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PhD position in seal analysis

Deadline: 04.06.2019

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University of Bergen

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PhD position

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in seal analysis at the Department of Earth Science. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is fully financed by Equinor ASA.

About the project/work tasks

Project title: Seal analysis and fluid contact control for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Understanding sealing of buoyant fluids in the subsurface is important for storage of CO2 in the subsurface and for hydrocarbon exploration. The data that are required for validating theoretical seal analysis work comes almost entirely from the oil- and gas industry. Recent work at the University of Bergen that has addressed fluid contact controls at specific parts of the Norwegian continental shelf, and seismic data provided by geophysical companies and / or production license owners at the Norwegian Continental shelf will form an important basis for the work.

The purpose of the project is to improve our current knowledge on the processes that result in trapping and leakage of buoyant fluids. Such processes include clay smearing, diagenesis in fault planes, overpressure build-up and shear- and tensile failure of faults. Analyses of fluid contact positions and variations across oil- and gas fields and their position relative to structural trap capacity and direct fluid indicators in seismic data from different parts of the Norwegian Continental Shelf will constitute a significant part of the work. The predictive capabilities of theoretical relationships that result from the project work shall be assessed.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in geosciences, with specialization within structural geology, basin analysis or equivalent subjects, or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience from seismic data analysis is a requirement.
  • Experience with seal analysis for hydrocarbon exploration or CO2 storage is a strong advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed across the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department, and will be decided upon appointment.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within two months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment
  • salary at pay grade 51 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 9) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 449 400. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

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The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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