24/11/2020
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PhD position in large scale cooling induced stress changes around deep geothermal reservoirs

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    RWTH Aachen University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    GeosciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    09/12/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Germany › Aachen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    39,83
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/02/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    956965
  • IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Yes

OFFER DESCRIPTION

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 tomorrow’s 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 amann@lih.rwth-aachen.de. 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.

Your tasks

  • 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

More Information

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

  • 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

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
RWTH Aachen University
Germany
Aachen
52056
Lochnerstraße 4-20

EURAXESS offer ID: 580255

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