Research Fellow in Multiphase Flow Modelling in Heterogeneous Porous Media

Melbourne, Australia
11 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Salary: $107,547 - $127,707 (Level B)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen FEIT’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI) recognises that engineered systems of present and future significance increasingly have connections to all three.

We are the oldest engineering school in Australia – initially founded in 1861 – and have evolved into a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers passionate about addressing major challenges of today and into the future.

About the role:

This project is focussed on the optimization of injection strategies to increase pore scale utilization and accelerate trapping in CO2 storage sites in heterogeneous aquifers.

To perform the necessary computer simulations, you will implement new of constitutive relationships in the compositional simulator ACGSS (Australian CO2 Geo-Sequestration Simulator) that is written in the programming language C++ and based on the CSMP++ software library (

These constitutive relationships will be applied to ACGSS’ hybrid finite element – finite volume framework. Therefore, familiarity with these numeric methods and related workflows is required.

Specific tasks necessary for completing this implementation will include:

  1. the integration of cross-coupling terms accounting for the viscous drag that CO2 and water phases exert on each other;
  2. development and implementation of a peudo kinetic model for CO2 dissolution, and
  3. a reduced-order model upscaling gravity effects needed for the simulation of plume spreading in surface representations of highly permeable sand sheets that will be embedded into the three-dimensional finite-element meshes of storage sites.

Apart from these technical developments, you will be responsible for conducting the computer simulations analysing the performance of prospective sites during large-scale CO2 geo-storage using the universities High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities.

Conducting this research you will liase pro-actively and continuously with the project partners in Stanford and Cambridge, working toward the timely completion of GeoCquest’s project milestones as outlined in the university’s contract with BHP and the project management plan. You are also expected to prepare and publish research outcomes in conferences proceedings and journals.

You will be located in the Infrastructure Engineering Department in the Faculty of Engineering and IT and will be expected to be an active member of the Department, collaborating with other researchers.  You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as required.

About You:

Naturally you will be capable of demonstrating your prior record of achievement in the following:

  • A PhD in applied mathematics, engineering, or closely related discipline;
  • Strong C++ programming skills paired with the ability to run the developed software on HPC computing facilities;
  • Detailed knowledge of FEM and FVM numerical methods as applied in the compositional simulation of CO2-brine systems;
  • Understanding of the physics of multiphase flow in porous media;
  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity;
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records;
  • Capability for innovative research, as evidenced by scholarly publication;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders (academic, administrative and support staff) in a courteous and effective manner.

Additionally, it would be desirable (but not necessary) if you if you also had experience in relation to any of the following:

  • Experience in the simulation of multiphase flow in porous media and CO2 geo-sequestration;
  • Experience with CSMP++ and ACGSS;
  • Knowledge of the unix/linux operating system and HPC / parallel processing on computing clusters;
  • Experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines;
  • Experience in supervision of students and/or research assistants;
  • Ability to structure, engage and present information clearly to various audiences.

You will be supported to pursue achievement in all four pillars of an academic career:

  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Engagement
  • Service and Leadership

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, childcare subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your Cover Letter - addressing all selection criteria; and your Resume.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be currently located within Australia and able to commence immediately or as soon as your notice period has been served.

You will be an Australian Citizen; Permanent Resident or holder of an appropriate visa.

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Position Description

Applications close: 20 Jun 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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