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Numerical Reservoir Simulations

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) this posting seeks a graduate student or post-bachelors physical research scientist to engage in projects with the Research Innovation Center (RIC) researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

RIC performs research within the National Gas Hydrate Research and Development Program to obtain pertinent, high-quality information on gas hydrates that will benefit the development of models and methods for predicting the behavior of gas hydrates in their natural environment under natural conditions and production scenarios. RIC supports major gas hydrate production field tests by providing numerical predictions on fluid migration, gas production, and potential reactions occurring during gas production activities, as well as by providing fundamental understanding and knowledge on hydrate behavior derived from experimental investigations on thermal, hydrological, geo-mechanical, and reactive responses of hydrate. RIC research includes, but is not limited to, numerical modeling efforts, including simulations of long-term production tests, laboratory experimental tests on geo-mechanical stress-strain measurements, water conductivity and relative permeability of fluid through hydrate-bearing sediments, high resolution visualizations of hydrate distributions and fluid migration in porous media under in situ conditions, developing state-of-the art pressure core analysis tools for characterizing geo-mechanical responses of field-retrieved hydrate-bearing pressure cores, and machine learning application to gas hydrate system to develop efficient key parameter estimation tools and large-scale 3D geologic model for gas hydrate reservoir.

The selected applicant will have the opportunity to learn about and gain advanced skillsets to support numerical reservoir simulations for gas production, laboratory characterization of hydrate bearing sediments, basin petroleum system modeling and machine learning application, depending on qualifications and background.
For more information about research ongoing in the Hydrate Portfolio at NETL please visit

Applicants should apply through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) program via Zintellect -- linked to the "apply externally" option in Handshake. Students expecting to complete a graduate degree (Master's or doctoral) before starting the appointment should apply to the Postgraduate opportunity in Zintellect,

The ORISE Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students, recent graduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty researchers to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting to learn about NETL Research and Innovation Center’s (R&IC) core mission areas.  

In the online application list Yongkoo Seol as your requested mentor. This will associate your application with this posting. After applying in Zintellect, send a CV to

A complete application consists of:
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation. If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

The dates listed in Handshake are approximate: start date and end date are flexible, based on selected participant’s availability and the needs of the research project.

This opportunity is open to enrolled students, recent graduates, and faculty. Students pursuing an Associate's degree are eligible. First-year students & freshmen are eligible. Recent graduates are also eligible ("recent": within 2 years of completing a Bachelors, within 3 years of completing a Master's, or within 5 years of completing a doctoral degree).
Stipend listed in Handshake is a base rate for a recent Bachelor's graduate ($35,265/year); actual stipend offered is based on number of years of college experience.
  • The base rate at the post-Master's level is $43,250 per year.
  • The base rate at the post-doctoral level is $64,000 per year.