PhD Scholarship: Apply for the opportunity to address the knowledge challenges of the unconventional onshore gas industry

17 December 2018

Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program: Coal Seam Gas PhD Scholarship $32,500 per annum

Through its projects, the Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program aims to address the knowledge challenges of the unconventional onshore gas industry.
 
Apply for this scholarship and join UQ researchers working on the Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program. You’ll receive $32.5k per annum and the opportunity to grow your network at the Energi Simulation Technical School and Summit in Canada.
 
The projects are undertaken within the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas and the Centre’s industry members (Arrow Energy, APLNG, and Santos) in close collaboration with other schools. You’ll work on applied projects, often with industry data, which will qualify you to work at the research-industry interface or take upindustry based positions in the future.
 
The Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program spans a variety of applied research themes, including:
  • Unconventional hydrocarbons with a focus on coal seam gas
  • Geological modelling
  • Dynamic modelling of multi-phase flow (gas, water) and transport
  • Reactive flow modelling
  • Geostatistics, scaling and uncertainty
  • Geomechanics and dynamic permeability
  • CO2 sequestration/storage
Closing date:
31 January 2019
 
Contact:
Professor Suzanne Hurter
 
More information:
More detail is included below, or visit the UQ scholarship portal.

 

More information

Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG)

The University of Queensland's Centre for Coal Seam Gas (UQ-CCSG) purpose is to contribute to the onshore gas sector via research and education, as well as providing independent science and evidence-based advice to stakeholders (government, regulators, community, and industry). UQ-CCSG provides an avenue for growing and sharing knowledge in the onshore gas research field. It carries out research on coal seam gas related issues across petroleum engineering, geosciences, water, data analytics, ecology, sustainability, economics, business and social science fields. The Centre is funded through a membership model, and the current member organisations are Arrow Energy, Santos and APLNG and The University of Queensland. UQ-CCSG engages researchers from a variety of schools and centres at UQ to deliver individual research projects.

In particular, research in technical areas are conducted in close collaboration with the School of Chemical Engineering, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Energi Simulation Industrial Chair in (Unconventional) Onshore Gas Reservoir Modelling has recently been established at UQ and is based in UQ-CCSG. Prof Suzanne Hurter (Chair) is leading a geoscience and reservoir modelling research program relevant to the unconventional onshore gas industry. This program will provide a number of higher degree research opportunities for quality candidates.  

Four PhD positions are being recruited.

Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program 

Energi Simulation, a Canadian foundation and The University of Queensland have recently established the Industrial Research Chair in Unconventional Gas Reservoir Modelling. The research program aims to address the knowledge challenges of the unconventional onshore gas industry. The projects are managed by the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas in close collaboration with other schools. PhD students will be working on applied projects often with industry data that will qualify them to work at the research-industry interface or take up industry-based positions in the future. Once the candidate has achieved confirmation, he or she will attend at least one annual Energi Simulation Technical School and Summit in Calgary, Canada, to present their research work and network with other PhD students from the international Energi Simulation network of universities. The candidates will also have the opportunity to engage with technical experts from the Queensland coal seam gas industry throughout the course of their research. This provides an excellent opportunity to develop a practical understanding of current research challenges and current industry work practices.

The role

Two PhD candidates are being sought for commencement in the second quarter of 2019 and a further two for commencement later in 2019. Four positions will be awarded. The Energi Simulation Industrial Research Program spans a variety of applied research themes, including:

  • Unconventional hydrocarbons with a focus on coal seam gas
  • Geological Modelling
  • Dynamic Modelling of Multi-phase Flow (gas, water) and Transport
  • Reactive Flow Modelling
  • Geostatistics, scaling and uncertainty
  • Geomechanics and Dynamic Permeability
  • CO2 Sequestration/Storage

The Program is multidisciplinary and research projects are undertaken with the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas in collaboration with the Centre’s industry members (Arrow Energy, APLNG and Santos). Research projects often involve collaboration with several schools across UQ. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage with senior academics in their field and work with subject matter experts from industry and government.

The person

Applicants should have an excellent academic record of accomplishment in Geosciences or Engineering (Petroleum, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Environmental) or a related discipline such as Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics (Statistics) and an Honours degree or equivalent. You are required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program.

Additional skills that would be favourable are any previous experience in geostatistics, geological or flow modelling or coding/programming (MatLab, Python, R, etc.).

You should be a team player with a strong professional work ethic. Applicants should have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English Language as you will be expected to produce high quality journal articles and present to international audiences.

Depending on your research project and academic background you will be enrolled in the School of Chemical Engineering, School of Mechanical and Mining or Engineering or the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Remuneration

The scholarship is comprised of a stipend of $ 27,082 per annum for a total of three years with the possibility of a six-month extension in approved circumstances.

A top-up grant of $5000 per year will also be available.

Enquiries

For enquiries related to this position, please contact Professor Suzanne Hurter s.hurter@uq.edu.au.

Applications

Applications close: 31 January 2019 (UQ reserves the right to award the scholarship at any time).

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • A cover letter that addresses the requirements for the PhD program, details your area of interest and advises your preferred commencement date.
  • A curriculum vitae detailing your education (including academic records), professional experience, research experience, publications and relevant competencies.
  • The name and contact details of two referees.

Short listed applicants may be called for interview.

These positions are only open to domestic students (Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents).

For information on completing the application process click here.

 

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