PhD position in reservoir simulation of shale formations, with focus on geomechanics

The Ohio State University, School of Earth Sciences, Computational Geosciences Group
Stipend + benefits of around $26,400
Oct 09, 2017
Nov 08, 2017
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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A PhD position is available in numerical modeling of coupled fluid flow and geomechanics of fractured black shale. The successful applicant will develop finite element simulation tools to model the growth and changing fracture properties (e.g., apertures and permeabilities) of fractures as fluid is injected at high pressures in porous shale formations. These tools will be incorporated in Osures, the in-house compositional reservoir simulator for fractured reservoirs in Dr. Moortgat’s Computational Geosciences Group at the School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University. The research may involve high performance computing and take advantage of the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

The computational skills, with applications to energy resources, that the student will develop are highly desirable and will open up attractive future career prospects.

Throughout the PhD program, funding will be provided through a combination of GRA and GTA support.

For more information on the Graduate Research Program in the School of Earth Sciences and requirement for admittance, visit: More information on the Computational Geosciences Group can be found here: 

For specific questions related to this position, contact Joachim Moortgat, .

Interviews can be arranged during the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Applications should have a B.S. or M.Sc. (preferred) degree in Earth Sciences, physics, mathematics, astronomy, engineering, or similar. A proven record of math and computer (programming) skills are highly desirable.