The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Department of Energy Resources is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The international academic staff conducts research related to energy resources, technology for improved oil recovery (IOR), decision analysis and geosciences. Study programs offer courses related to the exploration and utilization of petroleum and natural resources. The department focuses on internationalization, with development of study programs in English and high mobility among academic staff and students. The department contributes significantly to the research activities and leadership of The National IOR Centre of Norway, established by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. There are currently XX employees in the department including research fellows and postdocs.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Decision-Driven Geosteering

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a 2-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Decision-Driven Geosteering at Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources. The position is connected to the project "Geosteering for Improvement Oil Recovery" and is funded by the Petromaks2 program of the Norwegian Research Council. The position is vacant now.

About the project/work tasks:

This research project has three main objectives: (i) extend previous research by developing an approach which allows for integrating multiple types of real-time data to make predictions of ahead-of-the-bit formation while taking into account multiple uncertainties, such as uncertainty in petrophysical properties and operational uncertainties, (ii) further develop the decision model to support more a diverse range of well placement decisions, such as landing decision and stopping-point decisions and extend to be applied to vertical, deviated, and horizontal sections of a well with flexible well length, and (iii) integrate the decision-driven framework with the local geomodel updating while drilling (using a flexible 3D earth model or an ensemble based uncertainty update) to provide a more complete range of decision support in geosteering operations.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

The main focus of this research is quantitative decision analysis applied to well placement drilling decisions. Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in mathematically oriented engineering, applied mathematics, statistics, decision analysis or industrial economics, and must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. The position requires strong quantitative skills and solid understanding of topics such as probability analysis, quantitative modelling, programming as well as petroleum reservoir engineering and/or geosciences. Although some of these specific skills can be acquired as a part of the research, the candidate should have demonstrated a quantitative ability through previous studies and research. Solid programming skills is an absolute requirement. A high degree of scientific and personal flexibility is required for this interdisciplinary project. Proficiency in both written and oral English is also required.

We are searching for a highly qualified candidate with the ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others. The successful candidate will get the opportunity to work on the project in collaboration with Professor Reidar Bratvold at the Department of Energy Resources, Research Director Erlend Vefring, and Researchers Sergey Alaev and Erich Suter at IRIS.

Qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialization of research will be given emphasis in appointments to academic positions at the university.

The research project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the scholarly circles at the faculty and the university.

The employment period includes compulsory duties within teaching and guidance. Postdoctoral fellow will the first year participate in “NyTi” which is the universities guidance and integration program for new teachers.

The position is salaried according to the State Salary Code, 17.510, code 1352, NOK 490 900,- per annum. In special cases higher salaries may apply.

The position provides for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which guarantees favorable retirement benefits. Members may also apply for home investment loans at favorable interest rates.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Reidar B. Bratvold, telephone +47 976 51 969, email Information about appointment procedures can be obtained from HR Advisor Margot A.Treen, telephone +47 51 83 14 19, email

The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in its employment practices. The University currently employs few female postdoctors within this academic field and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Please registrer your application in an electronic form on Relevant education and experience must be registered on the form. Projectdescription and -plan, certificates/diplomas, references, list of publications and up to 15 publications and other documentation that the you consider relevant, should be submitted as attachments to the application as separate files. If the attachments exceed 30 MB alltogether, they will have to be compressed before uploading.

posted: 11 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.