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Job advertisement Ph.D in flow and deformation of porous media

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European Geosciences Union

Ph.D in flow and deformation of porous media

Ph.D in flow and deformation of porous media

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Haifa, Israel


Relevant divisions
Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics (EMRP)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

18 April 2024

Job description

Women and men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. A safe return is doubtful. Honor and recognition in the event of success (paraphrased from Shackleton’s Ad).
OK, this is a bit of an exaggeration; there is a 90% chance for a safe return…
We study the coupling between flow and geomechanics, specifically the pore pressure and the porous media deformation, a process known to be a precursor to induced seismicity. We do so by creating an artificial rock that can mimic the characteristics of various rock types, yet it can deform at stresses that are two orders of magnitude smaller than a real rock. Moreover, by matching the refractive index between the saturating fluid and the artificial rock, we overcome its opaque nature, allowing us to image local deformation on the micron scale while measuring the flow and pressure to elucidate the complex coupling between them. We seek a talented experimentalist to measure this coupling under various external stresses (isotropic, anisotropic, and strain). The candidate needs to be willing to enjoy a vibrant group, have the curiosity of a child to learn new concepts, and be stubborn enough to dive into challenging scientific questions.