Seismologist

The Seismologist will be responsible for the design, implementation, and processing of critical borehole and surface seismic monitoring campaigns.

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 Seismologist will be responsible for the design, implementation, and processing of critical borehole and surface seismic monitoring campaigns. This position will be responsible for implementing Fervo’s induced seismicity monitoring and mitigation plans. Key responsibilities include maintaining local seismic networks, leading the real-time data processing, and implementing a traffic light system. The ideal candidate will develop algorithms to improve real-time seismic hazard analysis to inform Fervo’s operational response protocols. This role is open to all experience levels meeting the required qualifications and will be an integral part of a team with other geophysicists, fiber optic experts, reservoir engineers, and computational scientists. The Seismologist will report to the Geophysics Lead.

Responsibilities

  • Gather, interpret, and integrate microseismic data into geological modeling and reservoir performance evaluation
  • Analyze induced seismicity to assess potential hazards, conduct risk assessments, and enhance completion efficiency
  • Collaborate internally and externally on induced seismicity and associated risks, engaging with geophysicists, geologists, and engineers to enhance understanding of reservoir complexities and refine Fervo development plans and operational response protocols
  • Implement advanced seismic event detection and location algorithms
  • Develop advanced software and algorithms for real-time seismic hazard analysis, including physics-based and/or statistical seismological methods
  • Conduct fieldwork, including installation and maintenance of geophysical equipment, in collaboration with vendors, with approximately 10-20 % travel required

Qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD degree in Geophysics or Seismology
  • Hands-on experience with earthquake location software such as SeisComP, Antelope, Seisan, Earthworm, or other open-source algorithms like NonLinLoc and HypoDD
  • Proficiency in earthquake codes, encompassing Moment Tensor inversion, stress drop estimation, and integration of seismicity with Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Modeling. Candidates with expertise in seismology and the capacity and willingness to learn the above skills are also encouraged to apply
  • Familiarity with Linux operating systems and proficiency in the Python programming language, including script and tool development for seismic data processing and analysis
  • Willing and able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to travel to various field locations and Fervo office locations
  • Practical experience with geophysical equipment
  • Preferred: Experience with installation or processing of distributed acoustic sensing data
  • Preferred: Experience in machine learning applied to seismological applications

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 or Golden 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.