Research Fellow in Geo-Mechanics and Unconventional Gas Exploration

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
07 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an outstanding and highly motivated researcher in the area of geomechanics for unconventional gas exploration? Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge as part of a world leading multi-disciplinary team in the field of unconventional gas extraction and clean energy? Do you want to contribute towards the development of the next generation of Coal-to-Liquids Supply Chain (CLSC)?

The €3.2M RFCS European grant, ODYSSEUS, led by Dr. Vasilis Sarhosis in UK aims to integrate state of the art techniques for the extraction of medium to low grade coals and processing by products (eg. wastewater, tars, ash etc.) as well as clean coal technologies in a profitable and environmental friendly way to support the Coal-to-Liquids Supply Chain (CLSC).

In an effort to improve resilience and sustainability of the CLSC, this research will systematically assess potential adverse impacts to human health and the environmental associated with a commercial-scale application of the proposed CLSC in high coal production areas and elaborate a related enhanced risk management. In particular this research will involve: (i) the development of advanced multi-physics and multi-scale models to gain quantitative understanding of the complex process interactions (natural and engineered), experienced during the conventional and unconventional subsurface operations such as underground coal gasification; and (ii) undertake probabilistic analyses by coupled numerical process modelling to assess and mitigate environmental risk, while improving productivity of the CLSC. Based on the above, an Environmental Hazard and Risk Management toolkit will be developed which can be used through the planning and decision making process to ensure that environmental risks and mitigation actions are clearly quantified and outcomes forecasted.

You will have a first degree and doctoral degree (or close to completion) in Civil Engineering, Geochemistry, Geology, Computer Science or a closely allied discipline, with a strong background in geomechanics and advanced computational modelling (e.g. using discrete element and finite element modelling) of subsurface strata movement due to underground mining.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr. Vasilis Sarhosis, Lecturer in Structural Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 36729 or email:

Further information

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Location:      Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:      Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:      School of Civil Engineering
Category:      Research
Grade:      Grade 7
Salary:      £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions an appointment will not be made above £33,199 p.a.
Post Type:      Full Time
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (Up to 30 months, available from 4th of November 2019 (grant funding))
Closing Date:      Sunday 01 September 2019

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