Research Associate - Uncertainty analysis for geological carbon storage (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on the quantification of uncertainty and risk in geological CO2 storage sites using a reduced-ordered modelling framework. The geological structure of CO2 storage sites cannot be characterized at the scale of many fluid dynamically relevant reservoir heterogeneities, and are therefore sensitive to uncertainty in the geological formation. This work will focus on using reduced-order simulations to produce probabilistic predictions of plume migration and trapping in complex geological reservoirs.

The project is part of the GeoCquest consortium, and active research collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge, Stanford and Melbourne funded by BHP. Cambridge hosts an active multidisciplinary group focused on carbon storage. Geochemical and multiphase flow work is carried out jointly between the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the BPI Centre for Environmental and Industrial Flows.

The successful applicant will have experience in the fluid dynamical modelling and either hold a PhD (or equivalent) in physical sciences, engineering, mathematics or similar (or have recently submitted a PhD dissertation in that area). The applicant will work with researchers in Cambridge developing the methodology for making risk-based assessments of future storage projects, with potential application to current sequestration sites. An interest in, and familiarity with, flow in porous rocks and geological formations would be advantageous. The successful candidate will have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals and will have good communication skills in order to present results at international meetings.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Further particulars and information at, you can use this link to apply online for this vacancy from the University's Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Contact Jerome Neufeld, Centre for Environmental and Industrial Flows, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0EZ, ( or Mike Bickle, Dept. Earth Sciences, Downing St. Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK, ( for further information.

Please quote reference LB30409 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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The closing date is 8 April 2022.

See also our websites, Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK.

The University holds an institutional
Athena-SWAN silver award and the
department is a bronze award holder.

published: 14 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.