Postdoctoral Research Associate – CO2 Storage Modelling

Heriot-Watt University - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) team for a period of 12 months. The position will be based in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University.

The successful appointee will be involved in the development of compositional reservoir simulation models and performing sensitivity analysis calculations to predict the CO2 storage capacity and security for a North Sea CO2 storage project, Acorn. The Acorn CCS project is a minimum viable full chain industrial CCS project using existing CO2 sources and pipeline infrastructure close to a well-characterised geological province. It will mobilise CCS in the UK at minimal capital cost and initiate a build out programme from which to decarbonise a region and transfer learnings widely.

The primary focus of the appointee will be to assist with the building and to perform reservoir engineering calculations to provide input for Storage Development Plan and Budget for two storage sites. The reservoir simulation model to be used is ECLIPSE. The postdoctoral appointee will also be expected to contribute to the wider CCS activity, publish papers and attend technical workshops and conferences as appropriate. The appointee may be involved in providing support to PhD and MSc students within the group.

The key duties and responsibilities attached to this role include the following:

  • Develop research objectives within the scope of the project with the assistance of the line manager and mentor.
  • Disseminate results of research through appropriate channels.
  • Produce research reports and publications and play a role in the development of research proposals.
  • Contribute to technical workshops and conferences, as appropriate.
  • Manage own research and administrative activities, with guidance if required.
  • Build appropriate networks within and outside the institution.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to present the results of their research projects both at conferences and verbally and in the form of written reports to the rest of the Acorn team.

This post is available for 12 months.

Applicants must have a PhD in Petroleum Engineering

For application details and further information please go to: www.hw.ac.uk/apply-jobs

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