Research Associate - Enhanced Oil Recovery

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
15 May 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

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The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) which is based within the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, was established in 1975 to satisfy the oil industry’s growing requirement for professional petroleum engineers. Over 40 years later, it is now recognised internationally as a leading centre of excellence in petroleum engineering and petroleum geoscience teaching, training and research with strong links to industry world-wide. IPE has strong and vibrant community of over 100 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and undertakes wide-ranging and integrated research into oil and gas exploration, development and production, as well as into wider energy issues. Current key research themes include carbon capture and storage, enhanced oil recovery, gas hydrates and uncertainty quantification. In addition, the Institute has developed a successful programme of continuing professional development courses through which quality training is delivered to professionals who wish to broaden their skills or deepen their subject knowledge. Further information can be obtained at:


Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to work on several project mainly funded by the oil industry. The initial appointment will be for 2 years and the successful candidate will start as soon as possible in the calendar year 2018.

This role will be based in the Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering within the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University.

The EOR centre is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for its pioneering work on enhancing oil and gas recovery. The centre works closely with several national and international oil and gas companies in areas of gas injection, WAG injection, low salinity water injection. CO2 and carbonated water injection, and heavy oil recovery.

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Essential criteria:

Desirable criteria:

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 15th June 2018

Consideration will be given to applications on a part-time and/or job-share basis.

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Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Mehran Sohrabi (M.Sohrabi@hw.ac.uk)

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