Postdoctoral Researcher in the Effect of Salt Precipitation on CO2 Storage – DTU Chemical Engineering

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Postdoctoral Researcher in the Effect of Salt Precipitation on CO2 Storage – DTU Chemical Engineering
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Job Description

A 2-year postdoctoral position in the effect of salinity and salt precipitation on carbon dioxide storage is open for applications. You must be prepared to perform experimental and modeling studies in underground flows of liquids and gases, microfluidics, stochastic micromodelling of flows in porous media. The success of the study will depend on your initiative, experience, and advanced research skills.
The project will be carried out in CERE – Center of Energy resources Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU. The close collaboration with GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland) is planned. The principal supervisor will be Associate Professor Alexander Shapiro (CERE, KT, DTU). 
Responsibilities and qualifications
The main effect of salt precipitation under carbon dioxide storage is the reduction of injectivity of a well through which it is injected in the aquifer. This happens due to the reduction of the space available for the flow. In the current project, we suggest a program making it possible to quantify the effect of salt precipitation on permeability damage. The work comprises two studies: 1) Experimental and 2) Modelling.
It is planned to perform microfluidics experiments in the experimental study, observing salt precipitation under CO2 drying in capillaries and glass micromodels at atmospheric and reservoir conditions. The places where the salt is accumulated will be detected. As a “side effect” of the experiments, we will try determining the precipitation dynamics.
In modelling study, a model of permeability damage in a porous medium represented by a regular capillary network will be created. It will result in the evaluation of the permeability damage by the precipitated salt. The results may be used directly in the core-scale and large-scale carbon dioxide injection simulation studies in the linked projects.
As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). Your background education and experience may include building the glass micromodels, stochastic mathematical modeling, study of multicomponent flows in porous media, or similar. You should be highly motivated, able to work independently, and should be confident in written and spoken English. 
We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 
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 period of employment is 2 years, starting from May 2024, or earliest possible. 
The assessment of the applicants will be made by the supervisors of the project, on the basis of the special examinations, including tests and interviews.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here .
Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Alexander Shapiro ([email protected] ).
You can read more about the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU Chemical Engineering , and about the involved Centers at Center for Energy Resources Engineering (dtu.dk) , DTU Offshore .
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .
Application procedure 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 4 March 2024 (23:59 Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", 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
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 
  • A short (no more than 2 pages) description of, how you would address the proposed project

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.
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is one of the Leading departments in Europe in the corresponding areas. The project is run in a wide collaboration with other Departments of DTU, as well as research organizations and companies.
CERE is an interdisciplinary center at the DTU, comprising the researchers from Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, and Applied Mathematics departments. It is one of the European leaders in applied and computational thermodynamics and transport properties, with their applications in chemical, biochemical, and petroleum engineering.
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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3193
  • Job Category VIP B
  • Posting Date 02/16/2024, 03:31 AM
  • Apply Before 03/04/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Søltofts Plads , Kgs Lyngby, 2800, DK

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