The Lyell Centre

Lyell Research Fellow (tenure track) in Applied Geoscience

£40,792 - £48,677

In order to extend the Geoenergy Research Group within the Lyell Centre of Earth and Marine Science and Technology, Heriot-Watt University invites applications for two Lyell Research Fellow (tenure-track) positions to support our growing research activities in the topical areas of:

  1. Geothermal Energy - enhanced geothermal systems, aquifer thermal energy
  2. Carbon/Energy Storage - permanent storage of CO2; intermittent storage of e.g. hydrogen, compressed air, thermal energy
  3. Subsurface Monitoring and Risk Assessment - with application to unconventional reservoirs, carbon/energy storage, geothermal energy, etc.

We are particularly welcoming applications from candidates who either have (i) a strong background in reservoir monitoring using passive geophysical methods or are (ii) experienced in using and developing an advanced understanding of coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes in subsurface reservoirs across multiple scales by integrating laboratory and field data.

The new appointments will help to further develop Heriot-Watt University's international leadership in laboratory, field, and simulation studies related to applied geoscience for low-carbon energy generation. The successful candidates will be expected to develop an independent research agenda as part of the vibrant Geoenergy research group, focussed on understanding, quantifying, and modelling the relevant geoscientific processes of deep reservoirs in the Earth's crust; they will also contribute to post-graduate as well as a practice-oriented teaching in their respective field.

The successful candidates will have a strong academic track record, especially with respect to publications and securing independent funding. Geoscientists with a current private-sector or academic background are equally encouraged to apply. The new Lyell fellows will foster links between fundamental geoscience research and its practical application by government and industrial stakeholders, and is expected to take an active role in pilot/demonstration projects under development in the UK and worldwide.

The appointments will complement existing, and create new synergies with, existing staff at the Lyell Centre, the Institute of Petroleum Engineering and the British Geological Survey. A close cooperation with these institutes is expected, building on their world-class expertise in the fields of applied geoscience, reservoir modelling and characterisation, reservoir simulation, and reservoir monitoring.

It is also expected that you will contribute to teaching and supervision of students.

This position is available for 48 months.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in geosciences, reservoir engineering or related field.

For application details and further information please go to:

Ref: IRC16216
Closing Date: 24th October 2018

posted: 21 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.