Postdoctoral Research Associate - Experimental & Numerical Investigation of Pore-Scale Flow and Transport Processes in 3D Printed Porous Media

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

Closing date: 11 Dec 2017 23:00 (UK time)

Category: Research

Duration: 36 months fixed-term

Applications are invited for a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Professor Sebastian Geiger, Energi Simulation Chair for Carbonate Reservoir Simulation, Professor Eric Mackay, Energi Simulation Chair in Reactive Flow Modelling, Dr Florian Doster, Associate Professor in Multi-Physics and Multi-Scale Modelling, and Mr Mike Singleton, Director of the FASTrac Consultancy. The position will be based within the Carbonate Reservoir Group at IPE ( but collaborate very closely and extensively with the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) ( at IPE. Both groups are world renowned for their innovative and interdisciplinary research in reservoir modelling, reservoir simulation, and laboratory experimentation, maintain close links to the international energy industry and have long-standing, successful collaborations with leading academic institutions in the UK and overseas.

The successful appointee will be involved in a cutting-edge research project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) that aims to apply 3D printing technologies to create 2D and 3D microfluidic chips representing natural porous media that can be deployed in repeatable and well-controlled porous media flow experiments (single- and multi-phase flow). The analysis of the experiments will be leveraged by state-of-the-art numerical simulations. To date, there are no reported attempts to link experiments using 3D printed microfluidic chips representing natural porous media with direct numerical simulations, let alone using data obtained from flow experiments on 3D printed samples as input for developing an international benchmarking standard for pore-scale numerical simulations and 3D printing of microfluidic chips and porous media (in both, 2D and 3D).

The successful appointee will have a PhD in petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, hydrogeology, (geo-) physics, geology or a related field.

The post is available for 3 year.

Please contact Professor Sebastian Geiger on for informal enquiries about the post.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

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