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Curtin Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (COGIC) PhD Scholarship

Status: Open
Applications open: 22/02/2018
Applications close: 22/03/2018

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

As hydrocarbon reservoirs mature they produce increasing amounts of water. Currently, it is estimated that around 4-10 barrels of water being produced per barrel of oil, globally. The associated cost of this excess water production is around $200 billion per annum which is related to treating the water and the loss of hydrocarbon revenue. This number does not include the knock on effects of water production including corrosion, hydrates and hydrocarbon processing.

In recent years, CSIRO has developed a chemical technology for carbonate reservoirs that has the potential to reduce water production whilst having minimal effect on the oil phase. Generally, such materials are known as relative permeability modifiers (RPMs). They can reduce hydrocarbon production costs, make marginal fields viable and increase well lifetime. In collaboration with CSIRO, COGIC researchers have already done some preliminary testing on the developed chemicals using real rock samples and under reservoir conditions resulting in promising early outcomes. 

There are opportunities to explore the fundamental mechanisms behind the RPM phenomena which can assist with the development of the next generation RPMs. CSIRO and Curtin, through the Curtin Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (COGIC), have expertise and infrastructure to investigate such mechanisms and explore the effect of polymer structure on performance.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Engineering
  • WASM
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded



Living stipend will be awarded to the successful applicant. The living stipend is paid by Curtin University through COGIC according to the Australian Government RTP scholarship base rate of AU$27, 082.00 (2018) per annum.

The student undertaking this collaborative PhD study will also benefit from the vibrant research environment offered by both CSIRO and Curtin.

Eligible courses

PhD programs only

Eligibility criteria

• Meet the standard PhD course entry requirements for Curtin University.
• Have an MSc or a BSc with honours in petroleum engineering or closely related areas of study.
• Have hands on lab experience in the area of reservoir engineering.

How to apply

Application process

Please email Associate professor Ali Saeedi ( an expression of interest, including:
- Curriculum vitae
- Academic transcripts
- A brief cover letter 

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For specific project/research information please contact the supervisors via email:

Curtin Supervisors:
Professor Claus Otto
Associate Professor Ali Saeedi:

CSIRO Supervisor:
Dr Colin Wood


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