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Institute of Petroleum Engineering
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Phd Studentships in 4D Seismic Analysis

There are vacancies for two PhD students to work within the industry-sponsored Edinburgh Time-Lapse Project (ETLP), based at the Heriot-Watt Institute of Petroleum Engineering in the UK. This consortium is now approaching its fifth three-year phase, which continues the development of new techniques for the quantitative interpretation of 4D seismic data via integration with reservoir engineering and geology. More details can be found on the project website Applications should be made before our closing date of 14 September 2012. The following studentships are on offer:

Studentship A1

In this research you will extend and apply ETLP methods of separating pressure and saturation changes from 4D seismic data into new clastic and a variety of chalk reservoirs. This will probably be tackled in the context of frequent seismic monitoring. This work will develop practical tools and techniques for achieving this aim, and examine the role of the petrolelastic model. Specific skills in two or more of the following areas are an advantage: reservoir geophysics, geology, seismic interpretation, and reservoir engineering.

Studentship A2

This work extends our methods that invert the overburden strain field measured from 4D seismic data to reservoir pressure. The project attempts to integrate these data into simulation model updating and 4D seismic interpretation. Specific skills in the following areas are required: geomechanics, geomechanical simulation, rock mechanics, reservoir geophysics, and seismic interpretation.

*Note that the above projects are based on industry datasets donated by our sponsoring companies, and will therefore be strongly data orientated.

General qualifications required

An essential requirement is that you have an excellent undergraduate degree (first class or upper second at minimum) in Geoscience, Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Applied Mathematics or Petroleum Engineering, and preferably but not necessarily an MSc from a recognised high quality university. You should be self-motivated, enthusiastic, with good written and oral communication skills. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong computational skills. Several years of experience working in a relevant area inside the oil industry is desirable but not essential. Applicants not fulfilling these criteria will be rejected.

Our PhD studentships

A PhD degree in the UK is normally of three years duration. In IPE-HWU, students are expected to undertake a probationary MPhil in Year 1 and then progress onto their PhD in Years 2 and 3 should their work be of satisfactory quality. Training will be provided in Year 1 to underpin your skill base. The studentship pays for all tuition fees and the living allowance for these three years. In addition, funding is available to cover travel and expenses to conferences and meetings with sponsoring companies and some select major conferences. Students from any country are eligible for our studentships. We aim to start the PhD projects between September 2012 and December 2012.


Candidates should apply directly to Professor Colin MacBeth at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University (, attaching a CV detailing experience and qualifications as indicated above, marks for all degrees, and at least three referees. Please quote the project code (A1 or A2) for the studentship for which you are applying. Our interview process is rigorous, so only apply if you satisfy the above criteria.

Heriot-Watt University is a Charity registered in Scotland, SC000278

posted: 29 August 2012     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.