Postdoc in Corrosion in Oil and Gas

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Grønland & Færøerne

Frist 5. januar 2020

The Materials and Surface Engineering section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark are seeking candidate for one Post-doctoral Researcher position in the field of “Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industry”. The position is suitable for an experienced postdoc. The position is initially for 2 years and expected to start 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Responsibilities and tasks
Corrosion in the oil and gas industry is a serious issue that results in decreased production and high operational costs. Corrosion behavior of production pipes depend on many operational parameters (e.g. CO2, H2S, pressure, temperature, interventions) and material variables (e.g. microstructure, chemical composition). Consequently, due to complex environment and synergistic effects, more than one mechanism is likely to be responsible for enhanced corrosion degradation and ultimate failure of the pipes.

Research activities in the postdoc position will focus on the following issues:

  • Defining governing parameters controlling corrosion processes in the pipes
  • Understanding corrosion mechanisms observed in the oil and gas production
  • Developing efficient mitigation techniques to minimize/hinder corrosion of the pipes
  • Developing reliable monitoring techniques
  • Developing laboratory techniques to analyze corrosion behavior of steels under simulated oil and gas conditions

The selected candidate is expected to involve in Oil&Gas related research activities and co-supervise PhD students working in this area. High cross disciplinary collaboration with the industry and other relevant research groups is expected. Work involves high level of co-ordination of projects, supervision of activities, idea generation and initiation of projects.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in Materials, Corrosion, and Surface Engineering area with prior experience on oil & gas related corrosion research. Prior Oil&Gas related industrial experience and experience in involving and managing oil and gas research projects with experience on materials and corrosion issues in the oil and gas processes is preferable. It is an advantage, if the candidate has a knowledge of various corrosion mechanisms and mitigation procedures etc. expected to be seen in oil and gas production. It is expected that the candidate have good communication skills, can pro-actively engage and co-supervise PhD students.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The employment period will be 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Rajan Ambat, DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Phone: Rajan Ambat: +45 4525 2181, e-mail:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 5 January 2020 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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