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PostDoc position: Wetting, Interfacial Rheology and Microfluidics for EOR

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PostDoc position: Wetting, Interfacial Rheology and Microfluidics for EOR

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Job description

In so-called smart water flooding, the composition of the oil-displacing brine is carefully tuned to optimize the process. Depending on the ion concentrations, both the calcite-liquid and brine-oil interfaces undergo changes, involving calcite restructuring and/or asphaltene assembly into (visco-elastic) interfacial layers.

To investigate these processes, experiments are performed at different interfaces and lengthscales. The EOR process as a whole is mimicked on a microfluidic chip while visualizing the water/oil/rock distributions and electronically monitoring physical signals. Underlying phenomena contributing to the overall process are also studied on a macroscopic scale: wettability alteration of the calcite and visco-elastic responses of the oil-brine interfacial layer. This research is part of a collaborative project at PCF in which also nanoscopic morphological and chemical information is obtained.


For the PostDoc we are looking for a skilled experimentalist with a background in physical chemistry. Specific experience in Confocal Raman Microscopy, microfluidics, ion specific sensing technologies will be a pro. You will be appointed for max. 2 years as a postdoc researcher. You are proficient in English, a good communicator and team player, and enjoy interdisciplinary collaborations. Reference letters from two senior academics are expected.

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  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • You will have an employment contract for the duration of max 2 years, with extension possible under mutual agreement, and you are eligible for all employee benefits the UT offers.
  • The post-doc salary is between € 3.353 and € 4.402 gross per month (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) depending on experience and qualifications.
  • You will receive holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Additionally, the UT is a green campus with excellent facilities and resources for professional and personal development.
    We strive for diversity and fairness in hiring.

Information and application

For further information please contact prof. Frieder Mugele (f.mugele@utwente.nl or Dr. Michel Duits (m.h.g.duits@utwente.nl)

Applications can only be submitted online up to and including November 30, 2020.

About the department

In the Physics of Complex Fluids group at the University of Twente (www.utwente.nl/en/tnw/pcf/)  research is aimed at improving insights as well as the efficiency of Enhanced Oil Recovery from porous calcite rock.

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Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

4. Master

Scientific area

Natural sciences