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Research Associate

Imperial College London - Chemical Engineering

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The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to carry out research with Professor Trusler.

This project is a collaboration between Imperial College London and Shell Global Solutions International BV.  This 5-year Imperial-Shell Digital Rocks Programme aims to revolutionise the way reservoirs are characterised and how oil and gas recovery processes are designed.  This is being done using a range of expertise, experience and research focused on rock-fluid imaging techniques linked to modelling at multiple length scales.  The research is organised under three integrated themes: (I) Pore-Scale Imaging and Simulation of Pore-Scale Flow (II) Wettability - Measurements and Modification (III) Molecular Modelling or Rock-Fluid Interactions. Further details of the Digital Rocks Programme can be found at

You will be working under theme III in which the IFT and contact angle of the standardised fluids and minerals will be studied experimentally over relevant ranges of temperature and pressure. This project will make use of existing experimental facilities in the Thermophysics Laboratory (Department of Chemical Engineering); specifically, a high-pressure view cell equipped for pendent/sessile drop IFT measurements and direct observation of static and dynamic contact angles on planar substrates. Combinations of the crude oils and minerals will be studied at temperatures and pressures encompassing (and possibly extending) those studied in themes I and II. The results will be compared with the output of the molecular simulation study, AFM measurements of adhesion forces, and in-situ contact-angle distributions determined by μ-CT. The data will serve to validate the simulation results and provide information on the dependence of interfacial properties on the thermodynamic state and the nature of the fluids and minerals. The study will help to determine the basic information required to characterise the fluids and minerals sufficiently for computer simulations to be used to predict the interfacial quantities needed in the computation of capillary pressure and multi-phase flow.

You should have broad interests in experimental measurements of fluid properties and, ideally, have experience of IFT and/or contact angles measurements. You should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, which will be essential for collaborations in particularly with modelers, disseminating the results via journal publications and attendance at international conferences.

You are expected to hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering or in a science/engineering subject appropriate for conducting the research described above.

The post is available preferably on or close to 1 April 2019 for up to 16 months.  The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Martin Trusler (

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG00735.  Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission. 

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

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Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 24th March 2019

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We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

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Additional Information

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations.

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.  We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

Location: London
Salary: £37,904 to £40,994 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st February 2019
Closes: 24th March 2019
Job Ref: ENG00735
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