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Research Associate - EU SECURe: Subsurface Evaluation of CCS and Unconventional Risks

Research Associate - EU SECURe: Subsurface Evaluation of CCS and Unconventional Risks


Lyell Centre - Heriot Watt University


Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Relevant division
Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics (EMRP)



£31,604 - £38,833 per year

Required education

Application deadline
28 June 2018

14 June 2018

Job description

SECURe is funded through the Horizon 2020 program by the European Union with a total duration of 36 months. It will develop monitoring and mitigation strategies for the full lifecycle of storing CO2 in the subsurface or producing unconventional hydrocarbon resources by assessing plausible hazards and monitoring associated with environmental risks. This will be achieved through a program of experimental research and advanced technology development that will be demonstrated at commercial and research facilities to formulate best practice. We will meet stakeholder needs, from the design of monitoring and mitigation strategies relevant to operators and regulators, to developing communication strategies to provide a greater level of understanding of the potential impacts.

The specific tasks at HWU are funded for 32 (20+12) months and will focus on the evaluation of leakage from deep CO2 storage or unconventional hydrocarbon sites. For this purpose, we will perform laboratory studies to provide relevant parameters for CO2 leakage modelling at different scales for several case studies, incorporating analogue data where possible. The intention is to improve our understanding of realistic leakage rates for several representative scenarios, directly linking to containment monitoring technologies that are capable of detecting such caprock integrity issues.

Tasks also link to numerical fracture flow modelling. This is why we advertise a 20+12 months position, where the candidate can demonstrate suitability for the modelling tasks planned for 12 months following the laboratory/field part of the project.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Earth sciences, including but not limited to, in petrophysics, geophysics, rock physics or related topic.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of non-European nationals. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website:

£31,604 – £38,833 per year