Instrumentation & Data Acquisition Engineer

The Instrumentation & Data Acquisition Engineer will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of cutting-edge systems to gather, process, and analyze diverse data streams, driving innovative solutions and impactful insights.

Decarbonizing the energy sector is an urgent challenge, and with the right technology, geothermal energy can play a central role. We are expanding our team to help make this vision a reality. Fervo Energy has developed technology to make geothermal power scalable and cost-effective. Join us and work alongside world-class engineers, researchers, investors, and developers in making geothermal a key pillar of our climate-friendly energy future.

Description

The Instrumentation & Data Acquisition Engineer will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of cutting-edge systems to gather, process, and analyze diverse data streams, driving innovative solutions and impactful insights. The preferred candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience and a diverse skill set, including distributed fiber optic sensing equipment setup, point sensor integration, fusion splicing, network configuration, and server setup. This role requires proficiency in Python programming, network protocols, and computer system administration and will focus on enhanced geothermal system (EGS) monitoring, which will necessitate technical expertise and a practical understanding of geothermal reservoirs. This Data Acquisition Engineer will report to the Geophysics Lead.

Responsibilities

  • Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Setup: Lead the planning, installation, and calibration of distributed fiber optic sensing systems tailored for EGS monitoring. Ensure accurate data collection for reservoir characterization and optimization.
  • Point Sensor Integration: Integrate various point sensors (e.g., temperature, pressure) into the monitoring network to capture critical reservoir parameters. Ensure seamless integration with distributed sensing systems.
  • Fusion Splicing: Fusion splice optical fibers to establish high-quality distributed fiber optic sensing acquisition. Conduct quality checks (OTDR) to maintain signal integrity.
  • Network Configuration: Design and configure network architectures to facilitate data transmission from sensors to central servers. Implement security protocols and optimize network performance for real-time monitoring.
  • Seismometer Deployment: Assist the deployment and configuration of seismometers to monitor seismic activity within geothermal reservoirs. Collaborate with geophysicists to optimize sensor placement and data collection strategies.
  • Server Setup and Administration: Manage the setup, configuration, and maintenance of server systems dedicated to EGS data acquisition and analysis. Ensure data availability, integrity, and system reliability.
  • Python Programming: Develop scripts and applications in Python for data analysis, processing, and visualization. Automate routine tasks and streamline data workflows to enhance efficiency.
  • Cost-effective Solutions: Identify and implement cost-effective solutions to maximize the value of monitoring systems. Evaluate alternative technologies and procurement options to optimize project budgets.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Geophysics, Computer Science, or a related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in data acquisition engineering
  • Proficiency in distributed fiber optic sensing equipment setup, point sensor integration, fusion splicing, network configuration, and server administration
  • Strong programming skills in Python with experience in data analysis and visualization
  • Deep understanding of network protocols and computer system administration
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving abilities
  • Willingness to travel and work in remote field locations
  • Preferred: Expertise in Geophysics, Seismology or Petroleum engineering
  • Preferred: Expertise in field maintenance of seismological stations

Location

Fervo Energy is headquartered in Houston, TX with growing offices in Oakland, CA, Golden, CO, Reno, NV, and Salt Lake City, UT. This position will be eligible for some hybrid work flexibility, but regular in-office presence at Fervo’s Houston, Golden, or Salt Lake City offices will be required.

About Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy commercializes technology to own, develop, and operate geothermal assets as the dispatchable foundation to a 100% clean energy future. As a 24/7, reliable clean energy resource, geothermal energy has a major role to play in the future electric grid and Fervo Energy’s key innovations bring a full suite of modern technology to make geothermal cost competitive. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that we have developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo is supported through Cyclotron Road, the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Fervo Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.