Technical University of Denmark, The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre

2300 14074Position ID: DHRTC-POSTDOCNUMMODEL [#14074]
Position Title: Postdoc in Numerical Modelling of Fracture Growth in a Geological Setting
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Kgs. Lyngby, Hovedstaden 2800, Denmark [map]
Subject Area: Developing new analytical and numerical geomechanical models
Application Deadline: 2019/08/18 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/07/02, finished 2020/01/06, listed until 2019/08/18)
Position Description:    

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 The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) would like to invite applications for a 3-year postdoc position starting 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

DHRTC is currently working on a project to develop new methods of simulating the growth of natural fracture networks over large geological structures, using a combination of linear elastic fracture mechanics and statistical mechanics. This will allow us to better understand controls on the evolution and geometry of natural fracture networks, and better predict the occurrence and distribution of such fractures in the subsurface. Understanding fracture systems is very important for hydrocarbon extraction and other industries such as CO2 storage and geothermal. It will also make it possible to generate more accurate and realistic Discrete Fracture Network models, which are used in fluid flow simulations. We are looking for a new postdoc to join this team to help develop these algorithms and techniques to model fracture growth in complex geological environments.


This postdoc offers a chance to join an expanding team, developing new techniques for understanding and modelling natural fractures. This project gives the opportunity to work closely with industry and universities in Denmark and internationally to test and apply the new models. This position would therefore suit someone looking for a career in applied research and interested in helping to develop an exciting new area of geomechanics and large scale fracture modelling.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will be employed at DTU with the task of developing new analytical and numerical geomechanical models. The focus will be on modelling the propagation of fractures across mechanical boundaries and the effect of stress orientation on fracture growth. The position will also involve testing and applying the models in an industry environment.




  • Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in physical science, engineering or mathematics.
  • Strong background in numerical modelling including designing and implementing new modelling techniques.
  • Skilled in scientific programming in an object oriented language such as C#, C++, Matlab or Python.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and report writing skills in English.


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 position offers a competitive salary with supplements based on qualifications and experience, according to the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is three years (from the date of employment) and will be based at DHRTC.

You can read more about 
career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Michael Welch, or Senior Researcher Mikael Lüthje,

You can read about the scientific basis for the center’s activities here:  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 18 August 2019 (local time).

Apply online at


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, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


DHRTC was established in 2014 as part of a National strategy in agreement between the Danish state, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and its partners and the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) consisting of Total, Shell, Chevron and Nordsøfonden. DHRTC is a partnership of five universities and research institutions: DTU, Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. DHRTC is established in close collaboration with DUC partners on all levels. Our vision is based on new, innovative collaboration between industry and universities in order to solve significant, cross-disciplinary technical challenges.


DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies. 

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Contact: Michael Welch
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Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU
Bygning 375
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
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