The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applications for a postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on innovative material solutions for oil well abandonment.

Starting Date and Period
The position is for 1 year as a primary contract and is available from 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description/project description
In oil and gas industry, scale deposition in pipelines not only poses many serious threats in field production during the well lifetime but also in the abandonment phase when the well reaches the lifetime. Handling the huge amounts of scale is a cumbersome challenge for the industry.

This project focuses on finding innovative and effective solutions to use scale as a barrier material for well abandonment. A primary concept in consideration is to strengthen existing scale formed in the production pipes, which can then be used as part of the barriers in the abandonment. The initial emphasis in the study will be laid on the mechanical properties and permeability of the strengthened scale composite.

The successful candidate will join an ambitious international research team. As a Postdoc, you are expected to autonomously carry out research work assigned by the responsible PI. You co-supervise students (PhD, MSc and BSc) in their projects. You expand your research portfolio, and you represent our research group through publications and presentations at international conferences. You may also contribute to teaching activities.

Your profile

  • Applicants should hold a PhD in material sciences, civil engineering (materials) or relevant
  • Strong expertise within experimental work, especially related to engineering materials
  • Documented experience in scientific writing and publication in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience in developing competitive research applications
  • Research experience on calcite formation, bio-cementation, thermodynamic modeling in geochemical contexts is a plus
  • Self-motivated, pro-active, team- and goal-oriented personality
  • Full command of the English language

Place of Work
The place of work is Inge Lehmanns Gade 10 (Navitas), 8000 Aarhus, and the area of employment is the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.

Contact Information
For further information, please contact: Dr. Min Wu, +45 25683769, e-mail:

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Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in ques-tion before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

Deadline: 01 January 2021


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