The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approximately 1.280 employees (including visiting scientists), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the "System Earth" and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization.
For the recently established Helmholtz Young Investigator Group "Advanced reservoir engineering concepts for a controlled utilization of deep geothermal energy in urban areas (ARES)” in Section 4.8 "Geoenergy" we invite applications for a
The research group develops concepts and workflows for enhancing the hydraulic performance of deep geothermal reservoirs while minimizing environmental impacts such as induced seismicity. Research methods include experiments at laboratory, mine and field scale as well as numerical modelling studies. We pursue our research in tight interdisciplinary collaboration across scales and across disciplines together with national and international partners.
The PhD student (m/f/x) will be responsible for performing numerical proof-of-concept studies of advanced reservoir engineering concepts. This involves quantification of the hydraulic, mechanical and seismic response of specific geological settings to different fluid injection schemes and operational constraints. Emphasis will be given to differentiate between the effects of individual engineering parameters and geological boundary conditions and to upscale the results from laboratory scale to field scale. The results will improve the understanding of proposed geothermal reservoir engineering concepts and influence the design of laboratory, mine and field scale experiments.
|Starting date:||1st July 2020|
|Fixed term:||3 years|
|Working hours:||part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)|
|Salary:||This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.|