Postdoctoral research positions in numerical modelling of EOR/IOR processes at Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU. The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for positions on investigations of mechanisms and models in the context of advanced water flooding.

Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU is established by the Danish Underground Consortium and DTU. As part of a national strategy on oil and gas, the research centre is an ambitious, targeted effort to improve recovery of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea. The first of the cross-disciplinary flagship programmes of the centre is advanced water flooding of the Dan, Halfdan, and Kraka oil fields.

Key Responsibilities and tasks

  • The positions will be an integrated part of the advanced water flooding programme with the focus on improving oil recovery in chalk reservoirs in the Danish part of the North Sea. In this context, the candidates are expected to perform innovative, fundamental and applied research on understanding of fracture-matrix interactions and recovery from chalk reservoirs, and upscaling of multiphase flow on scales ranging from the core- to field-scale.
  • For field-scale models, employing reliable macroscopic laws capturing the integral effects of fractures on multiphase flow and reducing the computational complexity of modelling of coupled processes are necessary.
  • To this end, reliable modeling techniques need to be developed and verified to integrate the key THMC processes, and geo-models in the reservoir simulators.
  • The candidates should assist to set-up and develop various numerical tools tailored for modelling of the relevant EOR/IOR methods. It will contribute to shaping a computational modelling lab at the centre.
  • Co-supervising of Ph.D./MSc students working with reservoir simulation and collaboration with other researchers and students working with advanced water flooding experiments are required.
  • The team will participate in a growing cross-disciplinary research program, involving several researchers at DTU and other Danish universities, research institutes, and industry.

The team will have access to unique field and laboratory data sets to test concepts and methods developed at the centre.

Application potential

The line-of-sight application potential of this project is to assist the screening processes of potential water based recovery methods in the Kraka, Dan, and Halfdan oil fields.


  • Ph.D. degree in petroleum, hydrogeology or chemical engineering, applied mathematics or other relevant areas;
  • Excellent skills in numerical modelling and programming;
  • Exceptional skills in mathematics, physics and chemistry;
  • Interest in independent research;
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Good writing and communication skills in English;

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The salary and appointment terms of the Postdoc position is based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employement is 2 years with the possibility for a 2-year extension (total 4 years).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Erling H. Stenby, tel.: +45 4525 2012, and Dr. Hamid Nick, tel.: +45 4525 7236 ,

You can read about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here:

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 29 Feburary 2016. Applications must be submitted as one pdf filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • Application letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement and names and addresses of three references
  • Authorized copies of BSc, MSc, and PhD diplomas, and transcript of grades (an official translation into English) with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here).
  • List of publications

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