Applied Geophysics with focus on near-surface
time-lapse seismic monitoring

The objective of the PhD studentship is to highlight the potential of using time-lapse seismic monitoring to infer near-surface fluid signatures related to deeper explosive events. Emphasis is on the interaction of geomechanics and fluid flow, and understanding the degree to which near-surface changes in saturation and fluid pressure can be monitored using seismic methods to provide an identification and verification of the event. The study will involve modelling, fluid flow simulations and seismic simulations to assess the feasibility to monitor near-surface changes using various time-lapse seismic data acquisition methods. Further analysis will highlight the seismic acquisition configurations that could be most effective. Previous knowledge in the above disciplines is preferred, as development of this work relies heavily on multi-disciplinary integration.


This studentship is available to UK candidates. The successful candidate should have a strong interest in research with at least a masters and undergraduate degree in geophysics, earth science, petroleum engineering, physics, mathematics, or a similar field (formally four years of university study including a minimum of one year at advanced level are required). Programming skills are necessary; some experience in flow simulation, geomechanical modelling and seismic processing would be helpful.


The position is full-time for four years of study and is funded through an EPSRC iCASE studentship and AWE. The work will be carried out as a research collaboration between Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Time Lapse Project (ETLP) and AWE, within the framework of AWE's seismology research in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The majority of the studentship will be carried out at the Heriot-Watt University campus in Edinburgh but the successful candidate will be required to spend a minimum of three months at Blacknest, AWE, as part of the project.

This project is funded for four years by the EPSRC and AWE. EPSRC eligibility criteria apply (View Website). Successful students will receive a stipend of no less than the standard RCUK stipend rate, currently set at 14,553 per year, which will usually be supplemented by the industrial partner (subject to contract).

How to Apply

Applications for the project must be made via the Heriot-Watt University online application. Further information is available at:

Prospective applicants should contact the project supervisor, Dr. Maria-Daphne Mangriotis at prior to submitting an application.

The closing date for applications is 15th April 2017.

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