Postdoc in developing simulation tools for monitoring of subsurface CO2 storage projects

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Would you like to develop a monitoring technology for the carbon storage projects?

We are looking for a colleague with a strong interest in developing numerical simulation tools for monitoring of subsurface CO2 storage.

The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for a postdoc position on developing numerical simulation techniques for monitoring CO2 storage. You will join a growing cross-disciplinary research group working within a recently funded project: Bifrost.

Responsibilities and qualifications
By joining our team you will be working in an international environment and cooperate with some of the largest industrial players, TotalEnergies and Ørsted, as well as academic researchers. The project is part of DHRTC’s aspiration to be a key player in the energy transition, and we are looking for an ambitious colleague who shares this vision.

The Bifrost Project aims at unlocking Denmark’s Carbon Capture and Storage potential in the North Sea by leveraging on existing oil and gas infrastructure. We aim at using depleted oil and gas fields and pipelines for permanent geologic storage of CO2, effectively providing a bridge from fossil fuel extraction to carbon neutrality.

The focus of your work as a postdoctoral researcher is on developing numerical modelling solutions for monitoring of significant irregularities, migration and/or leakage of CO2 in the Danish North Sea chalk and sandstone reservoirs. Valuable subsurface data and reservoirs models inherited from oil and gas operations are available to increase the applicability of the research.

We prefer that you are an expert in developing numerical simulation tools for CO2 storage projects. Experience with geophysics, machine learning and/or use of large, complex data sets would be a plus. Industrial experience is advantageous but not a requirement. You have a good understanding of relevant risks associated with CO2 storage including induced seismicity and well degradation leading to uncontrolled releases of CO2. Being open to multi-disciplinary research and team work is a must as you will work in close collaboration with the members of the Bifrost's team. A close collaboration with our project partners and delivering results are essential for the success of the project.

Your background would require several elements:

  • PhD degree in applied mathematics, geotechnical engineering, or other relevant areas;
  • Interest in applied research with a focus on delivering results to partners.
  • Skills in scientific programming languages;
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Good communication skills in English;
  • Thorough, focused and hardworking person;

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 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 with an expected starting date of 1st of March 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Hamid Nick, email: 

Please do not send your application by email.

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

Read more about the Bifrost Project here: EUDP Funding for Innovative CCS Project - Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Please submit your online application no later than 10 February 2022 (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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc/PhD diploma
  • Research statement and names and addresses of three references

Please do not include additional documents such as published articles/reports, and copy of course certificates in your application.

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

Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) 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. We strive to realize our vision by developing innovative solutions to specific challenges facing the energy sector. By managing a portfolio of research projects, we can ensure that our solutions make a difference to industry. DHRTC is a partnership between five of Denmark's leading research institutions: Aalborg University, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the Technical University of Denmark. We gather teams across the network and utilize the cutting-edge expertise of each partner institution. In addition, we are in constant dialogue with industry partners and researchers outside DHRTC. We see this network approach as the most optimal approach to pioneering research that makes a difference in the field.

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