RESEARCH FELLOW IN MULTIPHASE FLOW MODELLING IN HETEROGENEOUS POROUS MEDIA
Job no: 0048408
Work type: Fixed Term
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Salary: $107,547 - $127,707 (Level B)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading
universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-
intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) is strongly
committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving
the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to
strengthen FEIT's reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.
School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI)
recognises that engineered systems of present and future significance
increasingly have connections to all three.
We are the oldest engineering school in Australia – initially founded in 1861
– and have evolved into a vibrant community of internationally recognised
researchers passionate about addressing major challenges of today and into the
About the role:
This project is focussed on the optimization of injection strategies to
increase pore scale utilization and accelerate trapping in CO2 storage sites
in heterogeneous aquifers.
To perform the necessary computer simulations, you will implement new of
constitutive relationships in the compositional simulator ACGSS (Australian
CO2 Geo-Sequestration Simulator) that is written in the programming language
C++ and based on the CSMP++ software library
(https: // infrastructure.eng.unimelb.edu.au/matthai/tools/).
These constitutive relationships will be applied to ACGSS' hybrid finite
element – finite volume framework. Therefore, familiarity with these numeric
methods and related workflows is required. Specific tasks necessary for
completing this implementation will include:
1) the integration of cross-coupling terms accounting for the viscous drag
that CO2 and water phases exert on each other;
2) development and implementation of a peudo kinetic model for CO2
3) a reduced-order model upscaling gravity effects needed for the simulation
of plume spreading in surface representations of highly permeable sand sheets
that will be embedded into the three-dimensional finite-element meshes of
Apart from these technical developments, you will be responsible for
conducting the computer simulations analysing the performance of prospective
sites during large-scale CO2 geo-storage using the universities High-
Performance Computing (HPC) facilities.
Conducting this research you will liase pro-actively and continuously with the
project partners in Stanford and Cambridge, working toward the timely
completion of GeoCquest's project milestones as outlined in the university's
contract with BHP and the project management plan. You are also expected to
prepare and publish research outcomes in conferences proceedings and journals.
You will be located in the Infrastructure Engineering Department in the
Faculty of Engineering and IT and will be expected to be an active member of
the Department, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small
amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of
research, as required.
Naturally you will be capable of demonstrating your prior record of
achievement in the following:
A PhD in applied mathematics, engineering, or closely related discipline;
Strong C++ programming skills paired with the ability to run the developed
software on HPC computing facilities;
Detailed knowledge of FEM and FVM numerical methods as applied in the
compositional simulation of CO2-brine systems;
Understanding of the physics of multiphase flow in porous media;
A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading
journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity;
Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and
Excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining
accurate research records;
Capability for innovative research, as evidenced by scholarly publication;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by
presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and
through manuscript submissions;
Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact with
internal and external stakeholders (academic, administrative and support
staff) in a courteous and effective manner.
Additionally, it would be desirable (but not necessary) if you if you also
had experience in relation to any of the following:
Experience in the simulation of multiphase flow in porous media and CO2
Experience with CSMP++ and ACGSS;
Knowledge of the unix/linux operating system and HPC / parallel processing
on computing clusters;
Experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and
ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within
Experience in supervision of students and/or research assistants;
Ability to structure, engage and present information clearly to various
You will be supported to pursue achievement in all four pillars of an academic
Teaching and Learning
Service and Leadership
What we offer you
We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit
programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous
leave, childcare subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We
offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and
we'll support you in doing what you love.
We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of
all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.
If you're curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding
role we're ready to meet you.
How to Apply
Apply online, complete the application and upload your Cover Letter -
addressing all selection criteria; and your Resume.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be currently located within Australia and able to
commence immediately or as soon as your notice period has been served.
You will be an Australian Citizen; Permanent Resident or holder of an
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Advertised: 11 Jun 2021 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 20 Jun 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time