Phd Position within Geophysical Monitoring of Underground Storage of Co2

Trondheim, Norway
15 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A PhD fellowship in CO2 monitoring is available at the Department of Electronic Systems at NTNU. The successful candidate will be offered for up to a 4-year position with 25% work assignment for the Department. The work place will be Trondheim.

The PhD position is part of the ACT-project DIGIMON (Digital Monitoring of CO2 storage projects). Various European universities and research organizations participate in the project, in addition to four industrial companies. The position is financed by the Norwegian Research Council (CLIMIT programme).

The position reports to head of department

Main duties and responsibilities

The main topics of the project are use of conventional geophysical data as well as exploiting recent developments in DAS (Distributed Acoustic Sensing) fibre optic data. A crucial part of all subsurface CO2 storage projects is to monitor and secure that the injected CO2 stays within the planned storage volume. A key objective is to develop cost-effective monitoring systems, enabling early warning of minor leaks through the cap rock, which can lead to mitigation actions. The focus will be on mathematical and geophysical analysis of various types of monitoring data. A major goal is to achieve a better understanding of the physical coupling mechanisms for an optical fibre that is trenched into the seabed as well as for conventional seismic sensors. Use of mathematical inversion techniques to enhance the interpretation of time-lapse geophysical data is another key activity in the project. This position requires a good knowledge in geophysics and/or mathematics/physics.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with strong background and interest in geophysics, physics or mathematics. Knowledge within computing and writing computer code is required.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, underwater acoustics, signal theory, physics, mathematics oror 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.

MSc students who expect to complete their master’s degree studies by late autumn 2019 or early spring 2020 are also encouraged to apply. Employment will then be postponed until the master’s degree is finished.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Personal characteristics

  • Curious, innovative person
  • Scientific communication skills
  • Ability to put thoughts into written material

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 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

A PhD fellow who speaks a Scandinavian language will be employed for 4 years with teaching and other duties of approximately 25% of the total available time. A PhD fellow who does not master a Scandinavian language will be offered a 3-year appointment.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences; please see  for information about the PhD programme at NTNU.

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.

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. 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. 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 the positions can be directed to Martin Landrø, phone number +47 73594973, e-mail

About the application:

The application must include the following:

  • CV which includes information about education background and work experience.
  • Certified copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the program of study, the grading system, and the rights to further studies associated with the degree obtained.
  • Contact information for two references.
  • Documentation of fluency in the English language.

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. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 2019/33028 when applying.

Application deadline: 20.11.2019

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 20th November 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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