Ph.D. and Post-doc positions in Geo-modelling


A subsurface reservoir model is a computer based representation of petrophysical parameters such a porosity, permeability, fluid saturation, etc. Given that direct measurement of these parameters is generally limited to a few wells it is necessary to extrapolate their distribution. The use of digital outcrop models in combination with traditional sedimentological field data improves the accuracy and efficiency of qualitative and quantitative characterization of outcrop analogues for reservoir modelling purposes.

Ph.D. Position

The GeoEnergy group at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is offering a PhD position in the field of geomatics, specifically in the branch of Digital Outcrop Modelling. The candidate will be involved in the study and modelling of outcrop analogues and their equivalents in the subsurface. Research will be applied to hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoir(s) to be integrated to the expertise of the group (sediment provenance, diagenesis, sedimentology, petrophysics, geomechanics, reservoir characterization, remote sensing and seismic interpretation). Field work will include drone survey, photogrammetry, outcrop analysis and will need to be incorporated with well data to produce reservoir models. Therefore, a strong background in sedimentology is highly desirable. The student will work closely with project collaborators to design and implement strategies for interpreting 3D models in the field, and for incorporating these interpretations into the modelling of subsurface reservoirs.

Requirements and conditions

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who can contribute to a leading research team. Suitable applicants should have an MSc degree or equivalent in geomatics (especially photogrammetry and/or geo-modelling of siliciclastic sediments), reservoir analysis, sedimentology or a closely-related subject, with a strong background in programming.

Experience with Petrel®, PetroMod® or equivalent software would be an advantage.

Desirable additional qualities are familiarity with open source software libraries, close range spatial measurement techniques (e.g. lidar, photogrammetry) or user interface design.

Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English are a requirement. The project will involve periods of fieldwork. The 50%b position is funded for three years and the position has to be started by the 1st of March 2018. Salary is according to the Civil Servant category 13 TV-L.

How to apply:

Please submit your application electronically before November 30th, 2017

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Covering letter detailing experience and relevant work
  • Name, title and email address of at least two people willing to provide references.

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.

Applications that do not include all required documents will not be considered.

Please send your application to Dr Luca Caracciolo (luca.caracciolo@fau.de).

Post-Doc Position

The GeoEnergy group at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg invites application for a 100% time 3-years postdoctoral position in applied sedimentology to start from January 2018. Funding will terminate in December 2020 and any later start would require either a reduction of the duration of the contract or applying for additional research funds. Candidates are required to hold a PhD degree in clastic sedimentology applied to sedimentological modelling (possibly including core and reservoir analysis, diagenesis, petrophysics, seismics). International PhD or postdoc experience would be desirable.

We are especially interested in applicants who integrate a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling techniques, and who complement our existing group strengths. The main responsibility of the candidate is to perform (ground breaking) research in the frame of the newly established GeoEnergy group. It is expected that the candidate presents research at scientific meetings and publishes in international peer-reviewed journals. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. The successful candidate is likely able to perform independently field campaigns and apply to research funding programs. He/Her will be involved in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students within the scope of our new master scheme on GeoEnergy and supervise graduate and PhD students.

Important areas of work for the successful applicant will include research in the Mesozoic and Tertiary basins in Germany to establish high-resolution paleoenvironments evolution reconstruction, gross depositional environments maps, outcrop and reservoir sedimentological modelling.

To be successful you will have:

  • Strong expertise in sedimentology.
  • Proven skills in siliciclastic facies interpretation and sedimentological modelling
  • Experience with core description and interpretation.
  • Additional experience on carbonate facies and fractured reservoirs would be an advantage.
  • Robust geomodelling experience (e.g. including multiple point statistics), preferably proven by applicant's publication record
  • Extensive knowledge of modeling software as Petrel®, PetroMod® or equivalent software
  • A demonstrable commitment to publication of original results at an international level in quality, peer review journals.

Experience in fluvial sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, reservoir analysis, basin analysis, and knowledge of sediment provenance and diagenesis will be considered advantageous. Applications should include a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vita, a summary of research interests including a one-page outline of potential projects to be included in the working group strategy for the next 5 years, 3 most relevant publications (pdf format) and two recommendation letters from relevant expert in sedimentology and/or geo-modelling. The deadline for submitting the application is the 30th of November with interviews to be scheduled during the first 3 weeks of December. 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. Salary is according to the Civil Servant category 13 TV-L.

To apply send your CV to Prof. H. Stollhofen (harald.stolhofen@fau.de) and Dr. Luca Caracciolo (luca.caracciolo@fau.de).

posted: 31 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.