Post-doctoral research position in Rock Physics
and Petrology


The department of Exploration Geophysics at Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia) is looking for a creative research fellow at the post-doctoral level, in relation to an industry-funded project on "Diagenesis alteration, seismic signature and quantitative microstructure evolution analysis of carbonates during CO2-EOR". The general goal of this project is to provide new laboratory data and technologies to improve interpretation of 4D seismic data in chemically reactive geological systems, with the aim of increasing efficiency of oil recovery in carbonates. This project is related to a bigger initiative on the role of CO2 in diagenesis alteration of sedimentary rocks.

Description of the position

The project is centred on core flood experiments at reservoir conditions coupled with quantification of diagenesis alteration, changes in microstructure and changes in the geophysical signatures. We are seeking a rock physics/rock mechanics scientist with expertise in classical laboratory techniques. Knowledge in mineralogy and microstructure analysis (SEM, SEM-EDS, optical microscopy, XRD, focused-beam microprobes, etc.) is welcome but not mandatory. Good understanding of theoretical rock physics will also be appreciated.

This position includes travel to the South of France for a few weeks of collaborative research work.

Duration: 18 to 24 months (fixed term)

Access to state-of-the art experimental equipment and computational facilities will be given across various institutions at Curtin University, CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and nearby universities such as UWA. Perth is one of the world's most liveable cities directly near the Indian Ocean.

Qualifications required

  • A PhD in rock physics, rock mechanics or any other areas in geosciences if the candidate demonstrates he/she has suitable skills;
  • Less than 3 years of research experience after PhD;
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral);
  • Willingness to work in a multi-disciplinary team and at the intersection of academia and industry.

For further inquiries and to apply, please send a CV, a letter explaining your background, skills and research interests, a list of your publications and the name of 3 referees to Dr. Stephanie Vialle (Stephanie.vialle@curtin.edu.au). Review of applications will begin on 9th October 2017 but this advertisement will be valid until the position is filled.

posted: 20 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.