ORGANISATION/COMPANYRWTH Aachen University
RESEARCH FIELDGeosciences › Other
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE09/12/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONGermany › Aachen
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK39,83
OFFER STARTING DATE01/02/2021
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER956965
IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?Yes
Given the challenges in geothermal operations and the ambitious expansion plans for geothermal energy in many countries, there is an urgent need for experts with a broad understanding of geothermal systems. How can such systems be operated in the most efficient and safe manner? Within the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network EASYGO - Efficiency and Safety in Geothermal Operations, funded by the European Commission, the IDEA League universities TU Delft (TUD), ETH Zurich (ETH), RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) and 10 industry partners are addressing this question from different perspectives, integrating geology, geophysics, geochemistry, advanced modeling, and process engineering. In this framework, EASYGO is looking forward to train tomorrows leading geothermal energy experts. Please find additional information on EASYGO as well as detailed project descriptions of all 13 PhD positions on www.idealeague.org/geothermal-energy. In case you want to apply for multiple EASYGO positions, limit the number of applications to 3, and indicate other positions you have applied for together with a clear order of preference in your motivation letter.
In this project, the successful applicant will conduct state of the art research on simulation of deep geothermal reservoirs mainly at the department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (LIH), RWTH Aachen University (with research visits at ETH Zurich and industry partners). The operation of geothermal systems leads to a transient cooling of the swept rock volume, and thus to thermal shrinkage. Due to these Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical (THM) coupled processes, the stress state within the reservoir changes, which also may affect the stress state in distant locations, causing surface subsidence, and likely induced seismic events. In this context, a THM coupled numerical model (using the MOOSE Framework) will be developed to predict the stress changes, associated deformations and the initiation of micro-seismicity around an operating geothermal reservoir.
The team at LIH consists of about 15 people with multiple scientific backgrounds in earth sciences, engineering and technical sciences (Postdoctoral researchers, PhD students), and administrative and technical staff. You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international and multidisciplinary working environment. RWTH Aachen University is part of the ABC/J Geoverbund, and therefore well connected with Cologne and Bonn Universities and the Forschungszentrum Jülich. RWTH is an equal opportunity employer. Thus, we specifically encourage applications of qualified women and minorities.
How to apply
Please submit your application no later than December 9, 2020 as a single PDF file named EASYGO_09_YourLastname_YourFirstname.pdf containing a motivation letter, CV, M.Sc. certificate and grades for the individual courses (highlighting courses relevant for this position) to email@example.com. Language certificates and documents showing practical experience in the field are desirable. Please note that this file will be shared with members of the EASYGO recruitment committee at all four participating IDEA League universities and one industry representative.
Please note that EU ITN mobility rule applies (see guide for applicants here: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_f...), meaning that applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.
- Development of a THM numerical framework of an operating geothermal reservoir in MOOSE
- Quantification of the thermally induced stresses around a geothermal reservoir
- Evaluation of micro-seismicity initiation as a result of thermal stress variations
- Active participation in the various training and networking opportunities provided by EASYGO and the IDEA League doctoral school
- Presentation of own research at selected scientific conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals
- University degree (Master or equivalent) in (mechanical or civil) engineering or geosciences
- Experience in numerical modeling
- Adequate programming skills
- Good English knowledge (written & spoken)
- High degree of initiative, discipline and team spirit
- Ability to work scientifically and independently
EURAXESS offer ID: 580255
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