Fully funded PhD studentship on "Pore-scale 3D Imaging of Hydrogen Storage in Reservoir Rocks"

Closing date: 6 December 2019
Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering,
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Description: Subsurface hydrogen storage can be a viable option to account for fluctuations in the global energy demand from renewable resources. Although a considerable research has been undertaken related to hydrogen storage in salt caverns, little is known about its storage in porous reservoir rocks such as depleted oil and gas fields. This PhD project will focus on understanding the fundamental aspects of cyclic loading of hydrogen in porous rocks at reservoir conditions using both in-house and time-resolved synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography (3D non-destructive imaging). The results will be compared with pore-scale models. The candidate will join a vibrant and interdisciplinary team with expertise in multi-scale imaging and modelling of multiphase flow in porous media.

Funding: The scholarship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of £15,009.00 for 36 months. The scholarship is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.

Eligibility: The applicant for this PhD project should have an outstanding academic record (masters and undergraduate degrees) in engineering or physical sciences including Earth Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics or a similar field.

This project will involve experimental research, therefore the PhD candidate is expected to have a sound knowledge in designing an experimental program. A prior knowledge of X-ray micro-tomographic imaging, 3D data processing and analysis will certainly be useful.

How to apply: To apply for this position, you must submit an online application using this link https://hwacuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Login.aspx (please select PhD programme in Applied Geoscience). You will be required to upload your CV, a brief research statement that outlines your motivation to work on this project and your past research expertise, your degree certificates/transcripts and the contact details of at least two referees. Informal enquiries about this PhD position can be addressed to Dr. Kamaljit Singh (k.singh@hw.ac.uk) or Prof. Sebastian Geiger (s.geiger@hw.ac.uk) or Prof. Andreas Busch (a.busch@hw.ac.uk).

posted: 18 November 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.