PhD Research Fellow in Rock Physics, Quantitative Seismic Interpretation and Geomechanic

Oslo, Norway
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

Position as PhD Doctoral Research Fellow in Rock Physics, Quantitative Seismic Interpretation and Geomechanics available at Department of Geosciences

The PhD fellowship is for a period of 3 years and devoted to carrying out a project entitled “Overburden Analysis and Seal Integrity Study for CO2 Sequestration in the North Sea (OASIS)” funded by the Norwegian Research Council and two industry partners Equinor and TOTAL. Preferred starting date no later than 15/11/2018.

Project Description

We invite applications for a challenging doctoral fellowship position (PhD) in rock physics, quantitative seismic interpretation and geomechanics. The main objective of this project is to build a seismic data derived 3D geomechanical model focusing on the seal, fault and overburden rocks for the CO2 storage site “Smeaheia” in the northern North Sea. The objective will be achieved by an interdisciplinary research involving laboratory experiments, petrophysical, rock physical and geophysical analyses and theoretical/computational geomechanical modelling.

The specific goal of this position is to combine cap rock and overburden characterization using wireline log data, core and cutting samples, laboratory experiments and seismic data to analyse the physical and mechanical properties of the seal and overburden rocks. The work comprises studying effects of uplift and erosion; triaxial compaction tests; sedimentological, petrophysical and rock physical analyses; fault delineation using seismic data; fault-seal analysis combining seismic and field analogues; fracture identification and quantification from seismic; and uncertainty and sensitivity analysis to build 3D geomechanical model of the study area.

The candidate will be part of a dynamic research team with expertise in rock physics, QSI, geomechanics, laboratory model testing and numerical modelling. The position involves a close collaboration between the University of Oslo (UiO, Norway), Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI, Norway), Norwegian Computing Center (NR, Norway), Colorado School of Mines (CSM, USA), National Oceanographic Centre (NOC, UK), and Curtin University (CU, Australia). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in international research networks.

Qualification requirements

  • The applicant must hold a Master degree or equivalent (120 ECTS) in Geophysics, Petroleum Geoscience, Rock physics or Geomechanics with minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

The position requires a strong background and interest on:

  • Quantifying rock petrophysical properties using wireline logs and core/cutting samples
  • Seal (both top and lateral seal) analysis to identify impacts of seal breaching
  • Rock physics analysis and quantitative seismic interpretation
  • Fault-seal analysis
  • Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
  • Data analysis using Matlab and/or Python programming
  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and in a structured manner
  • Capability of cross-disciplinary collaboration

Priority will be given to candidates with multidisciplinary experiences including QSI, petrophysics and rock physics analyses and geomechanical modelling. In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be given to:

  • Academic background and professional experience in order to execute the project
  • Ability to incorporate multiscale data for geomechanical model building
  • The applicant’s mobility
  • Ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • Ability to use standard software tools such as Petrel, Interactive Petrophysics, RokDoc, Hampson Russell, Abaqus and Comsol Multiphysics

The position is affiliated with the sections “Geology and Geophysics” (G&G) in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo (UiO).

We offer

  • salary NOK 449 400 – 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • documentation of english proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the eventuelt “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position.

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Contact information

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