Postdoc in Corrosion in Oil and Gas

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Frist 5. november 2020
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The Materials and Surface Engineering section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark are seeking candidate for one Post-doctoral Researcher position in the field of “Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industry”. Position is suitable for an experienced post-doc. Position is for 3 years and expected to start from January 1st 2021.

Corrosion in the oil and gas industry is a serious issue that results in decreased production and high operational costs. Corrosion behavior of production pipes depend on many operational parameters (e.g. CO2, H2S, pressure, temperature, interventions) and material variables (e.g. microstructure, chemical composition). Consequently, due to complex environment and synergistic effects, more than one mechanism is likely to be responsible for enhanced corrosion degradation and ultimate failure of the pipes.  

Responsibilities and tasks
Research activities in this Post-doc position will focus on basic mechanistic understanding on the initiation and progress of various corrosion modes found in oil & gas applications, corrosion scale development, inhibitor effect etc. Idea is to develop in-situ analysis methods e.g. in-situ flow cells suitable for simulating various oil & gas conditions, while the analytical tools will be in-situ X-ray and Synchrotron tomographic methods, Synchrotron surface analysis methods, and lab scale electrochemical methods with possibility for in-situ observations and local electrochemical methods such SECM. In-situ imaging and analysis methods will be combined with electrochemical methods such as DC electrochemistry and AC electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

Candidates for the position should have a PhD degree in Materials and Corrosion area.  Prior oil & gas corrosion related research experience and research experience in the area of analytical methods such as synchrotron techniques are preferable. It is expected that the candidates have good communication skills, can pro-actively engage and co-supervise PhD students. 

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DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

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

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 5 November 2020 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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 80 persons.

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