Senior Researcher in X-ray Imaging within CO2 Storage and Offshore

Friday 29 Apr 22

Senior Researcher in X-ray Imaging within CO2 Storage and Offshore


DTU Physics at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as senior researcher in the field of x-ray imaging within CO2 storage, geology and offshore technology.

The position is part of a collaboration between the 3D x-ray imaging center (3DIM) and Danish Offshore Technology Center (DOTC). 3DIM comprises 20 people, performing basic and applied research with x-rays in a wide range of fields, including CO2 capture and storage. The 3DIM center inaugurated a 1000 m^3 lab facility at DTU in 2021 and will start operating a beamline at MAX IV start 2023. The imaging center also supports instrumentation and software developments.

DTU Offshore (Danish Offshore Technology Centre) is Denmark’s national R&D centre for offshore technologies and holds a central position in the energy transition. It develops research-based technology solutions for the offshore industry in the North Sea. The Center’s research encompasses carbon storage, digital solutions for the offshore sector, produced water management, well and platform maintenance, recovery of remaining oil and gas resources, and efficient and responsible abandonment of depleted oil and gas fields.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The research focus for this position is on rock characterization by x-ray tomography and applications within the fields of CO2 storage and offshore technology in collaboration with researchers at DOTC.

The candidate will oversee x-ray tomography activities at DOTC. This will involve optimization of hardware and software/data analysis protocols for CT scanning of reservoir core materials both in dry state and with the material saturated with fluids. The experimental work will also include setting up the system for x-ray scanning during flow experiments. The equipment at DOTC includes a micro CT scanners and a sub-micro CT scanner. Activities on CO2  storage involve experiments investigating the changes occurring at pore scale when carbonate rocks are brought into contact with CO2 and carbonated water. The candidate will work closely with postdoc researchers and PhD students at DOTC who are working on various projects relating to flow in porous rock material and should facilitate exploiting the synergy between 3DIM and DOTC. She or he will participate in group activities both places, with the physical facilities being located within 500 m from each other. We anticipate that the candidate takes new initiatives within the field, leading to grants, an increased network or commercial activities.

For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses for the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first 2-3 years.

Candidates must

  • hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.
  • be an expert in data acquisition and data analysis using X-ray imaging techniques,
  • be a team player with an ability to foster the collaboration between groups,
  • be motivated by both individual and team accomplishments. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU. In addition, we expect you to be interested in collaboration and take personal responsibility for your work.

A background within geophysics, CO2 storage and/or experience with studies of rocks using tomography is a plus. 

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

For the specific position, consideration will also be given to:

  • Experience with running a research group and leading science
  • A strong academic and industrial network within the research field

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Henning Friis Poulsen, tel: +45 2339 6938. You can read more about DTU Physics at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

The position is time limited to 31 July 2024.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 16 May 2022 (Danish 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)
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

Applications 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.

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