PhD Research Fellow in experimental reservoir physics

University of Bergen


May 26, 2022


PhD Research Fellow in experimental reservoir physics UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

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PhD position in experimental reservoir physics

A PhD position within experimental reservoir physics is available at the Department of Physics and Technology at University of Bergen starting August 1, 2022. The position is for a fixed period of three years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is associated with the National Center for Sustainable Subsurface Utilization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS2030). NCS2030 is a collaboration between the University of Bergen, the University of Stavanger, IFE and NORCE and receives funding from the Norwegian Research Council and industry stakeholders.

The main ambition of NCS2030 is to be the scientific and technology driver to facilitate an energy-efficient, multi-purpose utilization of the subsurface into a “Sustainable Subsurface Value Chain.” The Center aims to fill knowledge gaps and provide solutions for maximizing value creation of subsurface resources to reach the Net Zero Emission (NZE) goals on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Part of the Center's objectives are to develop new improved and enhanced oil recovery (IOR/EOR) solutions for increased and accelerated hydrocarbon production at low environmental footprint. This includes utilizing CO2 for combined EOR and CO2 storage.

The PhD candidate we seek will perform multi-phase fluid flow experiments to investigate CO2 displacement and CO2 storage mechanisms at relevant reservoir conditions. This includes investigating how to improve production from mature reservoirs using CO2 and mobility control foam to save energy and significantly reduce the overall CO2 emissions.

About the project/work tasks:

Global energy strategies must reflect climate and societal challenges. Technologies to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency must be developed. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is a viable technology for substantial emission cuts for many industries. A major part of the CCUS value chain is CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and associated CO2 storage. Combined CO2 EOR and CO2 storage can store the gigaton volumes of CO2 needed to mitigate climate change, while providing much needed energy. However, a major problem during CO2 injection is the low density and viscosity of CO2 and reservoir heterogeneity. These adverse conditions can limit energy production and CO2 storage efficiency. Foam can mitigate unfavorable CO2 properties and the impacts of reservoir heterogeneity to increase energy production and CO2 storage potential.

The objective of this project is to characterize and screen CO2 mobility control technology for CO2 EOR and CO2 storage applications in relevant subsurface reservoirs on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The PhD candidate will work in an interdisciplinary research team and will focus on flow and displacement mechanisms of CO2 and CO2 foam in mature and depleted reservoirs. The tasks of the PhD candidate will mainly be experimental and include:

  • Conducting high pressure/high temperature CO2 coreflood experiments
  • Determining optimal foam formulations for CO2 EOR and CO2 storage applications on the NCS.
  • Upscaling laboratory results to the field scale in collaboration with the project team.
  • Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree, or equivalent, within experimental reservoir physics or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experimental experience with fluid flow in porous media is a requirement.
  • Experience performing and interpreting CO2 corefloods at high pressure and high temperature is a requirement.
  • Experience from foam injection for CO2 mobility control applications in an advantage.
  • Experience from numerical simulation of CO2 injection in subsurface reservoirs is an advantage.
  • Applicants must have the ability to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills. The ability to lead smaller groups of students will be important.
  • Applicants must be proficiency in both written and oral English.
  • Personal and relational qualities will also be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and motivation will also count when evaluating the candidates.

    About the PhD position:

    The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

    About the research training: As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrollment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

    We can offer:
  • A good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 491 200. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include:
  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at

    General information:

    For further details about the position, please contact Research Scientist Zachary Paul Alcorn, e-mail:

    The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation can be applied in the processing of the applications.

    The state labor force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    Life as a PhD candidate at UiB

    Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.

    About UiB

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

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    26th May 2022


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