Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Pore-scale Modelling of CO2 Multi-Phase Flow and Reactive Transport in Subsurface

Imperial College London - Earth Science and Engineering

Campus: South Kensington

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join a lively multidisciplinary research group investigating pore-scale mechanisms during multiphase flow and reactive transport in the subsurface. This project is sponsored by NERC and aimed at better understanding of physical processes occurring as a result of CO2 storage in North Sea aquifers.

Over the last 17 years the Imperial College Pore-Scale Modelling Consortium has developed a suite of software to predict two- and three-phase flow and transport properties for geologically realistic pore space.  We now have tools for direct numerical simulation on three-dimensional micro-CT images of rock samples, and for pore network simulation on the equivalent networks extracted. These are capable of predicting two- and three-phase relative permeability, NMR response, electrical properties, dispersion coefficients and non-Newtonian flow behaviour. Moreover, we have recently acquired a new imaging lab with the state-of-the-art micro-CT and medical-CT scanners that have been used for imaging and studying multi-phase flow and reactive transport in subsurface rock.

This research project aims to develop a novel approach for efficient simulation of multiphase flow and reaction during CO2 storage. It will involve pore-scale modelling the dissolution, mixing, and spreading of CO2 in unsaturated brine, with the aim of quantifying the impact of pore-space heterogeneity. Analysis of the impact of pore-scale dissolution rates on larger-scale transport processes will be performed. Active participation in project meetings and interactions with researchers at Imperial College, University of Cambridge, University of Strathclyde and British Geological Survey is expected from the successful applicant.

We would like to receive applications from candidates with knowledge and understanding of pore-scale multiphase flow and/or reactive transport simulations directly on the pore space and on the pore networks. Skills in writing numerical codes in C++ and Fortran are essential, while basic skills in image analysis will be desirable. 

The research project will be undertaken within the Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering Research Section of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in science or engineering. You will join a dynamic, close-knit, interdisciplinary research team and you will contribute to the Department of Earth Science and Engineering’s commitment to develop novel, integrated methods for multi-phase flow simulation and transport in natural rock. The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop their research career over a longer timescale within this framework.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Dr. Branko Bijeljic at b.bijeljic@imperial.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 20 7594 6420.  Further information about the department can be found at www.imperial.ac.uk/ese

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to: Katie Rycraft – K.rycraft@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: erecruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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