Postdoc in Numerical Modelling of Fracture Growth
in a Geological Setting

The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) would like to invite applications for a 3-year postdoc position starting 1July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Natural fractures are important for controlling the flow of fluids in geological formations. Accurately predicting the distribution and geometry of these fractures is therefore important for many subsurface applications. The aim of this post doc project is to develop new algorithms and techniques to simulate the growth of these fractures. This builds on an existing and ongoing project within the centre.

Responsibilities and tasks

The postdoc will be employed at DTU with the task of developing new analytical and numerical geomechanical models. The focus will be on modelling the propagation of fractures across mechanical boundaries and the effect of stress orientation on fracture growth. The position will also involve testing and applying the models in an industry environment.


  • Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in physical science or mathematics with a strong focus on numerical modelling.
  • Strong background in numerical modelling including designing and implementing new modelling techniques. A geophysics or geomechanics background would be an advantage but is not required.
  • Object oriented programming skills.
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills in English.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is three years (from the date of employment) and will be based at DHRTC.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from senior researcher Mikael Lüthje ( or senior researcher Michael Welch (

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

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 9 May 2019 (local time). Apply at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DHRTC was established in 2014 as part of a National strategy in agreement between the Danish state, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and its partners and the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) consisting of Total, Shell, Chevron and Nordsøfonden. DHRTC is a partnership of five universities and research institutions: DTU, Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. DHRTC is established in close collaboration with DUC partners on all levels. Our vision is based on new, innovative collaboration between industry and universities in order to solve significant, cross-disciplinary technical challenges.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

published: 26 April 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.