The Computational Hydrocarbon Laboratory for Optimized Energy Efficiency (CHLOE) is recruiting a Research Engineer on a position to simulate CO2 injection either into depleted geological gas reservoir, or saline aquifers. Research objectives will be to study all the identified physical phenomena and their consequences including multiphase thermal flow, water vaporization, salt deposition, hydrate formation, thermo- and hydro-mechanical effects.

CHLOE is a R&D group based at the University of Pau (south-west of France), consisting of 6 specialists, a few PhD students and trainees (see CHLOE collaborates with other laboratories at the University and is sponsored by a major Energies company, as part of the energy transition.

The missions of CHLOE are:

  • to develop relevant tools and workflow for pore scale simulations (PNM…) to derive absolute and relative permeabilities.
  • to significantly improve the understanding of geological storage of CO2, or new fuels (including H2), derive relevant models and methodologies, evaluate coupled reservoir-geomechanics simulators, and assess industrial projects,
  • to develop models to be implemented in reservoir and gas storage simulators,
  • to assess underground energy production techniques.

Job description

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. For the accomplishment of this mission, he/she will have the following functions: 

  • make proposals based on the existing analysis,
  • define and benchmark simulation tools adapted to represent either the near wellbore area, or up to a larger volume including underburden, overburden, sideburden,
  • integrate this into a heterogeneous 3D geological reservoir simulation model.

Job requirements 

As a candidate, you should possess a PhD degree, a background in reservoir engineering or in related disciplines, including chemical engineering, physics or applied mathematics, with a research skill in numerical modelling. However, candidates with relevant qualifications (Engineer degree or Master) with three or more years of research experience in the industry will be also considered.

Strong knowledge of fluid mechanics modelling methods, multiphase and thermodynamic flows are required. 

Experience in thermodynamic description of reservoir fluids and CO2, in particular, and participation in industrial projects will be greatly appreciated.

Computer science

Proficiency in modern programming language (e.g. Java, Python, Matlab), and proven experience in programming are desirable. Mastery of reservoir simulation software and skills in programming is desirable.

Professional proficiency in English is required and some knowledge or the willingness to acquire the French language will be appreciated.

You will join ADERA, which is a regional company facilitating the management of research projects.

A salary of 40 – 55 k€ is part of the offered package.

Project duration is foreseen to last from 36 months.

If interested, please submit an application with your CV to: chloe-rh @