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Fully funded PhD scholarship in 3D X-ray imaging of hydrogen storage in reservoir rocks

Fully funded PhD scholarship in 3D X-ray imaging of hydrogen storage in reservoir rocks


Heriot-Watt University

The research will be conducted at the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering. Informal enquiries about this PhD position can be addressed to Dr. Kamaljit Singh ( or Prof. Sebastian Geiger ( or Prof. Andreas Busch (


Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Required education

Application deadline
6 December 2019

16 November 2019

Job description

Subsurface hydrogen storage can be a viable option to account for fluctuations in the global energy demand from renewable resources. Although a considerable research has been undertaken related to hydrogen storage in salt caverns, little is known about its storage in porous reservoir rocks such as depleted oil and gas fields. This PhD project will focus on understanding the fundamental aspects of cyclic loading of hydrogen in porous rocks at reservoir conditions using both in-house and time-resolved synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography (3D non-destructive imaging). The results will be compared with pore-scale models. The candidate will join a vibrant and interdisciplinary team with expertise in multi-scale imaging and modelling of multiphase flow in porous media.

The scholarship is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.

The applicant for this PhD project should have an outstanding academic record (masters and undergraduate degrees) in engineering or physical sciences including Earth Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics or a similar field.

This project will involve experimental research, therefore the PhD candidate is expected to have a sound knowledge in designing an experimental program. A prior knowledge of X-ray micro-tomographic imaging, 3D data processing and analysis will certainly be useful.

How to apply

To apply for this position, you must submit an online application and select PhD programme in Applied Geoscience. You will be required to upload your CV, a brief research statement that outlines your motivation to work on this project and your past research expertise, your degree certificates/transcripts and the contact details of an academic referee. You must also provide proof of your ability in the English language (if English is not your mother tongue or if you have not already studied for a degree that was taught in English within the last two years). We require an IELTS certificate showing an overall score of at least 6.5 with no component scoring less than 6.0.