Postdoc in applied image analysis of flow in porous medium

Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU
Wednesday 22 Mar 17

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Can you bridge the gap between the chemical engineers performing the experiments and the computer scientists modelling the systems? Then you can become an important player at our Recovery Processes research group at The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Center (DHRTC).

We seek to demonstrate how the recovery of oil and gas can be increased in the Danish region of the North Sea. Specifically, the aim is to demonstrate increased oil and gas recovery equivalent to 100 million barrels of oil in 2020. The centre’s work involves close collaboration between research and engineering on coming up with innovative solutions to the challenges in the North Sea. This is done through research and partnerships across universities and in interaction with industry.

DHRTC is a global centre from which researchers can access important data and knowledge about the oil fields, and our research programmes are orchestrated from the centre in partnership with research groups from our partner institutions.

Your team and responsibilities
The Recovery Processes research group at DHRTC pursues research programs to develop and demonstrate new ways to improve oil recovery through injection of various substances into the oil reservoirs. As a major part of the development and screening process, CT-scan chalk samples during injection of these substances are scanned to both visualize and model the behavior in situ. Further, DHRTC will acquire a micro- and nano-CT scanner, to complement the medical CT scanner currently used.

The successful candidate will bridge the gap between the chemical engineers performing the experiments and the computer scientists modelling the systems, and is thus a key component to the success of the team. The CT-scan brings additional information of the recovery mechanisms taking place inside the porous chalk rock. The main task is to visualize and extract information of the recovery processes from CT-scans on different scales and make the information accessible to others.

  • The successful candidate will join our research team and focus on experimental investigations of chalk samples both during injection of substances and for study of mechanical properties through CT-scanning.
Other content of the position:
  • The candidate will drive collaboration on image analysis with partners in DHRTC and at DTU
The successful applicant should have a strong background (PhD degree or equivalent) in image analysis and have a deep understanding of both CT-scanning and tomographic reconstructions. Experience with SEM is a plus.

The successful candidate should have demonstrated:
  • Ability to conduct independent research at highest international level within applied image analysis.
  • Ability to collaborate in a strongly cross disciplinary environment.
  • Interest in applied research.
  • We speak English in the organisation, therefore good skills in both oral and written English is preferred.
  • Furthermore, it is an advantage if you have an interest to drive both local and international collaborations as well as co-supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students.
We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Workplace and period of employment
Workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus.
The period of employment is 2 years (with the possibility of an extension up to a total of four years, subject to available funding).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Sidsel Marie Nielsen, DHRTC tel. no: +45 45 25 72 37, e-mail:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 3 May 2017. Apply online at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

The file must include:
  • Application stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project. It is essential that you clearly state in the title whether you apply for a PhD or Postdoc position.
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • For Authorized copies of BSc, MSc, and PhD diplomas, and transcript of grades (an official translation into English) with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here).
  • List of publications.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The overarching purpose of The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre is to identify new technological and conceptual solutions that will enable increased oil and gas extraction in the Danish section of the North Sea. The research activities at the centre cover selected aspects of expertise: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced Oil & Gas Recovery Processes, Drilling & Production Technology Concepts and Production Facilities, Materials Research & Design. The centre will develop deep, new understanding within these disciplines with a line-of-sight to application. Located at The Technical University of Denmark research groups at the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University and the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark will be affiliated with the Centre. When fully operational, the centre will employ and engage more than 100 people.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.
29 APRIL 2017