Postdoctoral Fellow in modelling the reactive transport processes and mineralisation within geothermal reservoirs during non-condensable gas (NCG) injection

The Geothermal Institute, University of Auckland, is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to specialise in modelling the reactive transport processes and mineralisation within geothermal reservoirs during non-condensable gas (NCG) injection.

We are seeking Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a strong background and interest in modelling fluid-rock interactions within geothermal systems. This exciting research opportunity involves conducting simulation studies, ranging from laboratory-scale experiments to field-scale 3D models, to explore fluid-rock interactions and mineralisation process during the reinjection of NCGs from geothermal facilities (including CO2 and H2S), under reservoir conditions. The successful candidate will collaborate with industry partners and research institutions, engaging in discussions on geothermal chemistry and other aspects related to injecting NCGs into geothermal systems.

The ideal candidate will possess expertise in reactive transport modelling, experimental geochemistry, and fluid-rock interaction with geothermal fluids. The primary objective is to complement and enhance the specialised experimental geochemistry and modelling skills already present within our team. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of geothermal energy and to work collaboratively with a dynamic team of researchers and industry partners.

Key Responsibilities:

We seek an individual with substantial expertise and experience modelling geochemical reactions in high-temperature and high-pressure environments. The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Develop reactive transport modelling procedures for investigating fluid-rock interactions at high temperatures and pressures.
  • Collaborate with other research program members engaged in various experimental work and modelling studies.
  • Contribute to research program reporting and documentation.
  • Prepare and submit research manuscripts for publication in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Our ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • An educational background in Chemistry, Geology, Minerology, Chemical Engineering, Reservoir Engineering, or a related field.
  • A background in high-temperature geochemistry and physical chemistry.
  • Proven experience with reactive transport modelling.
  • Familiarity with geothermal/hydrothermal geochemical processes.
  • Proven experience using TOUGHREACT geothermal reservoir simulator is a must.
  • A track record of publications in a relevant area of research.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially in Python.

This position is for a duration of three years, based at the Geothermal Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The selected candidate should be prepared to commence work within two months of being offered the position.

Our Research Programme is committed to Matauranga Maori, which embraces traditional Maori knowledge, culture, and equity within the academic environment. The University of Auckland is actively dedicated to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, please submit your CV to:

Senior Lecturer, Dr. Eylem Kaya
Department of Engineering Science,
Associate Professor Sadiq J. Zarrouk
Co-Director of the Geothermal Institute
Department of Engineering Science,

posted: 11 March 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.