Postdoc in Corrosion in Oil and Gas

The Materials and Surface Engineering section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark are seeking candidate for one Postdoc position in the field of “Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industry”. The Postdoc position is for a period of 1.5 years starting from the 1 August 2019.

Corrosion in the oil and gas industry is a serious issue that results in decreased production and high operational costs. Corrosion behavior of production pipes depend on many operational parameters (e.g. CO
2, H2S, pressure, temperature, interventions) and material variables (e.g. microstructure, chemical composition). Consequently, due to complex environment and synergistic effects, more than one mechanism is likely to be responsible for enhanced corrosion degradation and ultimate failure of the pipes. In order to prevent undesired failures and optimize maintenance of the pipes, reliable corrosion monitoring system is of high importance. Nevertheless, current monitoring technique, applied in the North Sea, do not provide information on the pitting underneath inorganic/corrosion scales, built on the steel surface. This puts the safety of the operation under the risk and results in unexpected pipe failure and blow-ups.

Responsibilities and tasks
Consequently, research activities in the intended Postdoc position will focus on the following issues:  

  • Development, together with a supplier, reliable fiber optic sensors for corrosion monitoring under oil and gas conditions
  • Performing corrosion small- and mid-scale experiments to evaluate the performance of corrosion sensors
The selected candidate is expected to work closely with other researchers and sensor supplier on the corrosion in oil and gas. Work involves some level of co-ordination, travel, and supervision activities. Research activities will involve corrosion and mechanical testing of materials similar to the test methods for stress corrosion cracking to assess the performance of the sensors.

Candidates for the position should have a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Engineering with experience of mechanical testing of materials, Corrosion or stress corrosion cracking or related expertise. Prior experience to oil and gas corrosion will be an advantage. Combination of knowledge in stress/strain changes on materials due to corrosion and related topics are preferred.

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 appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Rajan Ambat, phone: +45 4525 2181, e-mail: or Magdalena Rogowska, e-mail:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 10 May 2019 (local time)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, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 150 persons, 95 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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 academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

Deadline: 10 May 2019
Unit: DTU Mechanical Eng
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Post expires on Friday May 10th, 2019