The department has a very active programme in Petroleum Engineering research and benefits from strong links with industry and conducts significant industry funded research. For more information on petroleum research in the department see our research pages


Understanding Materials 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.

Determining the Magnetic Signature of Hydrocarbon-Rich Environments: A Numerical Approach [Info Sheet - Hydro‌]

Supervisors: Adrian Muxworthy and Wyn Williams (University of Edinburgh)

Capture Carbon Dioxide on Shales [Info Sheet - Carbon Dioxide and Shales‌]

Supervisors: Professors Mark A. Sephton, Craig Smalley, Al Fraser

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 

Pore-Scale Imaging, Analysis, and Data-Driven Pore-Scale Modelling [Info Sheet - Pore-Scale Imaging‌]

Supervisor: Professor Martin Blunt

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

Supervisor: Professor Martin Blunt

CASE 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 [Info sheet: CO2 storage capacity]

Supervisor: Sam Krevor

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)

Pore-scale Imaging and Analysis of Multiphase Flow in Improved Oil Recovery by X-Ray Tomography [‌]
Dr. Branko Bijeljic and Martin Blunt 

Pore-scale Modelling and Analysis of Reactive Transportin Carbon Storage and Oil Recovery [Info Sheet - Reactive Transport]
Dr. Branko Bijeljic

Modelling the physics of granular rock compaction for characterisation of flow in reservoirs [Info sheet]

JP LathamJiansheng Xiang and Martin Blunt

Measuring and modelling the interfacial properties of crude oil [Info Sheet - Measuring and modelling interfacial properties‌]

Supervisor: Professor Matthew Jackson