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18-months Postdoctoral position in HT/HP petrophysics

The Laboratoire Géosciences Montpellier - University Montpellier 2/CNRS - is seeking a motivated candidate with proven research potential in the field of high temperature/high pressure experimentation and petrophysics.

Position description. Géosciences Montpellier is a partner of the IMAGE project (« Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration », a 4-years project of the 7th European Framework Program, starting 01.11.2013.

The IMAGE project will develop a reliable science based exploration and assessment method to image geothermal reservoirs using an interdisciplinary approach. It comprises 19 academic and private partners in Europe. Géosciences Montpellier contribution to this program consists in improving our knowledge on the behaviour of deepest hydro-geothermal reservoirs, in magmatic environments, by performing experimental measurements of petrophysical properties of rocks at high temperature and high pressure.

The selected candidate will perform experimental measurements of electrical conductivity and permeability of basaltic rocks up to 700°C, 200 MPa in presence of a pore fluid and if possible, under deviatoric stress, in order to simulate the deep reservoirs conditions. The Paterson press of the laboratoire Géosciences Montpellier, an internally heated gas pressure apparatus, will be the central tool of this study.

The candidate will participate to annual meetings and workshops organized by the IMAGE consortium. She/he will have the opportunity to confront the experimental results with geological and geophysical observations obtained by the other partners.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Earth Sciences or experimental physics. Established skills in HT/HP experimentation are essential. In addition, an experience in microanalysis techniques will be necessary (optical microscopy, SEM, EPMA), as microscale observations on pre- and post- run samples are essential for linking measured physical properties to mineralogy, deformation microstructures, chemistry. Finally, experimental or theoretical skills in rock physics (e.g., electrical conductivity, permeability, acoustic properties, rheology) will be appreciated.

Start date : 01/09/2014. Salary : 1880 euros net/month Application : Applications for the position close on June 15th, 2014. Applications have to include a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and names and contact details of at least two referees.

Address of the laboratory and contact : Contact : Benoit Gibert ( Laboratoire Géosciences Montpellier CC060 Université Montpellier II Place Eugène Bataillon 34095 Montpellier cedex 5

Application shall be uploaded (Déposer un dossier) to : http://www.recrutements.univ-montp2... Job offer can be found under "CDD" - "CCD / GEOSCIENCES/POST DOCTORAT / GEOTHERMICIEN" Additional information on Géosciences Montpellier is available here :

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