The Reservoir Characterization Group of the GeoCenter Northern Bavaria (GZN) at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) invites applications for a

PhD fellowship in Petrophysical and Hydraulical
Properties of Fractured Reservoirs

The PhD position is limited for three years at 50% of salary grade TV-L E13 and will be embedded in the joint research project "PERMEA: Mechanical and hydraulical evolution of fracture zones - impact of deformation history and conditions on present day permeabilities" within the BMBF program "Geoforschung für Nachhaltigkeit (GEO:N)".

Job description:

The aim of the project is to investigate hydraulic properties of fractured reservoir analogs from sample to reservoir scale by combining petrophysical analyses, field work and hydraulic field tests. The PhD candidate will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Drilling, coring, logging and hydraulically testing of a series of shallow wells (< 100 m) in Northern Bavaria
  • Geological description of resulting core, cuttings and outcrop samples
  • Petrophysical analysis of core, cuttings and outcrop samples (ultrasonic, porosity, permeability, mineralogy)
  • Reconstruction of the burial history of the reservoir analog
  • Extrapolation of derived properties to typical reservoir conditions
  • Publication and dissemination of results


We are looking for a highly motivated, independent and reliable team player with a general interest in applied geosciences, strong communication skills and the following qualifications:

  • MSc in geosciences or a related field
  • Strong interest and preferably experience in experimental lab work
  • Lab experience with shales and carbonates is considered a plus
  • Ability to work in the field
  • Valid driving license class B

In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.

Please send your complete application (short motivation statement, resume, course grades and transcripts, references) via e-mail (in one pdf-file) to Professor Harald Stollhofen ( Applications will be accepted until June 30th 2017 or until the position is filled.

posted: 05 June 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.