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Postdoctoral Fellow: Computational Geomechanics and Multiphase Flow

Computational Geomechanics and Multiphase Flow


Postdoctoral Fellow

Job description:

The research group of Professor Hamdi Tchelepi in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences seeks recent Ph.D. scientists of exceptional promise for two postdoctoral positions in the domain of computational geomechanics and multiphase flow. The positions offer opportunities to develop innovative research programs in the context of a new collaborative effort between Stanford University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and TOTAL. The objective of this project is to define and develop the next-generation multiphysics massively parallel research simulator, compatible with next-generation supercomputers, with a strong emphasis on coupled flow, transport and geomechanics in the presence of strong heterogeneities and fractures. Unconventional reservoirs and CO2 geological storage are the first targeted applications.

Successful candidates will conduct original research in geomechanics and multiphase flow processes in porous and fractured media. They will develop scalable numerical algorithms to efficiently simulate and model these processes on high-performance computing platforms with focus on multilevel approaches. The research results will be published in technical reports and peer-reviewed journals as well as presented at scientific conferences.

Applicants should expect travelling as a requirement to coordinate research with internal and external collaborators and sponsors. The positions offer excellent salary and benefits and are generally made for a starting term of two years.


  • Recent PhD in Computational Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Geomechanics or related fields.
  • Excellent experience in the development of implicit finite element, finite volume, finite difference methods for coupled multiphysics problem in heterogeneous porous and fractured media
  • Excellent knowledge of advanced programming languages such as C++
  • Excellent experience in using advanced programming/fluency in Python, FORTRAN, C++, or C and experience developing and implementing algorithms for massively-parallel computer architectures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations, seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  • Experience collaborating effectively with a team of scientists of diverse backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in developing and running massively parallel simulation codes and familiarity with software development on Unix-like operating systems.
  • Experience performing large-scale simulations and convergence studies to validate multiphase flow in porous media, nonlinear geomechanical material, and multiphysics coupling codes.

Desired Start:

As soon as possible

Contact Name: 
Alexandre Lapene
Contact Email:

How to Apply

Contacts: To apply, please forward your cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to Professor Hamdi Tchelepi ( and Dr. Alexandre Lapene (

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