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PhD positions in Pore-Scale Simulation and Uncertainty Quantification

PhD positions in Pore-Scale Simulation and Uncertainty Quantification

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University of Nottingham, GeoEnergy Research Centre

Nottingham, United Kingdom


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

21 December 2017

Job description

School of Mathematical Sciences
PhD studentship in Mathematical Sciences

Quantifying uncertainties in multiphase flows through porous media

Supervised by Dr Matteo Icardi and Dr. Marco Iglesias

This project will be based at the University of Nottingham in the School of
Mathematical Sciences in the group of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and in collaboration with the GeoEnergy Research Centre.

Despite the recent significant developments in Digital Rock Physics (DRP), two-phase flows in complex pore geometries are still not fully predictable, understood, and quantitatively reproducible. This is due to a number of factors including imperfect physical models, insufficient mesh resolution, unknown parameters and pore heterogeneity. The qualitative and quantitative effects of these uncertainties have not been studied yet. In this project, we aim to develop a modelling and simulation workflow to quantify uncertainty and assess the validity of simplified multiphase flow models in digitalised porous media images. Deterministic and Monte-Carlo techniques, together with two-phase flow solvers, will be used to perform a global sensitivity analysis of the problem.

The project is part of a wider research effort that sees the collaboration of several UK and international academic partners, and industrial partners in the Automotive and Oil&Gas sector.

Summary: UK/EU students – Tuition Fees paid, and full Stipend at the RCUK rate, which is £14,553 per annum for 2017/18. There will also be some support available for you to claim for limited conference attendance. The scholarship length will be 3 or 3.5, depending on the qualifications and training needs of the successful applicant.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Applied Mathematics (or other field such as Physics or Engineering, showing evidence of deep knowledge of continuum transport models and numerical methods), preferably at MMath/MSc level, or an equivalent overseas degree (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 class degree, or equivalent, can be considered).

Apply: This studentship is available to start in January or September 2018 and remain open until it is filled. To apply please visit the University Of Nottingham application page: specifying in the application the title and supervisors of the project. To speed up the admission process, please forward a copy of the full application material to

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This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.