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Job advertisement PostDoc position in flow, and hydrodynamic transport in permeable media

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PostDoc position in flow, and hydrodynamic transport in permeable media

PostDoc position in flow, and hydrodynamic transport in permeable media

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IDAEA-CSIC - Technical University of Madid

The Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) is a Severo-Ochoa center of excellence. The institute is devoted to the study of the human footprint on the biosphere. Its scientific personnel have a strong multidisciplinary nature and is formed by researchers from engineering, physics, environmental, geological, and chemical sciences. IDAEA is organized in two departments, Geoscience and Environmental Chemistry. The HydroPore team at IDAEA forms part of the Geosciences department and focuses on the quantitative understanding and upscaling of processes in permeable natural and engineered media. IDAEA forms part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which is the largest public research organization in Spain, and the third largest in Europe.
The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is one of the leading academic institutions in Spain. The candidate will work in the Hydroinformatics and Water Management Group of the Department of Civil Engineering: Hydraulic, Energy and Environment. The research group studies the physics of multiphase flow in porous and fractured media, and currently involves 5 graduate students and 3 professors. We combine theory and simulation and apply our research to a variety of energy-driven geophysical problems, such as methane hydrates, petroleum recovery, induced seismicity, and hydraulic fracturing.


Barcelona - Madrid, Spain


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
31 December 2020

21 December 2020

Job description

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and the Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona) invite applications for a joint postdoctoral position to study flow and hydrodynamic transport in permeable media. The position is part of the HydroPore project (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, PID2019-106887GB-C31 and PID2019-106887GB-C33), which focuses on the upscaling of processes in porous media from the pore to the regional scale. HydroPore is a joint project between the IDAEA-CSIC (Marco Dentz and Juan Hidalgo), UPM (Luis Cueto Felgueroso and David Santillán) and the University of Barcelona (Jordi Ortín and Victor Vilarrasa).
The aim of HydroPore is to systematically quantify the mechanisms and laws that govern multiphase flow, mechanical deformation and hydrodynamic transport in heterogeneous permeable media, from the pore to the regional scales with applications ranging from geological energy production and storage to contaminant dispersion in groundwater and nutrient transport in tissue. To achieve this goal, the project uses a multidisciplinary integrated research strategy that combines a new theoretical upscaling framework with novel experimental protocols and cutting-edge numerical simulation techniques.
You will study flow, transport and deformation processes in permeable media. This implies the numerical simulation of the detailed processes on the pore and Darcy scales, and the analysis of numerical and analytical data with the aim of identifying and quantifying these processes at the large scale. The processes to be studied include flow and passive transport in rigid and deformable media under small and large scale spatial heterogeneity. While the tasks are mostly numerical and theoretical, you will be involved in the experimental part of HydroPore in data analysis and design of the experimental setups. You will publish your results in international scientific journals, newsletters and the social media outlets, and present your work at international conferences and project meetings. You will work in an interdisciplinary team between two organizations in Madrid and Barcelona.

How to apply

If you meet our qualification criteria, you are requested to upload the following documents:

-. letter stating your motivation to apply for the position and your key qualities relevant for this position.
-. up-to-date curriculum vitae.
-. contact information of two academic references.

You may apply for this position until 31 January 2021 by email to the contact given below. Our organizations are equal opportunity employers and value diversity.

For more information please contact: Marco Dentz,