Research Scientist in Modeling of coupled subsurface processes

Flow and Environmental Technology, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)

The Department of Reservoir Technology focuses on researching and developing new solutions for the green transformation of oil and gas production and the transition to renewable energy resources by utilizing the reservoirs for energy production and storage, CO2, and other waste disposals.

We have a diverse project portfolio being a partner in four major Norwegian National Research centres (SFI SWIPA Centre for Subsurface Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment, SFI earthresQue - SFI earthresQue - Centre for Rescue of Earth Materials and Waste in the Circular Economy, NCS2030 National Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Utilization of the Norwegian Shelf, Hydrogen Research Centre FME HYDROGENi).

We host the EU-funded international project ACT CEMENTEGRITY. The competence of the researchers and technical personnel in the department is varied and encompasses:

  • Laboratory and numerical studies of fluid-rock interaction related to petroleum exploration and production, geothermal energy extraction, CO2 and H2 injection and storage.
  • Chemical characterization of geological formations for a wide spectrum of surface and subsurface applications.
  • Tracing pollution and fingerprinting of contamination in ecological systems, landfills, and industrial sites. We have several laboratories with a wide selection of equipment for chemical analyses and rock characterization. Our laboratory is a part of the European infrastructure for carbon dioxide research ECCSEL.


The area of work will be focused on modeling sustainable subsurface energy systems. It will involve the development of a code for numerical simulation of THMC Thermal-Hydrologic- Mechanical-Chemical processes in porous media. The candidate will also contribute to performing and generating research projects with the team. It is desirable that the candidate has an established professional network and can initiate new contacts and collaborations with industry and scientific partners. The candidate must lead and generate successful research projects, including coordination of project teams, management, and scientific leadership. Experience with European, Norwegian and international research programs, funding schemes, and industrial research projects is required.


We are looking for someone with a Ph.D. in a relevant field, such as mathematics, informatics, physics, or geology. You should have experience with or at least a passionate interest for

  • Development and application of numerical models
  • Software development methods, principles, and practices
  • Programming languages like Modern Fortran, Python, C/C++, Matlab, CUDA
  • Continuum mechanics, multi-phase models, rock mechanics, multi-scale and multi-physics modeling
  • High-Performance Computing

Personal characteristics

In addition to the qualifications, the right candidate should also be passionate about geology and geological processes, able to work independently and within the research team, take the initiative, be highly result and solution-oriented, and be motivated to solve technical challenges around them. The candidate should also have good presentation and communication (oral and written) skills in English, and knowledge of Norwegian will be an advantage.

We offer

  • A stimulating work environment with skillful, experienced, and creative colleagues
  • Interesting and challenging assignments
  • Well-established national and international scientific and industrial networks
  • A large degree of autonomy and flexible working hours
  • Social benefits including pension, life insurance, and accident insurance
  • Competitive salary terms according to agreement
  • 3 years contract with potential for permanent opportunities upon project portfolio expansion

Security clearance:

We place great emphasis on your personal suitability for the position. IFE is subject to the National Security Act, and the candidate must be able to pass a background check and must be able to obtain security clearance and authorization.

Please send your full application as a single PDF file, including:

  • a statement of research interest (1-2 pages);
  • your CV, including the list of publications;
  • a copy of your Ph.D. diploma (or anticipated date of Ph.D. completion); name and contact details of at least two professional referees.

posted: 13 May 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.