Post-doctoral position – Geothermal Energy Research, Delft, Netherlands

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Alexander Richter 2 Jan 2018

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has advertised an open post-doctoral position in geothermal energy research at its Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has advertised an open post-doctoral position in geothermal energy research.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of the departments of Transport and Planning, Structural Engineering, Geoscience and Engineering, Water Management, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing.The Department of Geoscience and Engineering is part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and encompasses five sections: Applied Geology, Applied Petrophysics and Geophysics, Geo-Engineering, Resource Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. Within the Department there is considerable scope and encouragement for interdisciplinary research.PhD candidates, post-docs and staff in the Petroleum Engineering section cooperate in a collegial atmosphere in a fundamental research programme directed towards developing cutting-edge technology for production, storage, and remediation of underground fluid resources, including petroleum and natural gas, geothermal resources, groundwater, and sequestration of CO2. PhD candidates are stimulated to present their research at international conferences, to publish in high-ranked scientific journals, and to form an international professional network. Graduates of the section find employment in industry and in the academic world.

Job Description

The CRECCIT project investigates the long-term stability and behaviour of a composite casing in a geothermal well, owned and operated by industrial project partners. The advertised position involves data acquisition (with a downhole fibre optic cable and with several logging campaigns) from newly drilled and operating geothermal wells. Communication with operators and service providers is part of the job. Data from the well with composite casing will be compared to data from neighbouring wells with conventional casing. Well-logging and fluid sampling need to be coordinated and data analysed and discussed with the operator, other scientists, and project partners. Involvement in teaching and (co-)supervision of BSc and MSc students is desirable.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • Solid background in earth sciences and/or water chemistry, ideally with prior geothermal research and/or industry experience.
  • Willingness and ability to communicate with both operator and scientists about the work to be done on site and in the research part of the project.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers an attractive, customisable compensation and benefits package, including a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers day care, before- and after-school care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.Information and application.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. D. F. Bruhn, phone: +31 (0)15-2782875, e-mail:

To apply, please e-mail a letter of motivation, detailed CV, summary of academic record or research experience, abstract of your PhD thesis (1 page), list of any publications, grades list, proof of English language proficiency, and names of three references by 21 January 2018 to Prof. Bruhn,

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CITG17-42.

Further details via the link below.

Source: Delft University of Technology via LinkedIn