Research Fellow within fluid dynamics
University of Stavanger, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering

Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering invites applications for position as

Research Fellow within fluid dynamics


Job description
The University of Stavanger invites applications for a research fellowship within fluid dynamics at the Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering. The position will involve experimental analysis and modelling of fluid displacements in eccentric annuli. The position is vacant from December 1, 2019.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.

The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.

The PhD position will be part of the research project Steady displacements for conventional and reverse circulation primary cementing and is funded by the Research Council’s Petromaks2 program (grant no. 294815). The research project aims at developing a better understanding of fluid displacement flows in eccentric annuli through experiments and numerical modelling. The project is a joint research initiative together with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre), University of Stavanger and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The working place for the PhD candidate will be at the University of Stavanger. A research stay for up to 1 semester at University of British Columbia is planned for the PhD candidate.

The study of fluid displacement in eccentric annuli is mainly motivated by primary cementing of wells for geothermal energy production, petroleum production or carbon storage. As part of primary cementing, the original well fluid that is located between two casings of different diameters, or between the casing and formation, must be displaced and replaced by a cement slurry. The displacement process is governed by flow rate, density- and viscosity hierarchies between well fluids, as well as the annulus geometry. Primary cementing is a particularly critical well construction operation as the quality of the hardened cement determines the potential for leaks along the well path and to external environments. By improving our understanding of how different forces affect the process, fluid displacements can be optimized in future cementing operations and thereby contribute to higher quality well barriers and improved safety.

The intention of this project is to study both conventional and reverse circulation displacement processes in eccentric annuli experimentally, theoretically and numerically through a research collaboration between the university, NORCE and an internationally leading academic group within modelling and analyses of fluid displacements. Both conventional and reverse circulation will be studied; the main difference between the two is the positioning of the denser displacing fluid (respectively below or above) the lighter, to-be displaced fluid. The latter method has been applied in several wells for geothermal energy production. The PhD position is mainly connected to experimental studies of fluid displacements, but can also include theoretical and numerical analysis of the process, depending on the background and research interests of the applicant. The experimental results will be essential for the further theoretical and numerical work to be performed by NORCE and the University of British Columbia.


Qualification requirements
We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within physics, applied mathematics, computational sciences, or any other relevant natural science or engineering discipline, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the Univeristy of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale.


The PhD candidate should possess knowledge and experience within preferably one or more of the following topics:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Fluid dynamics; experimentally and/or numerically
  • Instrumentation

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • ability to work structured and handle a heavy workload
  • having a good command of both oral and written English


We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449.400,- gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the SIS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • "Hjem-jobb-hjem" discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses


Other information
See "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident" at the University of Stavanger.

It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence which enables him or her to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The University currently employs few female research fellows within this academic field, and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.


Contact information
More information on the position can be obtained from Professor Rune Wiggo Time ( or Senior Researcher Steinar Kragset (

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Margot A.Treen, tel: +47 51831419, e-mail:


To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience. In your application letter you must show your research interests and motivation to apply for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files: 

  • certificates/diplomas 
  • references
  • list of publications 
  • other documentation that you consider relevant


The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.


UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown
The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 11,000 students and 1,600 employees. The University is located in the third largest urban region in Norway, with a dynamic labor market and exciting cultural and leisure activities. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will be a driving force in the development of knowledge in the region, and an international research university with an emphasis on innovation. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The department carries out research and offers study programs at all levels in Drilling Technology, Natural Gas Technology, Petroleum Engineering and Energy Technology. The department has established close research collaboration with the Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE) and the oil industry. The department focuses on internationalization, with development of English lingual study programs and high mobility among academic staff and students. There are currently 90 employees including research fellows and postdocs, and 750 students at the department.


19th September 2019

University of Stavanger



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