Research Associate Experimental Assessment of Geological Electricity Storage: Testing the GeoBattery concept

Salary: £45,593 - £53,630 per annum
Location: South Kensington, London

Job Summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Novel Reservoir Monitoring, Modelling and Simulation (NORMS) Laboratory in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to work within a large multi-disciplinary research group, developing and applying advanced experimental techniques to problems of broad interest and significance in Earth Science. The post is sponsored by TotalEnergies and the successful applicant will work closely with researchers based at the TotalEnergies laboratories. There is a high probability that the project will be extended, subject to successful completion of the planned research.

Duties and responsibilities

You will use experimental methods to deliver the first 'proof of concept' of a novel approach to very large-scale storage of electrical energy in natural underground geological reservoirs. Efficient, cost-effective technology for large-scale electricity storage is essential to manage the intermittency of renewable supply. Underground storage in geological reservoirs offers use of natural materials in-situ at very large-scale. The project will test the concept of a 'geobattery' comprising two porous sandstone reservoirs that are naturally separated by a shale or mudstone layer that acts as a semi-permeable membrane. You will use and extend existing experimental methods and apparatus developed in the NORMS Laboratory that provides a close analogue for the geobattery concept.

Essential requirements

To be eligible for this position you must meet the following criteria:

  • You should possess a PhD, or equivalent, in a subject area such as Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Geoscience.
  • You should have experience of experimental procedures involving electrical charge storage and transport through porous materials.
  • You should have a theoretical understanding of aqueous geochemistry relevant to charge transport through porous materials.
  • Experience of experiments using natural materials such as rocks and brines would be advantageous.

Further Information

This is a fixed term post for 12 months in the first instance.

Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Matthew D. Jackson (+44 20775946538 /

Closing date: 29th February 2024

To apply, visit and search by the job reference ENG02945.

posted: 25 January 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.