PhD scholarship in design and optimization of cementitious binders for plug and abandonment of oil-wells

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The Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the fields of cement chemistry and materials science, starting from August 1, 2021.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The purpose of this project is to explore key parameters that determine the durability and permeability of cement paste used as barrier material in environmental conditions of a typical offshore well, to guide decisions related to the performance of improved cementing materials used for plug and abandonment. The project will combine experimental data (mineralogy, microstructure, permeability) with multiscale modelling (durability, service life) to understand ongoing phase changes and their effect on the long-term properties of plug and abandonment materials.

The successful candidate will join an ambitious international research team with members from the Technical University of Denmark, Aarhus University, and The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Center.

Candidatesmust have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a master's degree in civil engineering, building physics or materials science.

Candidates with a strong background in material and deterioration modelling of cement-based materials that are no strangers to experimental work and have a basic understanding for cement chemistry will be given priority.

Candidates should be highly motivated, eager to seek and share knowledge, able to work independently in a dynamic group environment, and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working. Only applicants who seek to be among the brightest in their field and excel at the highest international level will be considered.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

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 appointment terms
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 3 years.

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Your primary workplace will be at the Department of Civil Engineering, DTU Lyngby campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Professor Alexander Michel ( ) and Associate Professor Wolfgang Kunther ( ). You can read more about DTU Civil Engineering at .

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 30 May 2021 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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

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