Postdoc in geomechanics/geotechnics

DTU Sustain

Do you want to be part of the plan for Denmark to reduce CO2-emissions by 70% in 2030?

You can join one of the many projects at DTU that set out to repurpose existing offshore oil infrastructure into CO2 storage facilities.

A long-lasting seal of the numerous existing wells that penetrate depleted oil reservoirs is paramount to ensure a successful employment of carbon capture and storage. In particular, the degradation of the well cement and/or casing is a potential cause for CO2 leakage to the surface.

With this project, we aim to investigate the physico-chemical processes necessary to permanently swell the natural top seal of the reservoirs against the well using a combination of mechanical testing and transient low field NMR T2 relaxation methods.

DTU Sustain invites for a 2 years experimental postdoc position anchored in the Section for Geotechnics and Geology. This project gives you the opportunity to set the foundations for an academic career and at the same time contribute to solving one of greatest challenges of our times.  

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to establish the experimental procedures and setups required to test the swelling capacity of clay specimens upon exposure to different ionic fluids and establish their evolution with time. In doing so, you will work with a team of specialists having academic and industrial background in geoengineering and offshore industry. You will have the opportunity to interact with other players across the carbon capture and storage technologies value chain, as well as experts in other areas of geoengineering and geotechnical engineering.

Your primary tasks will be:

  • Characterize soil with regard to mineralogy and plasticity.
  • Perform Incremental Loading and Constant Rate of Strain one-dimensional compression tests.
  • Conduct transient NMR studies.
  • Contribute to the publication and dissemination of results related to the project.
  • Teach and co-supervise BSc and MSc students working on projects relevant to the abovementioned tasks.
  • Participate in research and teaching efforts at a section and departmental level as appropriate and relevant.


  • PhD degree in Geoscience, Geotechnical engineering or Material engineering.
  • Extensive experience in either geotechnical testing or NMR spectroscopy of clays/shales.
  • Willingness to learn new experimental techniques.
  • Proficiency in academic writing in English.

We offer
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.

The period of employment is 2 years. The position is a full time position with starting date no later than 1st February 2023.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Irene Rocchi

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 10 October 2022 (Danish 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
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications

Applications 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 Sustain - Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering - is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. The department conducts research, development & scientific advice and provides educational programs and service to society.  We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers. The Department has approximately 300 staff from more than 30 nationalities.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.