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Postdoc Systems Theory and Control Strategies for Induced Seismicity

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    Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    01/11/2021 00:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Delft


This PostDoc position forms part of the Science4Steer project which aims to understand the effects of time-varying pressures, stresses and strains resulting from natural gas production and (re-) injection in the Dutch subsurface as a basis for operational strategies to minimise the hazard of induced seismicity. The results will also be relevant to the final or temporary subsurface storage of other gasses such as CO2 or H2 and for geothermal energy production. In particular, this PostDoc project will address the scope to influence subsurface pressures and stresses, via multi-well injection/production control while taking account of geological and parameter uncertainties. This will involve developing a system-theoretical basis for control of coupled flow and mechanics in faulted porous media through concept/theory development and computational science. Therefore you will use, and contribute to, numerical simulation tools developed by other team members in our project, for example to investigate pressure transients in multi-well configurations at field scale, or simulate physical experiments performed in our project, to develop control strategies for subsurface flow and mechanics.

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Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Scale 10: € 2836 - € 4474). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 31 October 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof. Jan Dirk Jansen: j.d.jansen@tudelft.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

This PostDoc project requires a background in numerical simulation of porous media flow, or solid/soil/rock mechanics, and preferably a combination of these two fields (poro-mechanics). Prior exposure to seismology and/or systems and control theory would be welcome but is not essential. More important are an interest in applied mathematics, the ability to work with large-scale numerical models (developed by colleagues who are available for consultation), and the capacity to develop your own computational modules in e.g. Matlab or Python building on these large-scale applications. Although the project is not primarily aimed at software development, some prior experience with serious code development will be useful. Team working skills to cooperate with the numerical modellers and experimental researchers in the project are important, and so are good writing and verbal communication skills in English. Moreover we expect you to have an interest, or at least the willingness to develop such an interest, in the societal implications of human interactions with the deep subsurface.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Delft University of Technology
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 675106
Posting organisation offer ID: 303724


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