Two PhD positions in the field of Reactive Flow and Transport in Chalk Reservoirs

Tuesday 22 Dec 20

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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 PhD positions on reactive flow and transport in 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 conducts research to improve future production of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea. The Centre's research seeks to increase sustainability through improved cost efficiency and reduced environmental impact.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main objective of the projects is to study different  applications for both produced water reinjection and well abondenment processes in chalk hydrocarbon fields. We aim to describe in detail the response of the well and near wellbore area to multiple altered (bio-)chemical injection solutions under reservoir conditions. This will be used to design applied solutions for produced water reinjection as well as clogging near wellbore area. The work consist of both numerical modelling and laboratory experiments. The positions will be an integrated part of our research programmes with the focus on reducing the environemntal footprint of production and P&A operations for chalk reservoirs in the Danish part of the North Sea.


  • M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics,  Earth / Environmental Sciences or other relevant areas;
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of reactive flow and transport in porous media and wells;
  • A good knowledge of  geochemistry and/or geomicrobiology is very valuable.
  • Practical experience with scientific programming languages and laboratory work are desirable
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment as an independent researcher;
  • Good writing and communication skills in English;

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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 salary and appointment terms of the PhD position are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Hamid Nick, Please do not send your application by email.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 10 Feburary 2021 (Danish time). 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 (elaborate your skills in computational methods, numerical analyses, and programming).
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement and names and addresses of three references
  • Authorized copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas, and transcript of grades (an official translation into English).
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here).

Please do not include additional documents such as published articles/reports, copy of course certificates and recomendation letters.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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.

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