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Studentship for UK nationals: Developing Advanced Techniques to Study Slow Flows in Porous Media

3.5-year fully-funded PhD studentship for UK nationals with Professor Lynn Gladden, Dr Andy Sederman and Dr Mick Mantle to start 1 October 2021

This project seeks to advance our understanding of transport process in porous media. Understanding fluid flow in porous media is of fundamental importance in many real world applications of importance including carbon sequestration and CO2 storage and fluid flow in rock formations. Transport phenomena in these applications often involve slow flows because the timescales over which the processes occur can be very large. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is unrivalled in its ability to characterise and quantify, non-invasively, fluid flow, in the form of flow and diffusion in optically opaque systems. In applications with slow flows, differentiating between the coherent (bulk) fluid flow and the random (diffusive) motion for such slow flows is challenging. This project will involve fundamental research into understanding flow and diffusion in porous media by developing new experimental MRI methods combined with novel sampling and reconstruction methods. Such an approach aims to separate the bulk fluid motion and the random diffusive element of the fluid flow thereby providing benchmark descriptors that may be used to validate numerical simulations. These new measurement capabilities will then be translated to porous media such as sedimentary rocks to explore the extent to which these rocks can be used for carbon storage. You will join part of a world leading team and can be expected to be trained in state of the art magnetic resonance data acquisition techniques and data/image analysis methods.

The industrial funding partner is Shell Global Solutions International B.V.

The project requires a talented individual with good experimental skills, competence in data analysis and good mathematical skills.

Applicants for the studentships should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics. Applicants will also be expected to fulfil the University's entry requirements for PhD study, as the successful applicant must formally apply for admission; please see:

To apply for this studentship, please send the following to Mrs Amanda Taylor ( by noon on Friday 30 April 2021:

1.) Include the Vacancy Reference number NQ26220 in the subject line of your email.

2.) Your CV

3.) Your most recent transcript (and transcripts from any previously completed degrees) to include grades/marks received

Please quote reference NQ26220 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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