Reykjavik Energy is a public utility company providing; electricity, geothermal water for heating, cold water for consumption and firefighting, sewage services and fibre-optic data connections. Reykjavik Energy, in collaboration with several partners, funded the Carbfix Project in 2007 (www.carbfix.com). The project aims at developing safe, simple and economical methods and technology for permanent CO2 mineral storage in basalts. The project is now moving the CarbFix technology from the demonstration phase to a general and economically viable complete CCS chain that can be used throughout the world. The company recently received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No. 764810 and 764760 for two projects to continue the development of these technologies: Science for Clean Energy (S4CE) and CarbFix2.

To achieve the goals of the funded projects we invite applications from highly self-motivated individuals for two positions within the Department of Research and Development, which is responsible for managing natural resources, innovation and technical development.

Research Scientists

The aim of the research is to quantify and understand processes related to re-injection of geothermal fluids and gases into the geothermal reservoir of the Hellisheidi co-generation power plant in SW Iceland. To this end, process flow data, a seismic dataset, fluid chemistry, tracer data and well log data as well as modelling studies are to be employed. The successful candidates will work as part of a team of several researchers from Reykjavik Energy and other institutions and companies involved in the S4CE and CarbFix2 projects.

Research Scientist 1
  • Data processing of seismic data used to monitor induced seismicity related to injections to:
    • trace injected fluid flow
    • analyze operational functions that are likely to trigger seismic events
    • revise operational procedures and traffic light system in use to minimize risk of induced seismicity
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and calibration of the Hengill geothermal reservoir model
Qualifications:
  • A M.Sc. or a PhD degree in geophysics or a related discipline is required
  • Experience in seismic data processing
  • Geothermal and/or the oil & gas industry experience
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex findings in a structured and clear manner to technical and non-technical audiences
Research Scientist 2
  • Development and application of field scale reactive transport models to simulate the fate of injected geothermal fluids and gases in the subsurface including:
    • Revision and incorporation of a thermodynamic dataset describing gas/water/rock reactions
    • Calibration of hydrological parameters (porosity and permeability) to field data (injection and production rates, tracer data)
    • Recommendations on optimal long-term injection strategies to maximize life time of reservoir and infrastructure and thereby lowering cost
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and calibration of the Hengill geothermal reservoir model
Qualifications:
  • A M.Sc. or a Ph.D. degree in hydrology, geosciences, geochemistry, chemical engineering or a related discipline is required
  • Experience in conceptual and numerical modeling of hydrological and/or geochemical processes in subsurface systems with a good understanding of thermo-kinetic approaches and coupled thermo-hydro-chemical (THC) processes
  • Geothermal and/or the oil & gas industry experience
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex findings in a structured and clear manner to technical and non-technical audiences
Initial appointment for both positions is for 24 months, and may be renewed contingent upon satisfactory performance and fund availability. The workplace is Reykjavik Energy headquarters located in Reykjavik, Iceland. Positions are available as of January 2018. To ensure full consideration, please send a letter of application and a full resume to carbfixjobs@or.is by November 30, 2017. Applicants should clearly state whether they are applying for positions 1 or 2. Questions and inquiries should also be sent to carbfixjobs@or.is.

posted: 10 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.