Senior Researcher in Fracture Modelling

Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU
Tuesday 04 Dec 18

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The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for a senior researcher position on fracture modelling in chalk formations. Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU is established by the Danish Underground Consortium and DTU. As part of a national strategy on oil and gas, the research centre is an ambitious, targeted effort to improve recovery of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea.

Responsibilities and tasks

The position will be an integrated part of the advanced water flooding programme with the focus on improving oil recovery in chalk reservoirs in the Danish part of the North Sea. In this context, the candidate is expected to perform innovative, fundamental and applied research on fracture modelling in chalk formations. The succesfull candidate will lead projects to develop, test and apply geomechanically based fracture models. They will develop algorithm for predictiing fracture nucliation and growth in complex geological environments, implement these whitin the Petrel modelling software package and validate the results against outcrop and subsurface data. They will work closely with the hydrocarbon industry to test and apply the new models in hydrocarbon fields in the Danish North Sea.

The candidate should assist co-supervising of Ph.D./MSc students working with fracture modelling and collaboration with other researchers and students working within the advanced water flooding programme are required. The team will participate in a growing cross-disciplinary research program, involving several researchers at DTU and other Danish universities, research institutes, and industry. The team will have access to unique field and laboratory data sets to test concepts and methods developed at the centre. 


Candidates must  hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc.

Our preferred candidate has the following personal and professional qualifications:

  • Strong background in both structural geology and mathematical modelling
  • Extensive knowledge of fracture geomechanics
  • Experience of developing geomechanical models of fault or fracture nucleation, proagation and interaction
  • Experience of applying geomechanical models in an industrial setting
  • Excellent skills in C sharp programing as well as experince working with Ocean for Petrel
  • Good knowledge of geological modelling, outcrop mapping and geomechanical tests
  • Minimum ten years of research and/or industry experience and an excellent scientific track record with good publications in the relevant field

Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU. In addition, we expect you to be interested in collaboration and take personal responsibility for your work, and:

  • You are motivated by both individual and team accomplishments
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork
  • You are focused on the process as well as the outcome

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

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

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Dr. Hamid Nick,


You can read about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here:

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 30 December 2018.

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Names and addresses of three references
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.