Postdoc in CO2 storage simulation with focus on salt-precipitation

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Centre for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE) at DTU Chemistry seeks a postdoc in connection with the ongoing research projects related to geological CO2 storage (in particular, the Greensand phase II project funded by EUDP Project Greensand ! CO2 Lagring). CERE is a cross-departmental centre (, and the CERE group at DTU Chemistry is focused on high-pressure phase behaviour and other critical issues related to oil and gas production, petroleum processing, and carbon dioxide sequestration. The research activities at CERE, DTU Chemistry mainly involve experimental measurement and modelling of phase equilibrium and thermophysical properties at high pressure and development of efficient phase equilibrium calculation algorithms for compositional simulations.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The major responsibility of the postdoc is to carry out simulation-based study on salt-precipitation during CO2 storage in a depleted oil reservoir. The postdoc is supposed to interact with other colleagues within the project working on experimental measurement related to salt precipitation. The postdoc needs to integrate the information from different sources and build adequate models for simulating both lab-scale and near-wellbore salt clogging processes. The objective is to establish a reliable simulation model based on the lab-scale core flooding and other experimental results, and apply the model to near-wellbore prediction to evaluate the risk of salt clogging, thus providing the basis for optimizing the CO2 injection strategy. It is expected that the candidate is familiar with compositional reservoir simulation tools, such as CMG GEM and Eclipse, or CO2 storage simulation tools, such as TOUGH2 and TOUGHREACT, and has sufficient knowledge about reservoir engineering.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in chemical engineering, chemistry, petroleum engineering, or mathematics.

Previous experience with compositional reservoir simulation and expertise in thermodynamics and PVT modeling will be an advantage.

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Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The postdoc position is for a period of 1 year and 6 months starting as soon as possible (or according to mutual agreement).

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Wei Yan, tel.: +45 4525 2379, email:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 June 2022 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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