Postdoc Mechanics of Underground Hydrogen Storage

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 21 Sep 2023

5 Sep 2023
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

21 Sep 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Hydrogen is expected to increase its contribution in the green energy mix, as for its capacity to supply, transport and store at TWh scale. For the TWh storage system to happen successfully, underground storage sites need to be developed. These include both salt caverns and porous reservoirs. From the mechanics perspective, injecting and producing hydrogen causes stress fluctuations which then motivates plastic deformation of the rocks. This process is known to take place in underground gas storage (UGS) systems too. However, the main difference between the underground hydrogen storage (UGS) and UGS is that it is possible that hydrogen reacts within the reservoir environment and alters the mechanical properties of the rocks. This project is precisely about quantification of the impact of hydrogen on the mechanical properties of the rocks. With the sponsorship of the Energi Sumulation Chair, within the Energi Simulation Centre for Geoenergy and the departmental Subsurface Storage Theme, we are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral scholar to study the impact of hydrogen on the mechanical properties of the rocks. The successful candidate is expected to lead experimental research to investigate how the rock samples get affected by the flow of hydrogen. Extensive experience on running experimental rock mechanics lab is a necessary skill, and experience with modeling is a certain plus. The candidate will be employed in the section of Reservoir Engineering.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for the successful candidate are:

  • Related PhD degree;
  • Well experienced with the rock mechanics experimental lab facilities;
  • Well experienced with mechanics of storage, specially nonlinear plastic deformations and knowledge of modeling the mechanical properties of rocks;
  • Excellent ability to communicate in English and preferably in Dutch, both orally and in writing and scientific presentation;
  • Affinity with supervision of students;
  • Good organisational skills and ability to work independently.

Additional Information

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 21 September 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
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Motivation letter explaining your interest and your qualifications for this position, a proposal on how you would approach the described problem and how your skills match the requirements;

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Your PhD degree;
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge);
  • Related journal and/or conference scientific papers;
  • Contact details of two academic referees.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Hadi Hajibeygi, e-mail: .

For information about the application procedure, please contact Ingrid Baidjoe, e-mail: .

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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