Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Reservoir Engineering

Brisbane, Australia
28 Nov 2017
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Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The UQ Energy Initiative

The UQ Energy Initiative was established in 2011 to integrate UQ’s strengths and diversity in energy research. With many government and industry partners, UQ is uniquely placed to understand and address the challenges ahead. UQ’s breadth of experience ranges from engineering, material sciences and mining research, to social policy, economics, and environment. This aligns with the specific challenges facing Australia with its abundant and cost competitive coal and gas resources and an economy that is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. 

Accordingly, our energy research focuses on transforming traditional energy technologies and systems, while supporting renewable energy technologies and the development of new concepts and emerging solutions. 

Complementing this technology research, we are developing significant programs mapping social change and the economic and environmental impact of the new energy era.  

A key focus of the UQ Energy Initiative is to facilitate engagement between the university’s best researchers and leaders in industry and government. The priorities of industry and policy makers need to inform UQ energy research programs to make them relevant and as effective as possible. 

Energy researchers at UQ are guiding our energy future through scientific discovery and technological innovation.

The role

The successful appointee will work in a multidisciplinary research team of geologists, engineers, geophysicists and modellers to trial new lower cost rapid evaluation techniques that assess commercial carbon storage viability. This position will provide the key technical scientific horsepower to drive the building, attribution and simulation of a fit for purpose multi-phase dynamic model of the Precipice Sandstone and Evergreen Formation (reservoir-seal pair). Duties will include research work conducted in partnership with technical experts in the Coal Industry and Government, as well as providing support and coordination of PhD students with theses related to the project.

The person

Applicants should be within 5 years of completing a PhD in petroleum engineering. You should have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in reservoir engineering, good general research skills, knowledge of technical aspects of well test design and modelling, upscaling, multi-phase dynamic reservoir simulation, very well-developed writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams. 


This is a full-time 2 year fixed term appointment at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,533 - $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,504 - $102,416 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Prof Jim Underschultz on +61 7 3346  4592 or

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