Research Associate, Geothermal Reservoir Modelling and Simulation in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

at Heriot Watt University
Location Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date Posted October 15, 2019
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Edinburgh£32,817 - £40,322 a yearGWatt is funded through NERC (Highlight Topics 2018) and has a total duration of 42 months. GWatt aims to tackle challenges related to deep geothermal systems, focussing on knowledge gaps about permeability and fluid/heat flow within fractured hot rocks. Novel studies of rock stress, natural fracture networks, hot rock permeability, heat/fluid transport, and optimisation are performed to fill these gaps. This project helps to enable the prediction of the economically-utilisable geothermal resource, the optimisation of reservoir development and the quantification of geological uncertainty and geological risks (such as induced seismicity). GWatt utilises data obtained from two new boreholes in granite being developed at the UK’s deepest onshore geothermal project at United Downs in Cornwall.
The specific task at HWU are funded for 30 months and will focus on the characterisation/quantification of the geothermal resource and its associated uncertainties through developing static and dynamic model of the united downs reservoir to forecast the range of possible reservoir behaviours. Models will be built using a range of techniques including CMG Stars simulation tool to predict reservoir productivity, then we will apply a range of techniques for quantitatively estimating the uncertainties in key reservoir unknowns. The candidate will work closely with other consortium partners in CSM and BGS as well as other researchers at Heriot-Watt to integrate the knowledge from other research areas into the models where appropriate.

Key duties and responsibilities
The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:Develop a broad ensemble of static models of fractured basement geothermal reservoir (DFN, Faults) using a range of modelling/geostatistical toolsDevelop thermal simulation/flow models of the reservoirs to forecast reservoir productivityDevelop estimates of uncertainty in the predicted reservoir response and optimise development strategies robustly for SW Granite geothermal resources.Model where feasible the impact of key hazards such as scaling and induced seismicity under uncertaintyPresent research results at conferences and internal project meetingsPublish peer-reviewed and conference papers
Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Education, qualifications and experience
QualificationsAn undergraduate degree (2.1 or higher) in geoscience, petroleum or civil engineeringA PhD in Earth sciences (or viva being scheduled at the time of the interview), including but not limited to reservoir characterisation or Geothermal/petroleum/groundwater reservoir modelling.
ExperienceStrong publication track recordTeam spirit and experience in collaborating within interdisciplinary and multi-national teamsConference presentation experience
Competencies, Skills and KnowledgeReservoir modelling and/or simulation expertise and proficiency in building and interpreting reservoir models. In particular, knowledge of fault and fracture modellingUnderstanding of reservoir simulation (groundwater, thermal or
Excellent IT skillsExcellent communication and presentation skillsExperience in working towards tight deadlinesExperience in conducting independent research

Desirable:Knowledge of Uncertainty quantification techniquesKnowledge of Machine learning and data science techniquesKnowledge of thermal simulationKnowledge of modelling structurally complex reservoirs and/or fractured basement reservoirsGood knowledge of structural geology
Knowledge of risk assessment methods such as BowTie analysis
How To Apply
Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 17 November 2019.
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