Associate Researcher - 12129BR

Associate Researcher

Tertiary Oil Recovery Project
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Tertiary Oil Recovery Program (KU TORP) seeks applicants to fill a research position to participate in pore-scale imaging and modeling techniques of geologic formations. This position expands the KU TORP’s capabilities in obtaining dedicated and purpose-designed images of porous media under flow conditions as well as simulating displacements at pore levels.
Prior experience in analyzing large stacks of images, understanding of pore-scale phenomena, and working with micro-CT scanners and their integrated flow systems are key requirements.

Must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Job Description

30% - Operation of the newly acquired micro-CT imaging system: Coordinate, design, and perform multiphase flow experiments/simulations to deliver project results, facilitate collaborations among other faculty and TORP members and promote pore-scale modeling techniques at the Earth, Energy & Environment Research & Development Center (EEE R&D).
5% - Coordinate operation and maintenance of the micro-CT scanner.
5% - Assist other scientists/researchers in use of the scanner.
30% - Supervise graduate students in the use of the scanner and the development of pore-scale modeling techniques.
10% - Collaborate with other KU staff and faculty members to address research activities including fluid flow behavior in conventional and unconventional reservoirs, conformance control, Enhanced Oil Recovery processes such as CO2 flooding, interfacial phenomena, phase behavior, and Earth, Energy & Environment Center EOR and geosciences leads to plan, coordinate, and actively participate in EOR laboratory and R&D projects.
15% - Work closely with the EEEC EOR geoscience leads to plan, coordinate, and actively participate in EOR laboratory and R&D projects. Develop innovative research ideas/proposals, and ensure that EEEC EOR/rock characterization R&D function is working toward achieving its respective objectives.
5% - Participate in research resulting in peer reviewed publications.

Required Qualifications

  • 1. Ph.D. in Geosciences, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or related field.
  • 2. Two years of research experience in both experimental and modeling aspects of enhanced oil recovery projects with a focus on multiphase flow through geologic formations, PVT analysis, imaging using micro-CT scanners, image processing simulations, and pore-scale modeling techniques.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of the online application, resume, and a cover letter outlining how qualifications are met. Include contact information for three professional references.

Deadline to apply is July 8, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Russell Dean Ostermann, Associate Professor
Director of Petroleum Engineering Program
University of Kansas
Learned Hall, Room 4154
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

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