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Postdoc Position (f/m/d) on Numerical Simulations in Geothermal Research

Organizational unit

Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW)

Job description

KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is strongly expanding its geothermal program. The division of Geothermal Energy & Reservoir Technology ( focuses on scientific and technological challenges of using geothermal energy. Projects are often conducted in an international context and are expanding from the local Upper Rhine Graben up to South America. Important studies in the context of the Helmholtz large infrastructure initiatives GeoLaB and DeepStor are accomplished. GeoLaB foresees to construct an underground research laboratory in a crystalline mining facility used for large-scale hydraulic experiments to quantify coupled THMC processes. DeepStor will test high temperature storage in a 1 km deep well on the KIT campus. Both projects are accompanied by extensive mechanical and tomographic measurements and will lead towards a unique bench mark data set and numerical interpretation of coupled processes in geothermal reservoirs.

An enthusiastic postdoc (f/m/d) is invited to join our research team to continue our numerical developments on a Multi-Physics Platform for the preparation of the future large-scale experiments at GeoLaB and DeepStor. The goal of this platform is to model coupled processes of geothermal reservoirs and scientific infrastructures. The field of work includes an independent elaboration of proposals, a supervision of students and a participation in teaching activities as well as general organizational tasks of the division.

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

You have a successful PhD degree in geosciences with knowledge of physical processes and advanced experience on the elaboration of numerical codes and models (preferably on the MOOSE platform). We expect skills in scientific writing and a keen interest in working closely with our international team. Readiness for acquiring the German language (in spoken and written form) is indispensable.


The salary is based upon the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L E13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Contract duration

fixed-term employment contract for 3 years with a possibility of permanency

Application up to

November 15, 2021

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Silke Schlichting, phone: +49 721 6084 5222.


Please send your application including a cover letter, your CV with research experience (english), and all certificates/referees in electronic form to:

vacancy number: 2142/2021

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.