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Research Assistant/associate in Petrophysical Analysis of The Impact of Rock Heterogeneity on Co2 Flow, Residual, and Dissolution Trapping

Imperial College London has an opening Postdoc position. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to October 18, 2018.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (i.e. postdoctoral researcher) position to join the vibrant research group of Dr. Sam Krevor in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. This research group focuses on problems of subsurface fluid flow and chemical reaction with geologic strata in application to CO2 storage, petroleum engineering, groundwater resources and hydrogeology. The group contains a diverse group of approximately 10 researchers (PhD students and postdocs) with a wide range of backgrounds and experience in Earth Science and Engineering.

The research position is part of a European Council and BEIS funded project focused on understanding the flow of CO2 through heterogeneous geologic units as a part of the ACT-CCS research program ELEGANCY (https://www.sintef.no/elegancy ). In this post the Research Associate will use reservoir condition core flooding and X-ray imaging to characterise fluid flow, and residual and dissolution trapping, in heterogeneous rocks. The use of numerical tools - commercial reservoir simulators like ECLIPSE, and numerical toolboxes such as MATLAB - will be integral to the design and interpretation of the observations. The project involves researchers from the British Geological Survey. Results from this laboratory work will underpin research by those groups focused on upscaling, geochemical processes, modelling fluid flow through faults, and understanding the seismic signatures of CO2 leakage. The Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London combines teaching and research in Earth Sciences with related engineering disciplines. The topics we are interested in reach from blue sky Earth Science (e.g. Earth interior, surface, and its place within the solar system), to integration with related petroleum, environmental, mining and minerals engineering. Overall we employ ~50 academic staff members, ~70 postdoctoral research scientists, and ~170 PhD students, ~170 MSc students, and ~300 undergraduate students. In this post the Research Associate will use reservoir condition core flooding and X-ray imaging to characterise fluid flow, and residual and dissolution trapping, in heterogeneous rocks. The use of numerical tools - commercial reservoir simulators like ECLIPSE, and numerical toolboxes such as MATLAB - will be integral to the design and interpretation of the observations.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in petroleum engineering or other areas of Earth Science or engineering. The ideal candidate will have experience using numerical simulation to model fluid flow in the subsurface, although candidates with experience in numerical simulation of other processes are welcome. The candidate will have a proven ability to carry out research with both peer reviewed publications and presentations at international conferences.

This is a fixed term position until 31st December 2019.

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