The department conducts a highly active research group in fluid flow that benefits from worldclass codes, developed inhouse, and computational facilities. For more information see our computational modelling group's research pages. If you are interested in one of the projects listed below please feel free to contact the associated staff.


Chemical Transport and Adsorption in Hierarchical Porous Solids [Info Sheet - Chemical Transport InFUSE]

Supervisors: Dr Ronny Pini; Prof. Camille Petit, Department of Chemical Engineering; Prof. Martin Blunt, Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Minimal surfaces in porous materials: wettability design for optimal flow performance [Info Sheet - Minimal Surfaces InFUSE]

Supervisors: Prof. Martin Blunt; Dr Branko Bijeljic, Department of Earth Science and Engineering; Prof. Jerry Heng, Department of Chemical Engineering

Understanding Material Interfaces in Systems for the Energy Transition [‌Info Sheet - InFUSE 2022‌]

Up to 10 positions are available. We welcome applications from candidates for October 2022 entry to join the multidisciplinary project InFUSE whose aim is to study key material and fluid interfaces across a range of application areas with direct impact on the energy transition. There are a range of projects available within the research programme, and successful applicants will choose a project following discussions with the programme team and supervisors. Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for these posts can be made to Dr. Ronny Pini.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Bhavna Patel or Amy Nommeots-Nomm.

Large Scale AI Modelling for Environmental Flows [Info Sheet - Environmental Flows]

Supervisors: Dr Claire HeaneyProf. Christopher Pain

Applying Dimensionality Reduction to Solutions on Finite Element Meshes with Autoencoders [Info Sheet - Autoencoders]

Supervisors: Dr Claire HeaneyProf. Christopher Pain

Modelling Extreme Weather Events using Data Science, Machine Learning, and Social Sentiments [‌Info Sheet - Modelling Extreme Weather]

Supervisor: Dr Rossella Arcucci

Coupling Life Cycle Assessment and modelling tools to inform sustainable mineral resource management  [‌‌Info Sheet - Life Cycle Assessment]

Supervisor: Dr Pablo Brito-Parada (Imperial College London) and Dr Stephanie Muller (BRGM, France)

Breathe In, Breathe Out, combining machine learning with data analysis, fusion and data assimilation for incomplete, noisy air pollution data [Info Sheet - Breathe In, Breathe Out‌]

Supervisor: Dr Rossella Arcucci 

Automated Crater Detection and Classification with Machine Learning [Info Sheet - Automated Crater Detection‌]

Supervisors: Professor Gareth CollinsDr. Navjot Kukreja (Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool), Assoc. Professor Nicholas Warner (Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo, USA)

PhD studentship in Next-Generation Fracture Modelling [Info Sheet – Fracture Modelling]

Supervisor: Dr Adriana Paluszny, including interaction with Professor Robert Zimmerman
Applications from women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

Five PhD studentships in CO2 storage, enhanced oil recovery technologies and digital rocks [Info Sheet - CO2 storage, EOR, Digital rocks]

Supervisors: Professor Martin Blunt and Dr Sam Krevor
Contact: Bhavna Patel 

A Machine Learning Approach to Represent Carbonate Heterogeneities in Forward Stratigraphic Models [Info Sheet - Machine Learning‌]

Supervisor: Dr Cédric M. John

Extending the carbonate clumped isotopes paleothermometer to new mineral systems: a computer modelling approach [Info Sheet - Clumped Isotope Modelling]

Supervisor: Dr Cédric M. John

Topology, wettability and fluid flow in porous materials [Info Sheet - Topology]

Supervisor: Professor Martin Blunt

Accelerating Scientific Discovery of Complex Scientific Applications with Process-Guided Deep Learning: Aquatic Eco-Dynamics in Lakes [Info Sheet - Imperial_lakes_phd‌ ]

Supervisors: Professor Matthew Piggott (Imperial College London), Dr R. Iestyn Woolway (University of Reading), Professor Stephen Maberly (UK CEH)

EPSRC CASE studentship:
Dynamic semi-structured meshes for fast numerical simulation of Multi-Phase Modelling in Oil and Gas
Info Sheet - Dynamic semi-structured meshes

For further information and to apply, please contact supervisors Prof. Christopher Pain or Dr Pablo Salinas

Understanding how subduction has shaped Circum-Pacific tectonics using 3D numerical models [Info Sheet - Subduction dynamics‌]

Supervision: Prof Saskia Goes, Dr Gareth Roberts

iCASE studentship: Pore-to-core linkages and upscaling for CO2 Storage in carbonates [Info Sheet - Digital Rock CO2 Storage‌]

Supervisor: Sam Krevor

Global CO2 storage capacity: Modeling limitations of geography and injectivity [

Supervisor: Sam Krevor

Modelling and predicting flotation froth stability [Info Sheet - Froth stability]
Supervisors: Dr Pablo Brito-Parada and Prof. Stephen Neethling

Modeling the global Pb cycle: from industrial emissions to the bottom of the ocean [Info Sheet‌]

 Yves Plancherel

High enthalpy geothermal reservoir modelling and optimisation using dynamic mesh optimisation and surface-based modelling [Info Sheet - Geothermal_high_enthalpy_systems‌]

Understanding surface processes on Venus: in support ofthe EnVision mission [Info sheet

Philippa Mason, Richard GhailGareth Roberts

Multi-scale characterization of water flow in submarine hydrothermal systems [Info Sheet - Rainbow-modelling+lab]

Supervisors: Michele PaulattoSam Krevor, Carl JacquemynMatthew Jackson

High resolution 3D imaging of an oceanic core complex: interaction of magma, water and faults on the mid-Atlantic ridge [Info Sheet - Rainbow_FWI]

Supervisors: Michele PaulattoJoanna Morgan

Multi-parameter geophysical imaging of Santorini Volcano [Info Sheet - Santorini]

Supervisors: Michele PaulattoJoanna Morgan

Modelling modern carbonates (Bahamas, Great Barrier Reef) using numerical approaches [Info sheet]
Supervisor: Dr Cédric M. John

Understanding and minimising the potential environmental impacts of tidal range (lagoon) based renewable energy generation via advanced numerical modelling [Info sheet]

Supervisor: Matthew Piggott

Impact Processing of Planetary Crust [‌Info sheet‌]

Supervisors: Gareth Collins and Mark Wieczorek (IPGP)

Multiscale modeling of compaction of primitive solar system materials [Info sheet]
Supervisors: Gareth Collins, Tom Davison and Phil Bland (Curtin)

Decoding inner solar system bombardment from impact crater populations [Info sheetInfo Sheet‌]

Supervisor: Gareth Collins

Simulating submarine slide tsunami inundation of the Shetland Islands [Info sheet]

Supervisors: Gareth CollinsMatt Piggott, Sue Dawson (Dundee)

Optimisation of sensor locations for observation of air flows/pollutions [Info sheet]

Fangxin Fang, Christopher Pain

Rapid Response Modelling for Assessment of Pollution and Toxic Releases in Complex Urban Environments [Info sheet]

Fangxin Fang, Christopher Pain

New generation data assimilation and rapid response models for urban flooding [Info sheet]

Fangxin Fang, Christopher Pain

Modeling landscape evolution through space and time [Landscape_PhD_2016]

Gareth Roberts, Matthew Piggott, Gareth Collins, Alex Whittaker

Continental Uplift and Erosion From Drainage Patterns: Predicting Sedimentary Flux to Passive Margins [O_and_G_PhD2017b]

Gareth Roberts and Matt Piggott

Redundancy, retiming and data flow in compiling finite-difference applications for many core architectures [Info sheet]

Gerard Gorman, Paul Kelly and Fabio Luporini

Simulation of geo-thermal wells with reduced order modelling and data assimilation [Info sheet]

Claire Heaney, Pablo Salinas, Christopher Pain and Matthew Jackson

Dynamic semi-structured meshes for fast numerical simulation of MultiPhase Modelling in Oil and Gas [Info Sheet - Semi Structured Meshes]

EPSRC CASE studentship sponsored by industrial partner BP PLC

Proposed Supervisors: Professor C. C. PainDr P. Salinas, Dr A. I. Obeysekara and Dr A. Nicolle (BP)

Modelling the physics of granular rock compaction for characterisation of flow in reservoirs [Info sheet]
‌Supervisors: ‌
JP LathamJiansheng Xiang and Martin Blunt

 Geological representation of highly heterogeneous reservoirs and aquifers using NURBS and dynamic mesh optimisation [Info Sheet: Geological representation of heterogeneous reservoirs & aquifers‌]

Pablo SalinasCarl JacquemynChristopher Pain and Matthew Jackson

Reactive porous media flow using dynamic mesh optimisation and surface-based modelling [Info sheet: Reactive porous media flow‌]

Pablo SalinasCarl Jacquemyn and Matthew Jackson

Stokes-flow solver for pore-scale modelling of flow using dynamic mesh optimisation and surface-based modelling [Info sheet: Stokes-flow solver for pore-scale modelling of flow‌]

Pablo SalinasMatthew Jackson and Christopher Pain

Modelling High Temperature Subsurface Energy Storage using Dynamic Mesh Optimisation [Info sheet: Modelling High Temperature Subsurface Energy Storage]

Pablo SalinasCarl Jacquemyn and Matthew Jackson

Hydrogen subsurface storage efficiency analysis using dynamic mesh optimisation [Info sheet: Hydrogen subsurface storage efficiency analysis‌]

Matthew Jackson and Pablo Salinas

Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs [Info sheet: Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs]

Matthew JacksonPablo Salinas, Haiyang Hu and Jon Blundy (University of Oxford)

Modelling the Giant South Pole-Aitken basin [Info sheet: Modelling the Giant South Pole-Aitken basin]

Professor Gareth Collins (

Meteoroid fragmentation in planetary atmospheres and the formation of crater clusters on Earth and Mars [Info sheet: Meteoroid fragmentation]

Professor Gareth Collins (