A postdoctoral research position in geomechanical modelling of fractures: formation of natural fractures in Lower Cretaceous rock

Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU
torsdag 09 nov 17

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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 positions on investigations of mechanisms and models in the context of formation of fractures in tight chalk reservoirs. 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. The first of the cross-disciplinary flagship programmes of the centre is advanced water flooding of the Dan, Halfdan, and Kraka oil fields.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position will be an integrated part of the tight reservoir development 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 understanding of fractures formation and interactions with geological heterogeneity. This project aims to identify key physical quantities for natural fracture formation in Lower Cretaceous rock to help inform stochastic models of fracture geometries compliant with geologic interpretations and physical laws. The project will rely on measurements of fractures in core, rock mechanics experimental data, and interpretations from rock outcrop measurements.
The candidate should assist to set-up and develop numerical tools tailored for modelling of the relevant fractures formation methods.  It will contribute to shaping a computational modelling lab at the centre. Co-supervising of MSc students working with reservoir simulation and collaboration with other researchers and students 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.

Application potential
The line-of-sight application potential of this project is to assist the development of tight chalk oil fields in the Danish sector of the North sea.


  • Ph.D. degree in geotechnics, applied mathematics, petroleum, structural geology or other relevant areas;
  • Excellent knowledge of the fundamentals of flow and geomechanics in porous media;
  • Proven experience with devloping numerical codes for geomechanical simulations of disrcrete fracture network is highly advantageous.
  • Excellent skills in numerical modelling and programming (preferablly C++);
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy 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 salary and appointment terms of the Postdoc position is based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Hamid Nick, hamid@dtu.dk.

You can read about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here: www.oilgas.dtu.dk/english/Research .

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 30 November 2017.

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 letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement and names and addresses of three references
  • 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, race, disability, 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 11,000 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.