Senior Geoscientist - Project Manager
University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Position Information: Description

As a Senior Geoscientist this position is responsible for managing Geoscience, technical, and other projects for EERC Commercial, State, and Federal clients.

This position is located at the 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 and dedication to our five core values; including being professional and respecting others. We are looking for enthusiastic scientists who love world-changing technologies, are life-long learners, and have an inclusive mindset that can contribute to the success of the organization.  

The successful applicant will work closely with directors and other program/project managers, especially in the research area of geologic CO2 capture and storage, enhanced oil recovery, and other geoscience related research activities. The successful applicant will be able to lead $1,000,000 or more multitask type research projects in the geosciences; working with task leads and multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, and business professionals. The successful applicant will assist in bringing project deliverables and milestones to completion; including working closely with task managers and being well qualified to review and offer constructive comments on technical reports and publications. The applicant will have the ability to stay apprised of the opportunities and challenges facing the energy industry and engage with stakeholders, partners and clients to inform on strategies and implement solutions that enable the prudent production and use of fossil energy.

The EERC is looking for an experienced, motivated, and market-oriented individual to contribute to the success of the organization by performing the following functions:

  • Assist EERC directors, principal leads, and project managers at a high level in the development of research plans and the execution of project tasks.
  • Work with task leads and collaborate with other project managers to ensure specific programmatic and project related deliverables, milestones, reports, marketing publications and presentations and other related work is successfully completed on time, on budget, and within client expectations; and will have some responsibility as primary project manager.
  • Having the ability to propose project work and manage entire projects or project subtasks of $500,000 or more.
  • Work with research principals and directors at EERC to provide information for stakeholders, partners, and clients to inform strategies and implement solutions that enable prudent and economic production and use of fossil energy with reduced carbon intensity and acceptable environmental stewardship.
  • Develop and communicate factual and scientifically derived information on research results and the status of scientific initiatives related prudent carbon dioxide reduction regionally and across the U.S., to industry, academic, and government stakeholders.
  • Work in collaboration with EERC subject matter experts, research principals and directors, and clients to prepare proposals and budgets and to develop, pursue, and execute business opportunities that are responsive to client interests. 
  • Effectively and professionally communicate progress and status to stakeholders by partaking in or leading in-person meetings, web meetings, conference calls, and presentations, and participate in knowledge-sharing with stakeholders by attending or presenting at conferences. 
  • Prepare briefings, technical reports, conference papers, peer-reviewed journal articles, and outreach materials to communicate technical results to clients, stakeholder, the public, and the scientific community.

At the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, annual & sick leave in addition to 11 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Required Competencies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • Motivated, adaptive individual with a positive, goal-oriented attitude.
  • Excel at working both individually and as part of a diverse team.
  • Attention to detail, logical with strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge, curiosity, and passion for learning.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with the general public, technical professionals, business professionals, federal contract managers, regulatory agents, and policy makers at all levels of management and in various forums.
  • Ability to concisely communicate technical and complex subject matter. 
  • Proficient in communicating the status and results of research projects to project teams, at conferences, and with client audiences.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in geosciences or engineering.
  • 5 years of project management experience in geosciences or engineering-related fields.
  • Experience that shows leadership in working with multiple task leads of a project team; conducting project management, including overseeing entire projects, managing budgets, overseeing and advising technical leads, and working with support staff team leaders (i.e. financial, safety, contractual, etc.) and their groups.
  • Experience and demonstrated skills in technical project reporting including preparing and formatting documents, following federal reporting requirements, assembling quarterly, topical, and final reports; with skills in reviewing content and providing constructive criticism (i.e. on technical project results that align with project objectives).
  • Experience meeting project deadlines for reports, milestones, and other deliverables.
  • Experience working and communicating effectively with stakeholders, partners, and clients and demonstrates the ability to develop new project partners and clients.
  • Applicants may be required to present during the interview and submit a project report they spearheaded and/or assembled.
  • Cover letter, resume, or curriculum vitae.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records 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.

This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications
    3 + years of experience conducting or supporting research for federal, state, and/or commercial clients.Experience in proposing and executing research or commercial project work, with full management responsibilities or subtask responsibilities for project work totaling $500,000 or more. Experience in project or subtask management or applied research management related to incremental oil recovery, enhanced oil recovery, and geologic storage of CO2, natural gas and/or hydrogen.  Experience in taking the lead to prepare proposals and budgets and to develop, pursue, and execute business opportunities that are responsive to client interests and funding opportunities.Experience supervising employees, overseeing project leads, providing guidance, recognition, engagement, and evaluations to direct reports.
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$85,000/Exempt; Benefited; Full-time

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with flexibility to accommodate work activities/work life balance. Travel may be required.

To Apply

This position is open until filled with intial review of candidates on 1/26/2022.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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