Faculty of Environment
School of Earth and Environment
Institute of Applied Geosciences

Research Fellow: Architecture and modelling of
deep-water stratigraphic traps


Fixed term for 24 months, Available from 1 January 2017

In mature hydrocarbon basins, such as the North Sea, stratigraphic traps, or combined structural and stratigraphic traps (combination traps), are increasingly being identified as economically-viable prospects during exploration. Commonly, stratigraphic traps are problematic during development phases due to unpredicted sub-seismic scale issues of rates of facies changes, and capturing transition zones in reservoir distribution and compartmentalisation.

As part of this research programme, you will be required to travel to and work remotely in the Karoo Basin, South Africa for two ~1-month field seasons where you will identify suitable outcrop analogue(s) from the well-established Karoo Basin dataset, and from subsurface datasets, in order to better constrain the range of stratigraphic trap architecture preserved in deep-water systems. This research programme will leverage the existing integrated dataset of outcrop, core, and well logs to capture change in net: gross towards pinch-out, and capturing the types and distributions of baffles and barriers for the updip parts of fans with integration of research borehole, well log and outcrop data. This allows analogue stratigraphic traps to be constrained from a range of configurations, from proximal pinchouts, through lateral pinchouts, to distal frontal pinchouts. These data will form the basis for forward seismic models using a range of rock properties.

You will join the strat@leeds research group, a large geoscience research group (3 Research Fellows, 20 PhD students) based in the School of Earth and Environment. Members of the Stratigraphy Group investigate the stratigraphic and sedimentological record of a wide range of depositional environments using outcrop and subsurface datasets, and modern analogues. You will also be part of the Institute of Applied Geology (IAG), which has a strong international research profile in sedimentology, flow dynamics and deep-marine clastic systems. You will join an enthusiastic and motivated School, which aims to achieve the highest standards in its research and teaching. You may have the opportunity to spend 6-8 weeks at Statoil's offices in order to apply the outcrop results to analogue subsurface systems.

You should have a first degree in geosciences and a PhD in clastic sedimentology/stratigraphy, and a strong background of research in subsurface geoscience and experience of analysis and interpretation of outcrops, well logs and core and/or reflection seismic data. You will have good communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. You will be expected to contribute to ongoing research in the strat@leeds group, publish research papers, and present your research at national and international meetings.

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies.

University Grade 7 (32,004 - 38,183 p.a.)

Informal enquiries to Professor David Hodgson, tel +44 (0)113 343 0236, email: d.hodgson@leeds.ac.uk

Closing Date: 14 November 2016

Interviews are expected to be held during week commencing 21 November 2016

Ref: ENVEE1134

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