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Funded PhD position; in Mechanical Engineering; at Technical University of Denmark

PhD scholarship in CFD Analysis of the Impact of the Scale Build-Up on the Liquid Flow in the Wells used for Oil & Gas Production

Technical University of Denmark – DTU Mechanical Engineering

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Lyngby – Denmark
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not specified
Hours: Full Time


Placed on: 18th September 2017
Closes: 15th October 2017

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invite applicants for a PhD position on CFD analysis of the impact of the scale build-up on the liquid flow in the wells used for oil & gas production. Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU is established by the Danish Underground Consortium and DTU. As part of a national strategy on oil and gas, the research centre is an ambitious, targeted effort to improve recovery of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea.

Responsibilities and tasks
The positions will be an integrated part of the cost transformation programme with the focus on increasing oil recovery by delaying cessation of production in the Danish part of the North Sea. The water injectivity in the oilfields wells poses a growing challenge. The reduction in injectivity can be due to a number of issues including chemical or microbial skin formation, plugging by particular matter in the injection water or precipitation of fines. In this context, the candidate is expected to perform fundamental and applied research in scale formation in oil wells. The research will involve the development and CFD implementation of models describing the chemical reactions and precipitation scale build-up in oil wells.

We also emphasize: 

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of multiphase, reacting flow
  • Previous experience with developing 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 should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

To apply, please read the full job advertisement at

Application deadline: 15 October 2017 (Local time).

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 85 persons.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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Deadline: October 15, 2017.

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