
  • Excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excel at working both individually and as part of a diverse team.
  • 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 and organizational abilities.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, geological engineering, reservoir engineering, or closely related field.
  • 5 years of oil and gas industry and/or scientific research experience including pertinent experience with the design and analysis of well completions and reservoir stimulation in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
  • Applicants may be required to present to the interviewers during the interview process.
  • Cover letter, resume, or curriculum vitae.
  • Successful completion of criminal history background 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. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the design of well completions (particularly experience with CO2 EOR-compatible completions).
  • Experience with reservoir stimulation design (including hydraulic fracturing) and postjob analysis (particularly with unconventional oil and gas plays). 
  • Experience with petroleum reserves calculations and/or decline curve analysis and/or production forecasting.
  • Experience with the design and operation of oil and gas production and/or processing facilities (particularly related to CO2 EOR, water flood, or other improved oil recovery technique).
  • Experience planning and supervising oil and gas field work.
  • Experience preparing budgets, working with vendors, and preparing operating procedures and leading field activities pertaining to well drilling, well completions, reservoir stimulation, and/or transportation and processing infrastructure.  
  • Experience with oil and gas chemical programs (e.g., surfactants, well treatments, etc.).
  • Experience or background in geochemistry.
  • Experience or background in oil and gas produced water treatment.
  • Experience in planning, budgeting, coordination, reporting, and management of research activities. 
  • Experience integrating. operations, permitting, regulatory, and economics related to oil and gas activities.

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North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
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