There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in borehole electromagnetic geophysics at the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen. 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) and will be jointly advised by Prof. Morten Jakobsen (the main supervisor) and researchers at NORCE (co-supervisors).
This position is associated with and financed by the center for research-based innovation DigiWells: Digital Well Center for Value Creation, Competitiveness and Minimum Environmental Footprint. The center is establishing a collaborative environment which will consist of researchers at NORCE, experts from industry, professors from UiS, NTNU and UiB and a total of 17 PhD students and postdocs. This is one of 5 initial PhD positions: https://digiwells.no/news/first-five-phd-positions .
We hope that the successful candidates will fit in and contribute to this multidisciplinary environment. Depending on the research interests the research fellows can also collaborate and visit the center’s international partners: Stanford University, TU Clausthal, University of the Basque Country, and UT Austin. We also have a collaboration with TU DELFT. Furthermore, the research fellows will have the opportunity and responsibility to present their research to the industrial partners of the center: Aker BP, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Lundin, Total, Wintershall Dea. Finally, the center is promoting innovation, which means that your research results might be taken into use in the near future, contributing to the digitalization and the green shift.
About the project/work tasks
The overall goal of this particular PhD position is to develop methodology for real-time modeling and inversion of borehole electromagnetic data while drilling. The focus will be on the development of fast integral equation methods for solving nonlinear vectorial forward and inverse scattering problems. However, the candidate is also expected to contribute to the development of novel workflows for joint inversion of different data types in the context of geosteering.
Different work tasks may be given depending on the background of the candidate as well as the developments in the centre. Possible directions of work can include the application of rock physics models, Bayesian inversion methods and machine learning algorithms in this electromagnetic context. Analogies between electromagnetic and seismic geophysical methods will also be important in this project.
Qualifications and personal qualities
- Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in mathematically oriented geophysics or a related discipline like theoretical/computational physics or applied mathematics. Master students can apply provided they submit their master thesis within 01.12.2021 It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
- A strong background in (geo)physics and mathematics is required.
- Good programming skills is required and must be verifiable/documented.
- Experience from modelling and inversion of controlled-source electromagnetic data is required. Candidates without such experience may only be considered if they have very strong documented skills within mathematical modelling and/or computational imaging and are highly motivated for this position.
- 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
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 over 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 by the head of department 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 Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programe for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. 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 stimulating working environment, including a comprehensive network of international collaborators.
- salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 482 200. 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
- transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not yet completed your master’s degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master’s degree. Your master’s degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on submission of your master thesis by 01.12.2021.
- approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
- 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.
For further details about the position, please contact Professor Morten Jakobsen, Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen. Email: Morten.Jakobsen@uib.no
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
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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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