Postdoc for analysis of crude oil and water using advanced chromatography and mass spectrometry

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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 postdoc position on crude oil and reservoir water characterization as a part of a larger project relating to oil recovery in the context of advanced water flooding. 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 advertised project focuses on improved recovery processes with a focus on sustainable production and water management.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position will be an integrated part of the advanced water flooding, produced water and tight reservoir development programmes at the DHRTC with a focus on mapping and characterizing oil constituents in water and oil samples from the Danish North Sea oil fields. In this context, the candidate is expected work with the team to perform innovative, fundamental, and applied research on:

  • Chemical analysis of crude oil samples, contaminated water samples and petroleum fluids.
  • Investigation of injection strategies of modified salinity and produced water into reservoirs.
  • Investigation of degradation of crude oil constituents and water treatment for removal of crude oil contaminants.

Water based enhanced oil recovery employs different techniques to optimize the flow of oil and to minimize the residual oil left behind by the water flooding of oil. The injection water can be modified to improve recovery by altering its composition by salinity modification or by additives. A molecular characterization of the crude oil constituents provides the link between well-established models for mixtures of simple molecules and improved models for reservoir fluids that consist of many complex components and ill-defined fractions. The water produced from well with the oil is a potential candidate for re-injection and is an environmental challenge if left untreated so there is particular interest in characterizing the composition of the water phase. The characterization will be based on modern analytical methods including advanced gas and liquid chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry (GCxGC and HRMS). Other methods available for petroleum analysis include FTIR, ICP-OES and NMR.

The project will involve work with partner laboratories and with the team in the fluid characterization and recovery processes groups at DHRTC.

Application potential
The line-of-sight application potential of this project is to assist the improved recovery and produced water management projects with application in the Danish North Sea.

PhD degree in analytical, organic or physical chemistry or similar

  • Exceptional skills in analytical experimental chemistry;
  • Experience with advanced chromatography, mass spectrometry and chemometrics
  • Interest in applied research;
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English;

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

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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment terms of the Postdoc will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. Postdoc employment is for a period of two years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Karen Feilberg,
You can read about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here:
Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 6 March 2020 (23:59 local 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:

  • Application stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement and names and addresses of three references
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD) and list of publications

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.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.