PhD position in Geophysical Reservoir

Do you have experience in integrating 2D and 3D seismic and well log data into a reservoir characterization?

If you are interested in a research career working with reservoir geophysics characterizing energy reservoirs, a 3 year PhD position at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) might be of interest.

Job description

This PhD position is an integrated part of a strategic research project conducted by Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Center at DTU (DHRTC). This reservoir characterizetion study contains a detailed 2D and 3D seismic data analysis and interpretation, correlated with reservoir properties from well logs and core samples in order to define key reservoir characteristics. The project uses state-of-the-art software for processing and interpreting seismic data. Seismic forward modelling, inversion, and AVO studies will be utilized in the quantification of the reservoirs. The geological models (including rock physics parameters) will be verified by investigating the consistency between the forward seismic modelling results with the acquired seismic data. Testing of algoritms for geostatistical inversion of seismic data will be carried out in close cooperation with personel from other participating institutions involved in the DHRTC research project.

Your qualifications

The appointment will be made on the basis of academic qualifications. Upon appointment, particular emphasis is placed on the following qualifications:

  • A relevant and recent M.Sc. in Geophysics or Geology
  • Documented experience with quantification of geophysical and geological data are preferred skills

Special consideration will be given to the candidate's ability to be an efficient team worker, and with good communication skills. The candidate must also master English and if they do not speak Danish, they must be prepared to learn Danish to an appropriate level within the first 12 months of employment.

Department of Geophysics

The division is primarily engaged in solving geological tasks within the program areas: energy resources, nature and environment. Activities includes participation in research projects (both national and international), mapping and exploring the use of state agencies and contract assignments especially for oil companies. The department's professional staff are involved in projects which is multi-disciplinary in approach. A number of advanced modeling and mapping tools used in connection with exploration tasks (eg. Basin modeling), mapping of oil-gas fields, etc.

The department consists of 30 experienced and dedicated people of high internationally recognized standard, working with a broad range of geological subjects in relation to the deep underground.

We offer

  • A creative and interdisciplinary research environment
  • A lively and informal working environment with talented and dedicated colleagues
  • Versatile work duties and good opportunities to influence them
  • Development opportunities with access to courses and other further education
  • Family friendly workplace with flextime
  • An active social environment, with a staff association and art society
  • Fitness centre with physiotherapy at the workplace

Salary and conditions of employment

In accordance with the collective agreements between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the relevant eligible trade union.

The appointment area is the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and its institutions.

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate considers diversity to be an asset and invites anybody interested, regardless of gender, age, religion or ethnicity to apply for the position.

Further information

Please contact the Head of Department Nina Skaarup on tel. +45 22 22 16 76, e-mail: or Rasmus Rasmussen on tel. +45 91 33 39 27 e-mail:

International applicants can read more about living and working in Denmark on GEUS' extranet:


The application must include a letter of motivation, a CV, bachelor and master's certificate or a pre-approval of your thesis and, if relevant, contact details of referees (max. 2). If the master's degree has not yet been completed or the certificate has not been issued, a statement from the supervisor is required stating the expected completion date and whether the candidate is suitable for PhD study.

Please, send your application via GEUS' website under Jobs and Education. Your application must be with GEUS no later than 12.00 midday (Danish time), Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) is an independent and internationally oriented research institution within the Danish Ministry of Climate-, Energy and Building, and is part of Geocenter Denmark. GEUS also acts as consultant to public authorities and individuals within nature, climate, environment, energy and mineral resources. GEUS is responsible for the scientific exploration of the geology in Denmark and Greenland including shelf areas. GEUS maps, acquires and monitors data, informs the public about geological matters and is the national geological data centre.

De Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland (GEUS) er en uafhængig og internationalt orienteret forskningsinstitution under Energi-, Forsynings- og Klimaministeriet og en del af Geocenter Danmark. GEUS forsker og rådgiver offentlige myndigheder og private inden for natur, klima, miljø, energi og råstoffer. GEUS er ansvarlig for den videnskabelige udforskning af geologien i Danmark og Grønland med sokkelområder. GEUS kortlægger, overvåger og indsamler data, formidler om geologiske forhold og er nationalt geologisk datacenter.

posted: 20 December 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.