Department of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Associate in Numerical Methods for Multi-Scale Modelling of Multi-Phase Flow through Porous Media

Salary: 36,800 - 44,220 p.a.
Maximum salary on appointment will be 37,760 p.a.
Fixed term appointment for 21 months
Campus: South Kensington

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Novel Reservoir Modelling and Simulation (NORMS) Group in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The NORMS group develops and applies new methods to accurately model complex subsurface reservoirs and new methods to simulate multiphase flow and transport processes in these models. Applications of the research are numerous and include prediction of CO2 sequestration, hydrocarbon recovery, groundwater flow, and contaminant transport. The particular focus of this post will be on the use of novel numerical methods, including dynamic adaptive meshing, to model the evolution of viscous fingers formed when a less viscous fluid displaces a more viscous fluid.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to work within a large multi-disciplinary research group developing and applying advanced modelling techniques. The post is part of a substantial research program to develop novel computational methods for modelling and simulation of multi-scale, multi-phase flows in porous media. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the multidisciplinary team members already in place. This will be primarily within Imperial College London, but will also include significant contact with UK and overseas academic and industrial partners. S/He is also expected to regularly publish papers in international refereed journals, and give presentations at relevant international conferences.

Applicants should possess a PhD, or equivalent, in a numerate subject area such as Computing, Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering. They should have experience in the development and coding of numerical methods for the solution of systems of PDEs, ideally on unstructured grids and for fluid dynamics applications. Experience of code optimisation, meshing complex structures, modelling multi-phase flow in porous media, and high performance computing would be advantageous.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Matthew D. Jackson (+44 (20) 75946538) or Professor Christopher C. Pain (+44 (20) 75949322).

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at the following link: (select "Job Search" and enter the job reference no EN20170360FH). Please complete and upload an application form and submit any other relevant supporting documents such as your full CV.

Closing date: 30 October 2017 (Midnight GMT)

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