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UK/EU Studentship: How Do Fluids Flow in Porous Media?

Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals. Students must meet the eligibility criteria at the 'Higher Education' link at: Regrettably, we are not able to consider applicants who don't meet the residency criteria for this studentship.

(3-year fully-funded PhD studentship with Professor Lynn Gladden, Dr. Andrew Sederman and Dr. Mick Mantle. The studentship is funded by Shell. Project to start 1 October 2018.)

Understanding how fluids move within porous media is central to hydrocarbon recovery and the development of new processes to enable CO2 sequestration in rocks. This project aims to use state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging techniques to gain new insights to how fluids move within the inter-connected pore space of rocks. Researchers have worked in this area for many years but have always been limited by the inability to image the physics and chemistry occurring within the optically-opaque rock core. Using MRI, a technique more commonly-encountered in medical applications, this is now possible.

The ultimate goal of this work is to develop magnetic resonance techniques that will provide 3D images of the pore sizes within the rock, the wettability of the rock surface, and the local flow fields inside the rock. The challenge will then be to explore how these data can be 'fused' so that we can explore how the physical structure of the pore space, the surface chemistry of the pores and the resulting flow behaviour are related. The new insights will then be incorporated into numerical models to design new hydrocarbon recovery and CO2 sequestration technologies.

This project is well-suited to someone who is interested in the development of imaging, and image analysis, techniques.

The project is based in Cambridge, but the student will have the opportunity to interact with collaborators in Shell.

Applicants for the studentship should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics. If your degree was taken outside the UK, please visit: to determine if your overseas qualification is equivalent to a First or high 2.1.

To apply for this studentship, please send the following to Mrs Amanda Taylor ( by noon (UK time) on 31st March 2018.

-- Include the Vacancy Reference number NQ14867 in the subject line of your email.

-- Your CV

-- Your most recent transcript (and transcripts from any previously completed degrees) to include grades/marks received in relevant examinations

Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please quote reference NQ14867 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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