Postdoc in investigations of CO2 storage mechanisms relevant for Danish North Sea

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Do you have the commitment to be part of the energy transition as a post doc in subsurface CO2 storage?

We are looking for a colleague with a strong interest in experimental investigations of CO2 storage processes using core flooding experiments.

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

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 share 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 post doc in this position is on CO2 storage processes in chalk and sandstone testing different in-situ conditions relevant for the Danish North Sea reservoirs. Reservoir core plugs, crude oil and unique field and laboratory data sets are available to increase the applicability of the research. Besides performing regular core flooding experiments, we also perform flooding experiments in CT scanners to be able to monitor the relevant processes in situ. State of the art core flooding and rock characterization equipment, including a SEM/QEMSCAN, and two CT-scanners, a micro CT scanner and a nano-CT scanner, are available for the project.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your focus will be to perform CO2 related core flooding experiments including visualization in the CT scanner. This will cover a range of CO2 injection scenarios such as carbonated water flooding, and gas flooding. You should be prepared to collaborate and engage in linking your research with the activities in the team, but also the projects carried out in relation to geology, analytical chemistry, surface chemistry, and reservoir modelling and simulations.

We prefer that you are an expert in constructing, running and analysing core flooding experiments under reservoir conditions. Experience with live oil, measurements of fluid properties and  core plug porosity and permeability would be a plus. You have a good understanding of the theory of fluid flow and flow in porous media. 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 chemical engineering, chemistry, petroleum engineering, or other relevant areas;
  • Excellent laboratory skills, especially experience in core flooding experiments;
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of flows and fluid distribution in porous media;
  • Interest in applied research with a focus on delivering results to partners.
  • Skills in mathematics and physics;
  • Experience with CT scanners would be a plus;
  • 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 Karen Louise Feilberg, email: klfe@dtu.dk

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

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.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 February 2022 (Danish time) and we will be conducting interviews on a continuous basis.

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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

Applications 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.

About DHRTC
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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