The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position focusing on optimizing fluid transport and geochemical controls on mineral carbonation in natural basalt reservoirs. Based on recent successes in on-land pilot projects, offshore basalts may offer large-scale repositories to safely store CO2 and combat climate change. Research is needed to optimize mineralization, accurately assess CO2 storage capacities, and develop effective long-term monitoring methods. This postdoctoral researcher will work collaboratively with other researchers at Lamont Doherty and with research partners at the U.S. National Laboratories and other Universities in ongoing projects to advance technologies for CO2 injection and monitoring, such as:
Investigating the geochemical, pH, and transport controls on mineral carbonation in fractured basalts and the injection stability of CO2 and seawater in reactive subsurface systems.
Using numerical models to assess CO2 and water injection strategies that avoid clogging a well or basalt reservoir due to mineral carbonation.
Integrating laboratory information, carbonate precipitation kinetics, and site-specific data to develop new approaches for effective in situ monitoring of mineral carbonation.
Working towards field-scale implementation of CO2 storage demonstration projects in offshore basalt reservoirs.
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