Postdoc Position in Inorganic Chemistry, Nano Science, Materials Science Jobs

    Postdoc Position in Inorganic Chemistry, Nano Science, Materials Science Jobs

    Postdoc position on the development of cementitious materials for oil-well abandonment at the Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University, Denmark (Inorganic Chemistry, Nano Science, Materials Science Jobs)

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 13, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Inorganic Chemistry
    – Material Science
    – Nanoscience
    SalaryAccording to Standard Norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Chemistry
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period30 Months


    • A PhD degree in chemistry, materials science, nanoscience or similar and documented experience in research on cementitious materials and materials characterization at the microstructural level.
    • Thus, the applicant must have a solid background in inorganic chemistry and relevant characterization techniques.
    • Moreover, the candidate should have the ability to work and collaborate in a group, to develop new ideas, and to write and communicate in English.


    In particular, experimental experience with solid-state NMR spectroscopy will be considered as a plus.

    Responsibilities/Job Description

    The project will investigate and predict changes in phase assemblage and structure of traditional well cements and novel cement materials under laboratory conditions that represent realistic approximations of field exposure (e.g., salinity, temperature, and pressure). The hydrate phases that are most prone to changes under the exposure conditions will be identified and with this knowledge, new binders will be proposed that potentially utilize the local conditions to refine microstructure through the interaction with the environment.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click APPLY ONLINE mentioned above.

    Documents Required

    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.

    About the Project

    When an oil well reaches the end of its lifetime, it must be permanently plugged and abandoned. Such plug and abandonment operations usually consist of placing several cement plugs in the wellbore to isolate the reservoir and other fluid-bearing formations. In recent years, permanent abandonment of oil wells has become an important topic due to the large number of old offshore wells in mature areas such as the North Sea.

    The position is associated with a research project between the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University and BYG-DTU, the Technical University of Denmark, which aims to explore key parametersthat determine the durability and permeability of cement paste used as barrier material in environmental conditions of a typical offshore oil well. 


    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.


    Assoc. Prof. Jørgen Skibsted

    Official advertisement

    Postdoc for development of cementitious materials for oil-well abandonment

    Post expires at 8:59am on Wednesday April 14th, 2021 (GMT+9)