University of Southern California The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering

The Subsurface Energy and Environmental Systems (SEES) lab at USC focuses on integrating advanced computational and mathematical tools with insights from geosciences and the physics of multiphase fluid flow and transport processes in porous media to enable efficient development of subsurface energy, water, and environmental resources.

Our research transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries across Geosciences, Hydrogeology, Petroleum Engineering, Signal Processing, Estimation and Control, to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems in effectively harnessing subsurface resources while mitigating the impacts of their development and use. At the Viterbi School of Engineering, we are affiliated with the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Ming Hsieh Departmental of Electrical Engineering.



A postdoctoral opportunity is currently available in machine learning with application to dynamic subsurface imaging in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Individuals with a Ph.D. computer science, electrical engineering, or applied math are particularly encouraged to apply.  Applicants with a strong mathematical background who completed their Ph.D. in other engineering disciplines will also be considered. Interested applicants should submit a CV including publication list and a statement of research interests to Prof. Behnam Jafarpour at Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to football, basketball and other campus events. The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

  • 04/16/18-04/19/18: SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification will be coming to Garden Grove, California next year. 
  • 04/22/18-04/25/18: The 2018 SPE Western Regional Meeting will be held in Garden Grove, CA.
  • 12/11/17-12/15/17: AGU Fall Meeting to held in New Orlean. SEES will have two presentatios this year. 
  • 08/20/17-08/29/17: Behnam Jafarpour joins Foundation CMG to visit UFPE, Unicamp, and Petrobras in Brazil.