PhD Studentship in Petroleum Geology/Petroleum Chemistry

We are pleased to announce that an exciting opportunity has arisen for a fully funded, four year PhD studentship to start in October 2018 on any one of the following topics:

Redox at Source - The role or ferruginous clay minerals and reactive species in hydrocarbon formation
Primary Supervisor: Prof Chris Greenwell

The role of redox in ferruginous clay mineral and iron nanoparticle mobilisation during enhanced oil recovery
Primary Supervisor: Prof Chris Greenwell

The origin, active tectonics and fate of the South Caspian Basin
Primary Supervisor: Prof Jeroen van Hunen

Induced seismicity due to subsurface fluid injection
Primary Supervisor: Prof Stefan Nielsen

At Durham, you will join a broad group of around 30 students working on many aspects of geoenergy. More information on our work on geoenergy is at This studentship may also collaborate within the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas, details of which can be found at

Eligibility and How to Apply

This PhD studentship will provide for UK/EU tuition fees and a full tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Councils' national rate, which in 2017/18 was 14,553 (to be confirmed for 2018/19; for guidance only).

Funding is available for both UK and EU citizens. Students must begin their research on October 1st 2018. There is an application deadline of 17:00 (GMT) Friday 16th February 2018.

Applicants will need to apply via the online application form and submit all the requested documents listed here:

Interviews will take place late-February.

Please contact Ms. Jo Banner for questions about the application process:

Ms. Jo Banner, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, DH1 3LE +44 (0)191 334 2198.

For technical questions about the projects, please contact one of the project supervisors, links above.

published: 21 December 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.