Faculty of Science
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Senior Research Associate - Chalk - Valhall and Hod Fields


Employment type: Fixed-term contract to 31 August 2018
Employment basis: Full-time
Salary: £29,799 - £33,518 per annum
Post number: ZZ004457
Date published: 05 February 2018
Closing date: 22 February 2018

Interview date: 27 February 2018


The Senior Research Associate will run the scoping study for the geological characterisation of hardened Chalk in the Valhall and Hod oil fields for Aker BP Norway. The study will focus on the nature, lateral and vertical extent, causes of, and predictability of hardening in levels of the Valhall and Hod Chalk reservoir and where these hardening levels are fractured (fractured hard grounds). The fractured hard grounds give rise to significantly increased production by fracture flow but also cause problems for drilling and production/injection because they set up large pressure differentials and short circuit injected water. The precise relationship between fracture development and lithology is therefore crucial.

In order to constrain the research question posed above the SRA will carry out an initial 6 month scoping study of previous work to include but not limited to:
  • Valhall key studies and reports: Valhall Integrated Subsurface Description (ISD); Anna Matthews Sedimentological study; the Valhall Geological Task Force (Valhall GTF) report; other relevant documents identified during the desk study.
  • Joint Chalk Research (JCR) -monograph and other relevant JCR study reports.
  • Published literature.
This work is funded by Aker BP Norway and will be desk study based with a requirement to visit Norway at certain stages of the study.

The output will consist of: Phase 1 research report summarizing the current geological and geomechanical knowledge on hardened Chalk and identifying the scope of research required to answer the geological question posed above.

You will be working autonomously with instruction from the lead academic (Prof. Andy Gale) ultimately responsible for the technical standards of the project. You will be responsible for regularly managing elements of the project in line with the project terms of reference - (Dr Nick Koor will be the project manager).

Candidates should have a minimum of a PhD in Geology or related subject or relevant professional experience. Be able to travel and work at both University of Portsmouth and locations in Norway.

Enquiries about the post should be made to Dr Nick Koor on +44 (0)23 9284 2413 or nick.koor@port.ac.uk
For detailed information about the vacancy, please select this link: ZZ004457 - Senior Research Associate.docx

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and this role, visit https://port.engageats.co.uk and apply on-line.

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