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Research Assistant in Coal Mine Methane and Coalbed Methane Technology

Imperial College London is offering postdoctoral associate position. This position is available for 36 months in the first instance. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2019.

The Minerals, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group (MERG) at Imperial College is internationally recognised as a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence in applied engineering research, attracting funding from UK Research Councils, the European Commission, world leading oil and gas operators and minerals producers, as well as the Government. The Group is carrying out research into innovative field monitoring, modelling and control techniques on coal mine methane and coalbed methane in a number of projects in collaboration with industry and research partners in different European countries.

A Research Assistant position within MERG is available as part of a wider research programme on coal mine and coalbed methane technology involving both surface and subsurface drilled horizontal and vertical well methane drainage/production techniques. The successful candidate will join a large research group of post-doctoral and postgraduate researchers and work closely with research institutions and industry in the UK, Slovenia, Poland, Germany and France. In particular, the post holder will carry out theoretical research on the performance assessment of surface and subsurface methane extraction wells/boreholes of different configurations in different coal basins.

Applicants should hold BSc/BEng and an MSc (or equivalent) degrees in engineering or physical-sciences and meet the PhD admission requirements of Imperial College. Background and good understanding of subsurface rock engineering and/or reservoir engineering fundamentals is essential. Knowledge of the use of relevant software is highly desirable.

The successful applicant will be required to register for a PhD degree at Imperial College.

You will conduct numerical modelling research on coal mine and coalbed gas flow characteristics; You will carry out coal mine stress and gas flow analysis research utilising field monitored data You will carry out horizontal and vertical well gas production performance research under different field and reservoir conditions; When required, you will set up and conduct laboratory experiments on coal mechanical and gas flow properties characterisation; You will present reports on research undertaken at progress meetings with research partners; You will prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals and conferences.

This is a fixed term position for up to 36 months.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Professor Sevket Durucan (s.durucan@imperial.ac.uk), Tel: +44 (0) 20 7594 7354.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Katie Rycraft at k.rycraft@imperial.ac.uk

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/ and search using reference number ENG00665. Applications must include College application form quoting job reference number on the form, together with a CV, full degree transcripts and the names and addresses of two referees.


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