Research Associate - Modelling flow and CO2 dissolution during geological carbon storage University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences United Kingdom

Research Associate - Modelling flow and CO2 dissolution during geological carbon storage: Upscaling flow in heterogeneous and fractured strata (Fixed Term)

Modelling flow and CO2 dissolution during geological carbon storage: Upscaling flow in heterogeneous and fractured strata


We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on a NERC funded project on geological carbon storage that focuses on the mechanisms by which CO2 may be trapped if it migrates through the reservoir overburden. The project, involving the Universities of Cambridge, Imperial and Strathclyde, the British Geological Survey and industrial partners Shell and BP, brings together a wide range of geological, geophysical and modelling approaches. The postdoctoral researcher will focus on theoretical and laboratory experiments characterising the flow, mixing, dissolution, and capillary trapping of CO2 and brine in heterogeneous strata and along faults. The researcher will interface directly with geological colleagues within the NERC project to produce geologically informed upscaling for use in assessing the risk of leakage through the overburden. The research will complement work on multiphase flow at the core scale at Imperial, geochemical measurements of dissolution at Cambridge, and fault structure at Strathclyde. Cambridge hosts an active and multidisciplinary group focused on carbon storage with geochemical and multiphase flow work being carried out jointly between the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the BP Institute, funded by this project and other sources.


The successful applicant will have expertise in experimental and/or theoretical studies of fluid flows and either hold a PhD (or equivalent) in physical sciences, engineering, mathematics or similar (or have recently submitted a PhD dissertation in that area). An interest in, and familiarity with, flow in porous rocks and geological formations would be advantageous. The successful candidate will have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals and will have good communication skills in order to present results at international meetings.


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2020 in the first instance.


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Contact Jerome Neufeld, BP Institute, Bullard Laboratories, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0EZ, ( or Mike Bickle, Dept. Earth Sciences, Downing St. Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK, ( for further information.


Please quote reference LB17649 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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