Research Associate - EU SECURe: Subsurface Evaluation of CCS and Unconventional Risks
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About our Team
You will join the SECURe project which is a European Union funded H2020 project (“SECURe - Subsurface Evaluation of CCS and Unconventional Risks”) with 16 partners from academia and industry and coordinated by the British Geological Survey. This position is based at the Lyell Centre with strong links to the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.
The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) is one of the UK’s leading institutions for multidisciplinary research and teaching in areas critical to economic development and societal equity. We aim to attain excellence in the teaching of the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges. Further information can be obtained at: https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/index.htm.
The Lyell Centre
Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have joined forces to create a new research centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology. Based at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus, the Lyell Centre will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences. Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders; Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt, The Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine and terrestrial ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering.
SECURe is funded through the Horizon 2020 program by the European Union with a total duration of 36 months. It will develop monitoring and mitigation strategies for the full lifecycle of storing CO2 in the subsurface or producing unconventional hydrocarbon resources by assessing plausible hazards and monitoring associated with environmental risks. This will be achieved through a program of experimental research and advanced technology development that will be demonstrated at commercial and research facilities to formulate best practice. We will meet stakeholder needs, from the design of monitoring and mitigation strategies relevant to operators and regulators, to developing communication strategies to provide a greater level of understanding of the potential impacts.
The specific tasks at HWU are funded for 32 (20+12) months and will focus on the evaluation of leakage from deep CO2 storage or unconventional hydrocarbon sites. For this purpose, we will perform laboratory studies to provide relevant parameters for CO2 leakage modelling at different scales for several case studies, incorporating analogue data where possible. The intention is to improve our understanding of realistic leakage rates for several representative scenarios, directly linking to containment monitoring technologies that are capable of detecting such caprock integrity issues.
Tasks also link to numerical fracture flow modelling. This is why we advertise a 20+12 months position, where the candidate can demonstrate suitability for the modelling tasks planned for 12 months following the laboratory/field part of the project.
Key duties and responsibilities
Key duties and responsibilities of the role holder include, but are not limited to
How To Apply
Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Sunday 19th August 2018
We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.
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