PhD Research Fellow in experimental reservoir physics
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Jobbnorge.no.
For further details about the position, please contact Research Scientist
Zachary Paul Alcorn, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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