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Research Associate in Digital Rock Physics

Imperial College London - Department of Earth Science & Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £37,904 to £45,547 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 10th September 2018
Job Ref: ENG00444

Location: South Kensington 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join a multidisciplinary project whose aim is to revolutionise the way oil and gas recovery processes are designed by using a range of rock-fluid imaging techniques linked to modelling at multiple length scales – so-called digital rock analysis.  The emphasis of the research is on imaging from the pore-scale to the Darcy scale and modelling to design and predict the multi-phase flow behaviour in porous rocks.  This will aid the selection and design of oil recovery techniques, from exploration to tertiary, while providing benchmarked predictions for input into field-scale models.  The project will be hosted in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London as part of the Digital Rocks Lab.  The Digital Rocks Lab is a 5 year programme started in May 2016, funded by Shell.  There are 11 academic staff involving 4 Departments. 

Key Responsibilities

The project is ideally suited for an individual with a strong interest in applications of pore-scale modelling in an industrial context. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to work within a large multi-disciplinary research group developing and applying advanced modelling techniques. You will be expected to regularly publish papers in international refereed journals, and present your research at relevant international conferences.

Your research will contribute to Imperial College’s ongoing commitment to deliver advanced modelling capabilities for hydrocarbon reservoirs. The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop their research career over a longer timescale within this framework and to liaise closely with the oil and gas industry.

Essential Criteria 

You should have or be working towards a PhD (or equivalent) in an engineering, applied mathematics or physical science discipline.

This is a Fixed Term contract for 12 months.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

For further information regarding this position please contact Professor Martin Blunt ( 

For technical issues when applying online please email 

To apply, visit and search by the job reference ENG00444. 

Closing date: 10th September 2018 

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The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. 

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