For Section 4.8 "Geoenergy" we invite applications for a

PostDoc position: computational methods for hydraulic fracture propagation

Job Vacancy No. 2295

Within the framework the EU-Horizon2020 project GEMex, we offer a postdoctoral position to perform research on computational methods for hydraulic fracture propagation (Phase-field, Damage mechanics, thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling) in porous media of super-hot and supercritical geothermal systems. The proposed methods and models will be integrated into the open-source Finite Element platform OpenGeoSys. The work is expected to contribute to the concept development for the development and exploitation of such high-enthalpy geothermal systems.

Your responsibilities:

  • test the OpenGeoSys implementation for efficiency, numerical stability and robustness
  • validate the numerical models against experimental data obtained from laboratory experiments and in-situ data
  • prepare project deliverables and and monitor milestones according to the funding source requirements
  • presentation of results at international conferences and workshops
  • publication of results in internationally reviewed journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master (or equivalent) and PhD degree in applied sciences (preferably Geophysics, Mechanical/Civil Engineering, Applied or Theoretical Physics, Applied Mathematics)
  • advanced experience in programming (preferably in C++)
  • knowledge on geothermal systems, mechanics of porous media and the Finite Element Method
  • strong problem-solving skills, excellent academic records and proficiency in English
  • good communication skills, creative thinking, team working capabilities
  • a scientific attitude and the drive to produce impactful scientific research
Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: until end of May 2020
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Location: Potsdam
You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.
The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (www.geo-x.net), and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.
Please submit your application online by 22nd April 2019 using the "Apply" button.
Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.
We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.
If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.