Research Associate in Molecular Dynamics of Gas Flows in Porous Media

The University of Edinburgh - School of Engineering

College of Science and Engineering

The University of Edinburgh is seeking a postdoctoral Research Associate for 3 years (36 months) to investigate the behaviour of methane gas inside porous rock media using molecular dynamics simulations. This is part of a joint research project between the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on the dynamics of gas flows in underground reservoirs.

This position is to work with Prof Jason Reese, Dr Matthew Borg, and their research team in the School of Engineering. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School’s joint submission with Heriot-Watt University was first in the UK for “research power”, with 94% of our research activity achieving world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) ratings. The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 25 universities.

The principal objectives are:

  • to use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the interactions of natural gas with the inner surfaces of geological gas reservoirs down to the nanoscale;
  • to use these molecular results to develop boundary conditions for a hybrid multiscale technique (in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde) for simulating the flow of gas in real porous rock samples. This will be applied directly in shale-gas reservoir simulations relevant to the oil/gas industry.

The start date is March 2018 (or another date, by arrangement), and is full time and fixed term for 36 months. As this is a joint project with KFUPM, there will be some visits to Saudi Arabia for knowledge exchange and research interactions.

You should have a PhD, or a relevant primary degree plus significant research experience, in mechanical or chemical engineering, or physics, or applied mathematics, or computational science. Preference will be given to those with expertise in: molecular dynamics using either LAMMPS or OpenFOAM; the simulation of gas/surface interfacial phenomena.

Closing Date: Friday 19th January 2018 at 5pm (GMT)

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The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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