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Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Lyngby-Taarbæk, 1 stilling

The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for positions on investigations of oil recovery mechanisms in the context of advanced water flooding. Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU is established by the Danish Underground Consortium and DTU. As part of a national strategy on oil and gas, the research centre is an ambitious, targeted effort to improve recovery of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea. The first of the cross-disciplinary flagship programmes of the centre is advanced water flooding of the Dan, Halfdan, and Kraka oil fields.

Responsibilities and tasks
The positions will be an integrated part of the advanced water flooding programme with the focus on improving oil recovery in chalk reservoirs in the Danish part of the North Sea. In this context, the team is expected to perform innovative, fundamental, and applied research on:
•Setting up an analytical laboratory for reservoir brine and petroleum fluid characterization
•Studies of rock-fluid interactions to understand the effect of different petroleum fluids and brines on wettability
•Selection of injection fluids for core flooding experiments on chalk samples from the relevant reservoirs
•Thermodynamic modelling of multicomponent ionic systems in relation to oil recovery

Water based enhanced oil recovery (EOR) employs different techniques to optimize the flow of oil and to minimize the residual oil left behind by the water flooding of oil reservoirs. A thorough analysis and characterization of the reservoir fluids is required for optimizing these techniques. A molecular characterization of the reservoir fluids provides the link between well-established models for mixtures of simple molecules and improved models for reservoir fluids that consist of many complex components and ill-defined fractions. The characterization will be based on modern analytical methods including NMR, FTIR, HPLC, GC-MS to identify individual molecular components in reservoir fluids which consist of many hundreds of distinct compounds.

Advanced molecular analysis will also provide information on polarity and functionality of fluid constituents which is not provided by standard oil characterization methods. This data will support mathematical characterization methods such as modelling of PVT properties and various lumping/delumping methods. In addition, the project will provide valuable input for rock surface chemistry studies, corrosion studies, core flooding experiments, and reservoir simulation. The team will be responsible for setting up the laboratory and assisting with the installation of instrumentation for analysis of oil samples from the Danish North Sea. Close collaboration with colleagues across the centre’s scientific themes as well as external partner institutions is an integral part of the work at the centre.

Application potential
The line-of-sight application potential of this project is to assist the screening processes of potential water based recovery methods in the Kraka, Dan, and Halfdan oil fields.


•PhD students: M.Sc. degree in analytical or physical chemistry, chemical engineering or similar;
•Postdocs: PhD degree in analytical or physical chemistry, chemical engineering or similar;
•Exceptional skills in experimental chemistry;
•Interest in applied research;
•Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
•Good writing and communication skills in English

For the PhD position
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
An interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The salary and appointment terms of the PhD position are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The salary and appointment terms of the Postdoc position is based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employement is 2 years with the possibility for a 2-year extension (total 4 years).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Erling H. Stenby, tel.: +45 4525 2012, and Senior Researcher Karen Feilberg, tel.: +45 9351 1420 ,

You can read about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here: <a href='javascript:openLinkWindow("")' "="" data-cke-saved-href='javascript:openLinkWindow("")'>

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 20 November 2015.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:
•Application stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project. It is essential that you clearly state in the title whether you apply for a PhD or Postdoc position.
•Curriculum vitae
•Research statement and names and addresses of three references
•For PhD candidates: Authorized copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas, and transcript of grades (an official translation into English). Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here). Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.
•For Postdoc candidates: Authorized copies of BSc, MSc, and PhD diplomas, and transcript of grades (an official translation into English) with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here).
•List of publications.

In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for” please indicate whether you are applying for position as PhD or Postdoc.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The overarching purpose of The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre is to identify new technological and conceptual solutions that will enable increased oil and gas extraction in the Danish section of the North Sea. The research activities at the centre cover selected aspects of expertise: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced Oil & Gas Recovery Processes, Drilling & Production Technology Concepts and Production Facilities, Materials Research & Design. The centre will develop deep, new understanding within these disciplines with a line-of-sight to application. Located at The Technical University of Denmark research groups at the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University and the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark will be affiliated with the Centre. When fully operational, the centre will employ and engage more than 100 people.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.