Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Geo-mechanics and Unconventional Gas Exploration

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7081538 (Ref:EPSCV1046)

Posted: July 23, 2021

Job Description

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 aims to integrate state of the art techniques for the extraction of medium to low grade coals and processing by products (e.g. 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.


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

Dr. Vasilis Sarhosis, Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds. 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 36729

Email: v.sarhosis@leeds.ac.uk


Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Civil Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6 to Grade 7
Salary:  £27,511 to £40,322 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions an appointment will not be made above £34,804 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (10 months (grant funding))
Release Date:  Wednesday 21 July 2021
Closing Date:  Friday 13 August 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSCV1046


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