Research Assistant/Associate in Well Management

Department of Engineering, West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 23rd Feb 2021
  • Salary: £26,715 - £30,942
    or £32,816 - £40,322
  • REF: NM25798
  • Closes: 21st March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Outstanding applicants are sought for the post of Research Assistant/Associate in wellbore-strengthening processes in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University. The project is funded by the International Centre for Advanced Materials ( The post holder will be part of a team researching wellbore stability and management strategies in collaboration with BP and the University of Manchester.

The post holder will be located in the new Civil Engineering Building, West Cambridge, UK.

The project fits within the larger goal of developing innovative strategies for wellbore-strengthening through successful management of drilling fluid characteristics. The successful candidate will carry out research on the role of filter cakes in the hydraulic fracturing process through numerical or analytical techniques.

The key responsibilities and duties are: analyse laboratory experiments on formation and rupture resistance of filter cakes; establish a robust process for numerical analysis of the formation and rupture of filter cakes during the filtration process, validated through comparison with experimental results; develop numerical or analytical models to simulate hydraulic fracture propagation in geological materials in the presence of a filter cake layer; writing project reports and attending meetings with project partners; writing research publications, and attend conferences.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Having obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in petroleum, chemical engineering, geotechnical engineering or related subject
  • Ability to carry out finite element analyses of coupled hydro-mechanical problems
  • Experience with analysis of filtration and hydraulic fracturing processes
  • Knowledge of wellbore drilling processes
  • Good verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • A strong work ethic and a positive attitude
  • A track record of authoring high quality academic publications

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,715 – £30,942; Research Associate: £32,816 – £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 15 months in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter and a list of publications in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Ms Magdalena Charytoniuk by email:

Please quote reference NM25798 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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