PhD Position in Geothermal Energy Research

Research / Academic

The objective of this project is to quantify the reservoir properties of Triassic sandstones in Southern Netherlands at depths beyond 1500m in order to assess uncertainty and reduce the risks for future deep geothermal operations. Many Westland geothermal projects at depths between 1500 and 2500m are successful. However, the Triassic reservoirs are geologically much older and therefore have a higher chance of complicating histories. The TRIAS Westland core (NLW-GT-01) analyses show that Triassic sandstone diagenesis is hampering water flow by a reduced permeability in layers at 4200m depth. It shows that to successfully predict heat production there is insufficient knowledge of these sediments, their mineralogy, local structural characteristics, spatial heterogeneity and diagenesis. We propose an innovative integrated sedimentary, structural and diagenetic study to assess, quantify and map their suitability for deep geothermal exploitation in the southern Netherlands. This work should substantiate if and where new deep geothermal projects in the Dutch Roer Valley Graben will be economically feasible.


  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in geology, or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • A strong documented background and interest in sedimentology/stratigraphy, and/or with experience from integrated structural/stratigraphic work will be preferred.
  • Candidates who also possess a good understanding of sedimentology/stratigraphy, and/or with experience from integrated structural/stratigraphic work will be preferred.
  • Experience from wellbore core analysis is an advantage.
  • Experience with any of the following is of potential interest to the project: microstructural analysis and various micro-analytical techniques, porosity and permeability analyses, structurally controlled fluid flow and diagenesis, reservoir/aquifer geology.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Candidates must be prepared to interact with industry sponsors, although no such previous experience is required.

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The minimum salary mentioned is the salary in your first year. The salary mentioned as the maximum will be your salary in your fourth year.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit TU Delft Graduate School  more information.

Work Hours:

36 - 40 hours per week


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