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Job #: R-00022009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking Geo-Physicist for the Workforce Development Program to support the Onshore Unconventional Resources FWP team. The onshore portfolio is developing a technique to monitor deformation in organic-rich shale or mudstone through the location and interpretation of low-frequency seismic events.

The Geo-Physicist will conduct analytical, experimental, investigative and other fact-finding work using standard scientific approaches and techniques to support principal scientific researchers. Observes, calculates, records and interprets the results of tests and analyses, and designs, constructs, modifies, calibrates, operates and maintains equipment used for these purposes or devised as a result of the work.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Use surface and borehole seismic data to characterize the subsurface deformation mechanism associated with hydraulic fracturing and CO2 storage sites.
  • Develop advance computational algorithm to determine and locate small magnitude seismic events representing low frequency (non-brittle) deformation in the reservoir during hydraulic fracturing.
  • Support optimizing estimation of stimulated reservoir volume during hydraulic fracturing treatment and modelling of reservoir stress condition using information about non-brittle deformation.
  • Utilize advance seismic techniques (waveform inversion and/or shear wave splitting) for accurate estimation of shallow crustal velocity structure that would aid into location of low frequency events of long-time duration during hydraulic fracturing or CO2 injection at carbon storage sites.
  • Investigate the possibility of determining source characteristics of low frequency events induced by fluid injection through moment tensor inversion.
  • Use seismic attribute (amplitude, frequency, attenuation, and spectral decomposition) analysis for a detailed interpretation of passive seismic data.
  • The candidate shall be able to review existing literature data on the current state of supporting the testing of new and commercially available magnetic cores.
  • Prepare technical reports on project scope, milestones and conference/workshop presentations to disseminate research findings, activities, operations, and future initiatives to industry, academic and government stakeholders is a requirement for this position.
  • Period status reporting (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and customers.
  • The candidate will participate in group meetings. Group meetings are designed to allow the applicant to discuss current research and promote discussion with fellow researchers. The manager will request the applicant to provide a PowerPoint presentation for group meetings. The frequency of these presentations is generally once every 6 months but can occur at a higher rate.
  • This position will require extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The complexity of information to be managed will require excellent organization skills and attention to detail.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or science-related field (e.g., biology, chemistry, economics, geology, mathematics, physics) and 5 years of job-related experience or a Master’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in the technical domain.

TERM OF COMMITMENT: These research positions are intended to be term positions, with varying levels of commitment that are not expected to last longer than 2 years. Candidates will be informed prior to applying what length of commitment is anticipated. Also, candidates who successfully fill a term position, may be invited to apply for an additional terms.  Nothing in this paragraph is intended to create an employment contract. Employment will remain at will.

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Yes, 10% of the time

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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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