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UK/EU PhD Studentship on wellbore strengthening

A fully funded industrial case studentship with BP is available in the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Department at the University of Cambridge supervised by Dr Alex Routh, starting in January 2018. Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK/EU applicants who meet the eligibility criteria of the UK Research Councils:

We regret that applicants from non-EU countries are not eligible for this studentship.

When an oil well is drilled a mud is used to lubricate the drill bit and also to remove rock cuttings. The drilling mud is a highly engineered fluid and will interact with the surrounding rock formation. We wish to investigate the effect of rock porosity and how the different mud formulations can affect the well.

The aims of the project are to investigate how the different components of a drilling mud will impregnate into formation rock and the effect of such impregnation on the rock mechanical properties, such as fracture toughness.

There are many possible strands to the project. We will investigate the drilling mud particle size distribution and surface chemistry, as well as the rock tortuosity and pore-size distribution. We will examine the effect on rock permeability and the patterns that impregnated particles form within the porous rock.

Applicants for the studentship should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline.

Informal enquiries only should be directed to Dr Alex Routh at

To apply for this position, please send the following to by 17:00 on Thursday 3rd August 2017:

1) Include the vacancy reference number, NQ12670, in the subject line of your email 2) A detailed curriculum vitae 3) Transcripts and/or degree certificates that include numerical details of grades obtained in relevant examinations/courses.

Please quote reference NQ12670 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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