20 July 2019.



(Paid opportunity)


PhD position: Improving reservoir souring treatments for chalk formations in Technical University of Denmark.

The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for a multisicipline PHD position in the area of numerical modelling of biological processes in the subsurface.

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Biological hydrogen sulphide production in subsurface reservoirs and pipelines is an unfavorable phenomenon as leads to higher operational costs. The main strategies to reduce the probability of souring are: injecting nitrate and/or nitrite to inhibit SRP activity and/or oxidize sulphide; removing sulphate from injection water; and biocide treatments.

Job description

  • The PhD student will develop numerical models for coupled processes in chalk formations.
  • He/She will investigate the interaction among different hydraulic, chemical and biological processes controlling the flow dynamic in the reservoirs.
  • A thorough sensitivity analysis on the effect of different mechanisms on the microbial growth and hydrogen sulphide production at different scales  will be conducted to identify the most influential parameters.
  • This will be then tested for data measured for the targeted field.
  • The position will be an integrated part of the Scale & Corrosion programme with the focus on improving well integrity.
  • The PhD project involves also field studies.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Engineering.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • M.Sc. degree in engineering or other relevant areas.
  • Excellent Knowledge of the fundamentals of multiphase flow and transport in porous media.
  • A good knowledge of geomicrobiology and applied mathematics is very valuable.
  • Previous experience with devloping numerical codes for reactive transport models is highly advantageous.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment as an independent researcher.
  • Good writing and communication skills in English.
  • Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Opportunity Cost

(Paid opportunity)

  • The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

How to Apply

First Step: prepare these documents:

  • Application stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma.
  • Research statement and names and addresses of three references.
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here).

Second Step: Open the link “Apply online” then submit materials in English in one PDF file.

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