The School of Earth Sciences (SES) at the Ohio State University (OSU) is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Research position to work on numerical modeling of CO2 injection and transport of multiple tracers (perfluorocarbon, isotopes) related to the Cranfield Mississippi CO2 injection field site. The position is funded through the NETL-DOE grant “Monitoring of Geological CO2 Sequestration Using Isotopes and PF Tracers”, which involves collaborations between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (PI), OSU, the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, the US Geological Survey, and the Southeastern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. Data gathering has been ongoing as part of this project since 2009 and has produced a rich data set that offers unique opportunities to characterize and model a field scale carbon sequestration experiment.
Previous modeling efforts have succeeded in matching the early pressure response, but suggest that at the highest CO2 injection rate the formation may have been fractured. This effort aims to further expand our understanding of this experiment by building on an in-house reservoir simulator for multiphase compositional flow to incorporate the transport of inert tracers, chemical reactions, and the geomechanical response to high-rate/high-pressure CO2 injection. Matching the tracer field data with a physical/numerical model will improve our Monitoring, Verification and Accounting (MVA) system for carbon sequestration.
The search will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. The start date can be as early as July 1st, but ideally no later than September. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, with support for relocation expenses and OSU benefits. The position is initially for 2 years, with the opportunity of continuation depending on progress and availability of funding. OSU accepts online applications only.