Postdoctoral Fellow in Reservoir Chemistry in Stavanger, Norway

at University of Stavanger
Location Stavanger, Norway
Date Posted November 30, 2017
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent



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The University of Stavanger invites applications for a 2-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Reservoir Chemistry at Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Petroleum Engineering . The position is vacant from 01.01.2018.

The position is funded by The Ministry of Education.

The Department of Petroleum Engineering has specialized activities within improved oil recovery (IOR), and it is one of the main scientific contributors to the National IOR Centre of Norway.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be working with the Smart Water EOR group, which is well known internationally for its research related to reservoir chemistry, reservoir wettability, and water-based EOR in both carbonate and sandstone reservoirs. The candidate must have a PhD degree within reservoir chemistry or reservoir engineering and he/she must have a solid background of experimental work.

The objective of the position is to strengthen the research activities towards reservoir wettability and wettability alteration processes, and to give researchers/scholars with doctorates within the relevant academic field(s), opportunities for further qualification toward full professorship. The candidate will be involved in supervision and teaching, and participate and initiate research projects towards the industry and the National IOR Centre of Norway. More details are available in the project description at the end of this page.

Applicants are evaluated based on relevant competence and published scientific work. Potential candidates will be invited for an interview. Qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialization of research will be emphasized in appointments to academic positions at the University.

The research will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is expected that the appointee works full time on the project, and that she/he participates in the scholarly circles at the Faculty and the University.

The position is salaried according to the State Salary Code, 17.510, code 1352, NOK kr 490 900,- per annum. In special cases, higher salaries may apply.

The position provides for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which guarantees favorable retirement benefits. Members may also apply for home investment loans at favorable interest rates.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Associate professor Skule Strand , telephone +47 51 83 22 91, email: , Associate professor Tina Puntervold, telephone +47 51 83 2213, email: , or Head of Department for Prtoleum Engineering Tore Markeset, tlf +47 51 83 21 91 or email: . Information about appointment procedures can be obtained from HR Advisor Anne Vikse, telephone +47 51 83 36 73, email .

The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in its employment practices. The University currently employs few female post doctors within this academic field and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Please registrer your application in an electronic form on Relevant education and experience must be registered on the form. Projectdescription and -plan, certificates/diplomas, references, list of publications and up to 15 publications and other documentation that the you consider relevant, should be submitted as attachments to the application as separate files. If the attachments exceed 30 MB alltogether, they will have to be compressed before uploading.

Project description: Post doctor in Reservoir Chemistry:
The University of Stavanger invites applications for a 2-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Reservoir Chemistry at department of Petroleum Engineering. The department have specialized activities within improved oil recovery (IOR), and are a main scientific contributor to the National IOR Centre of Norway.

“Smart Water” injection is a low cost and environmentally friendly EOR technique, and are easily implementable in both Sandstone and Carbonate oil reservoirs. The last 20 years, a large number of papers have been published within this research area. There is a general acceptance in the industry that the observed EOR effects are linked to wettability alteration towards more water-wet mineral surfaces. However, there are still disputes within different research communities about mechanisms behind the wettability alteration process.

The Smart EOR group at University of Stavanger (UiS) is an international leading research group within reservoir chemistry, reservoir wettability, and water based EOR in both sandstone and carbonate reservoir. The Post doctor will be working with activities linked to the Smart Water EOR group, with teaching and supervision of BS and MS students and PhD candidates, and participating and generating i research activities towards industry and the National IOR center.

The main part of the research activities in the Smart Water EOR group are experimental work involving core material and minerals, the water chemistry of formation water and injection brines, and the crude oil chemistry linked to important wetting parameters. The candidates should have solid experimental experiences, preferable within reservoir chemistry and petroleum engineering.

The initial reservoir wettability is controlled by the properties of the 3 main reservoir phases, pore surface chemistry, formation water chemistry, and organic wetting components in the crude oil. Chemical reactions are temperature sensitive so the reservoir temperature is also an important factor.

The «Smart Water» EOR process is a wettability alteration process, which creates positive capillary forces and increases the microscopic sweep efficiency in heterogeneous pore systems. By manipulation of the ion composition in the injection water, the oil recovery efficiency could be improved, confirming that the wettability alteration and EOR effects are chemical controlled processes. New knowledge about components controlling initial wettability and the wettability alteration process could be used in the design of even Smarter injection brines.

A wettability alteration process will also redistribute the oil within the pore space, which will give opportunities for hybrid EOR processes, combining Smart water injection with other EOR techniques in maximizing oil recovery factors from porous rocks.

Forecasting Smart Water EOR potentials for specific reservoirs are dependent on the ability to predict the initial reservoir wetting. The main focus In this Post Doctor project is to improve the chemical understanding of parameters effecting the initial reservoir wettability, and wettability alteration processes.

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