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Research Associate - EU SECURe: Subsurface Evaluation of CCS and Unconventional Risks

Heriot-Watt University - Lyell Centre

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £31,604 to £38,833
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th July 2018
Closes: 19th August 2018
Job Ref: IRC15572

SECURe is funded through the Horizon 2020 program by the European Union with a total duration of 36 months. It will develop monitoring and mitigation strategies for the full lifecycle of storing CO2 in the subsurface or producing unconventional hydrocarbon resources by assessing plausible hazards and monitoring associated with environmental risks. This will be achieved through a program of experimental research and advanced technology development that will be demonstrated at commercial and research facilities to formulate best practice. We will meet stakeholder needs, from the design of monitoring and mitigation strategies relevant to operators and regulators, to developing communication strategies to provide a greater level of understanding of the potential impacts.

The specific tasks at HWU are funded for 32 (20+12) months and will focus on the evaluation of leakage from deep CO2 storage or unconventional hydrocarbon sites. For this purpose, we will perform laboratory studies to provide relevant parameters for CO2 leakage modelling at different scales for several case studies, incorporating analogue data where possible. The intention is to improve our understanding of realistic leakage rates for several representative scenarios, directly linking to containment monitoring technologies that are capable of detecting such caprock integrity issues.

This post is available for 20 months.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Earth sciences, including but not limited to, in petrophysics, geophysics, rock physics or related topic.

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