Uni Research Ltd. is a research company with more than 400 highly-qualified employees from 35 different nations. The company consists of six departments. Uni Research carries out research and development in the fields of health, environment, climate, energy and social sciences.

PhD position in paleokarst reservoir characterization
at the Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research
(Uni Research CIPR)


Uni Research CIPR is a division of Uni Research, conducting applied research into increased oil exploitation and secure CO2 storage. Uni Research CIPR specializes in cross-disciplinary research efforts. For more information see http://uni.no/en/uni-cipr/.

Open position

The position is a collaboration between Uni Research CIPR, acting as employer, and the University of Bergen, providing the formalised researcher training leading to a PhD degree. Applicants must satisfy the enrolment requirements for a 3-year PhD programme at the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen (see http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53972/doctoral-education-faculty-mathematics-and-natural-sciences). A final plan for the implementation of the researcher training, including 30+ credits worth of courses, must be approved by the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences within three months after employment. The research work will be affiliated with the project FOPAK (Forecasting of architecture, seismic characteristics and flow behaviour in paleokarst reservoirs) funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

The PhD candidate will engage in cross-disciplinary research aimed at improving characterization of sub-surface paleokarst reservoirs. Work will focus on building a series of 3D geological models of collapsed cave systems from empirical datasets. Forward seismic modelling will be performed on these models in order to establish characteristic signatures of specific paleokarst systems features and to study resolution issues. Finally, production behaviour of the models will be investigated using fluid flow simulators.

The planned research involves reservoir modelling/simulation, carbonate reservoir characterization and geophysics. Applicants should hold a Master degree or equivalent in petroleum geology/geophysics or related earth sciences or engineering disciplines. Experience with reservoir modelling software is a requirement. The work will require some computer programming skills. Previous experience with geophysical interpretation, flow simulation tools, carbonate reservoir characterization or outcrop studies will be considered an advantage.

Work environment

The candidate will be employed by Uni Research Ltd. and have his/her physical workplace with the geoscience group of Uni Research CIPR in Bergen. The candidate will work as part of a group consisting of geologists and reservoir engineers from the geoscience and reservoir simulation groups at Uni Research CIPR, and geophysicists and speleologists at the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen.

We are looking for

  • a highly motivated, versatile candidate with an affinity for teamwork
  • strong problem-solving and communication skills
  • proficiency in both written and oral English
  • a willingness to travel and spend periods in the field and at other institutions,
  • physical fitness for fieldwork

We can offer

  • Dynamic, challenging and international research environment
  • Group Pension Insurance
  • Personnel Insurance Scheme
  • Salary in accordance with the Civil Service pay grade table scale for PhD students

How to apply

Please submit your application electronically before March 17, 2017 to jobbnorge.no by using the button "Apply for this job". The application should be marked PhD- FOPAK and contain:

  • Covering letter detailing the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Name, title and email address of at least two people willing to provide references

Applications that do not include all required documents will not be considered.

Selection procedure

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a presentation on a topic of their choice (usually their Master thesis) and also an interview.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

For more information please contact Jan Tveranger, Uni Research CIPR, jan.tveranger@uni.no.

published: 28 February 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.