Two Phd/postdoc Positions for Experimental Investigations of Barite Scale Formation at Well Conditions

A PhD scholarship is available at Technical University of Denmark. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. Applicants should apply before January 15, 2019.

The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU in collaboration with the Center for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE) at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for postdoc or PhD positions on barite scale formation at well conditions. The centre for Oil and Gas - DTU is established by the Danish Underground Consortium and DTU. As part of a Danish national strategy on oil and gas, the research centre is an ambitious, targeted effort to extend field life time and improve recovery of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea.

When well integrity is at risk, the recovery Deposits of scale and corrosion are contributing factors for potential loss of well integrity and further, scale build-up causes decrease of well efficiency. EOR schemes may affect the rate of scale precipitation and corrosion, potentially to the point of negating the targeted improvement in recovery factor. Therefore, improved understanding of observed mechanisms and development of testing methods as well as improved modelling tools for predicting and potentially mitigating scale deposit and corrosion is essential for optimal recovery of the remaining reserves. The DHRTC research program and these advertised positions on scale aims to improve the understanding of the complex and coupled chemical mechanisms that govern the deposition of scales (e.g. CaCO , BaSO , FeCO , FeS).The projects will involve work with partner laboratories at DTU and with the team in the fluid characterization and modelling groups at DHRTC.

Candidate one will work on a primarily experimental project which will be an integrated part of the scale and corrosion program at the DHRTC. The plan for this project is experimental studies of the kinetics of formation of BaSO and other insoluble scales with focus on nucleation and flow regimes. The project will focus on setting up a flow cell to simulate realistic pipe flow wherein the factors influencing scale build-up can be controlled.

Candidate two is expected to work with the team atCenter for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE) to measure BaSO solubility in relevant brines to fill in the gaps between existing data.

The line-of-sight application potential of this project is to assist in reaching a better understanding of the conditions that lead to scale build up in North Sea Oil Well conditions. For the PhD position: Master's degree in analytical or physical chemistry, chemical engineering or similar.

For the Postdoc position: PhD degree in analytical or physical chemistry, chemical engineering or similar.

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

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 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. The salary and appointment terms ofthe PhD positionare consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. The appointment terms ofthe Postdocwill 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 may be obtained from Senior Researcher Karen Feilberg, You can read about the scientific basis for the centre's activities here:

Please submit your online application no later than15 January2019. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form.

lease indicate whether you are applying for the PhD position or the Postdoc position.

Candidates may apply for thePhD positionprior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.


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