Barrier Materials Lab, within Petroleum Engineering Program in the School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead experimental studies in the rock-fluid interactions, specifically applying CT-imaging to investigate changes of geo/engineered materials in unconventional petroleum system, which includes fractured shale rock and wellbore cements. Other duties include managing laboratories and equipment, training graduate and undergraduate students, data analysis/presentation, and the preparation of manuscripts and proposals. This is a one-year, full-time research position. This position may be renewed at Oklahoma State University’s discretion for up to four-year period based on available funding, college needs, performance review, and various other factors.
Qualifications: The applicant should have a Ph.D. degree with competence in X-ray microscopy, image analysis, grasp of porous media phenomena related to subsurface rock/fluids interactions, and ability to use materials characterization tools such as SEM/EDS/EBSD, EPMA, XRD, AFM.
The Caney Field Lab project is a 4-year project funded by the DOE NETL and the Continental Resources, and involves Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Pittsburgh University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. This diverse team of researchers would provide an excellent platform for personal growth at the postdoctoral level, as well as the opportunity for publishing and network building.
The Barrier Materials Laboratory at Oklahoma State University is directed by Dr. Mileva Radonjic, an Associate Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Program within School of Chemical Engineering. The Lab is focused on barrier materials in wellbore construction, such as wellbore cementing and Plugging and Abandonment of wells, currently sponsored by the NASEM GRP ($2,6M project with UTA, LSU, PITT and SINTEF). The lab is equipped with YXLON CT scanner, Flow through system, NANOVEA indenter, CoreLab porosimeter, nano-permeameter and various auxiliary equipotent for sample preparation and treatment at Pressure and Temperature. Strong preference will be given to candidates with strong a publication record.
Formal applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.okstate.edu. Submit a single PDF file containing – (i) a one-page cover letter, (ii) a curriculum vita, (iii) a statement of research interests and goals, (iv) contact information of five references and (v) examples of relevant peer reviewed journal publications. Screening of applicants will begin as applications arrive and continue until the position is filled, contingent on available funding.
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