PhD Fellowship in Seismic Imaging/Inversion and Rock Physics

Trondheim, Norway
01 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
03 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for two 3 years PhD Fellowships at Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). The work will be a part of the project: GAMES - Geophysics and Applied Mathematics for Exploration and Safe Production, that is supported by The Norwegian Research Council and industry partners. The primary objectives of this project are to generate new understanding and mapping of geologic uplift offshore Norway, new ways of understanding and interpreting continuous geophysical monitoring data using controlled and natural wave-field sources, and to develop robust and accurate methods for 3D elastic imaging of the subsurface.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Job description

PhD project 1: Geophysical methods for uplift studies.

  • Geophysical data are routinely in use to image the earth interior. The aim of this specific PhD project is to develop new quantitative methods for estimating timing and magnitude of vertical movement of the earth’s surface by integrating seismic and potential field data (CSEM, Grav and Mag.) with themalchronological data analysis.
  • Various geophysical data are sensitivity to different rock properties that individual provide a piece of the past burial history of rock strata. Result from each of these geophysical and themalchronological data analysis is an important building block in its own, but the interplay of geological inputs and geophysical data only reaches its full value when they are coupled in a joint statistical framework. A natural starting point, adopted from recent machine learning approaches, is to generate realizations or scenarios of burial trajectories that mimic the geological trends and variability of rock physics relations connecting variables and multi-disciplinary data.
  • The expected outcome of the project are methods to predict timing and magnitude of vertical movement of the earth’s surface.

PhD project 2: Elastic Imaging in 3D.

  • The main objective of the PhD project is to develop and apply new methods to create images and estimate geohysical properties of the Earth’s structure from geophysical measurements at the surface.
  • The project requires development of new and efficient approaches to large scale numerical modeling of wave propagation and solution of non-linear inverse problems.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in geophysics/physics/mathematics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

Other qualifications

  • Profiency in oral and written English is a must

Personal characteristics

  • The position requires a high level of personal responsibility and initiative.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently as well as in team in accordance with the project objectives.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering  (  

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about position 1 can be directed to Associate professor Kenneth Duffaut, e-mail:

Questions about position 2 can be directed to Professor Børge Arntsen, e-mail:

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates, specify which position (or both) you are applying for. Applicants who have their educational background from China, must provide verification through CHSI. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV-140/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 03.05.2019.

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Department of Geoscience and Petroleum

We conduct teaching and research related to management of Earth’s geological resources. Norway’s rich resources of wind, water, oil, gas and minerals have been and are essential to the country’s prosperity, and will continue to be in the future. The Department plays a key role in the development of technology and the education of graduates who enable value creation based on our natural resources. The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 03.05.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Geoscience and Petroleum

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