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PhD Position Experimental Rock Mechanics

The TU Delft is opening a PhD position in the project 'Minimizing the risk of induced seismicity associated with geothermal energy in fractured reservoirs', a …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


The TU Delft is opening a PhD position in the project 'Minimizing the risk of induced seismicity associated with geothermal energy in fractured reservoirs', a project in the context of geothermal energy. Induced earthquakes are among the biggest problems for subsurface operations, where especially in fractured reservoirs the risk is considered significant. The aim of this project is to gain insight into the complex interactions between processes inducing stress changes on faults above, in, and below a fractured carbonate reservoir and the subsequent reactivation of these faults.

Note that the experimental work will take place 50% at the Rock Deformation lab at TU Delft (supervision by dr. A. Pluymakers), and 50% at the HPT lab at Utrecht University (supervision by dr. A. Niemeijer). The PhD student on this experimental project will work closely together with a PhD student on a numerical PhD project. Both PhDs will be in contact with an international industrial/academic steering committee.


We welcome applications from the STEM disciplines, including (but not limited to) Earth Sciences, Civil / Mechanical / Petroleum Engeering. We are looking for candidates with strong scientific skills and curiosity. The absolute requirements are the following:

  • Affinity for lab work
  • Basic data processing skills
  • Good command of English language
  • Public awareness
  • Team player

Knowledge of Dutch and/or German language would be a plus.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. A. Pluymakers (anne.pluymakers@tudelft.nl) or dr. A. Niemeijer (A.R.Niemeijer@uu.nl).