Research Associate in Modelling Flow and CO2 Dissolution During Geological Carbon Storage

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom


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 geological carbon storage with a focus on the mechanisms by which CO2 may be trapped if and when it migrates through the reservoir overburden. The project brings together a wide range of geological, geophysical and modelling approaches with international academic and industrial collaborators. 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 to produce geologically informed upscaled flow laws for use in assessing the risk of leakage through the overburden. 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 a NERC highlights project, the GeoCquest consortium funded by BHP and the UKCCSRC.

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 for 2 years in the first instance.

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