Postdoc or Research Assistant position in Corrosion in Oil & Gas applications

DTU Mekanik
tirsdag 02 maj 17

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The Materials and Surface Engineering section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark is seeking candidate for 1 Postdoc or Research Assistant position for investigating corroded tubes from Oil & Gas applications for understanding the corrosion mechanisms and nature of scales. The position is initially for a period of 18 months. Proposed position is part of the work in collaboration between The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) at DTU and Maersk Oil (MOG). Expected start date for the position is 1st of July 2017.

Responsibilities and tasks
Corrosion and scale formation is a serious issue in the oil and gas industry, which reduces the lifetime of oilfield equipment. An extensive internal corrosion in the wells often leads to costly interventions including replacement of used materials to corrosion resistant alloys. In the case of wells, workovers are performed, when the well integrity is at risk due to corrosion.

To prevent corrosion, e.g. corrosion inhibitors, H2S and O2 scavengers or biocides can be used. However, despite of using such mitigation techniques, extensive corrosion in wells is still observed. The conditions present in the wells are complex and the severity of corrosion depends on various environmental (e.g. CO2/H2S/O2, seawater fraction, temperature, pressure, liquid flow velocity, stresses etc.) and material variables (e.g. chemical composition, microstructure).   

Corrosion and scale formation leads to failure of pipe lines or reduction in the capacity for fluid flow due to reduction in internal dimensions due to scale formation. Therefore investigation of corroded tubes and scales from oil fields are important in developing remedial solutions. The intended position will focus on detailed characterization of corroded tubes and scales using characterization methods such as X-ray diffraction, high resolution electron microscopy and FIB, X-ray tomography, SKPFM, and other surface characterization and electrochemical methods. The focus will be to understand the general corrosion mechanisms, under deposition corrosion, effect of material chemistry and microstructure, and scale characteristics in comparison with well conditions.


Postdoc position:
Candidates should have a PhD degree in Materials engineering/Corrosion with expertise in material characterization and corrosion in Oil & Gas applications. Expertise on intended material characterization methods shown above is preferable.

Research Assistant position: Candidates should have a Master degree in Materials Engineering with experience on topics similar to postdoc position.  

Please indicate whether you are applying for Post-doc or RA position in your application.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 18 months. 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Rajan Ambat, tel.: +45 4525 2181, e-mail:  

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than May 25th 2017.Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.  

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 85 persons.   

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.