Ph.D. position - "Time-lapse cross-hole ground penetrating radar imaging"
The Department of Geography and Geology (DGG) at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (Denmark) hereby offers a fully funded PhD position. The position will be supported by an interdisciplinary and dynamic team of international experts. The PhD research will be focused on the development of leading-edge geophysical field techniques and algorithms for high-resolution ground-penetrating radar (GPR) imaging of heterogeneity in chalk. Moreover, the PhD project aims at establishing high-resolution 3D models of fluid and gas flow in chalk rocks. To achieve this objective time-lapse cross-hole ground-penetrating radar GPR imaging will be used in field experiments. Water or CO2 will be injected into the studied chalk formation. The pervasive flow characteristics will be described based on radar measurements made hours, days and possibly weeks after the injections. Part of the work will be focused on development/tailoring of the tomographic methods for imaging the rocks and the fluid/gas distribution. The cross-hole GPR data may be supplemented with surface reflection GPR data, cross-hole electrical resistivity tomography, cross-hole seismic measurements, core analysis and/or borehole logging.
The project will be carried out within the framework of a newly established research centre funded by Maersk Oil. The core of the research centre consists of up to 5 newly hired PhD students, two new assistant professors and assistant/associate/full professors and Maersk Oil staff. Project participants have backgrounds in geophysics, sedimentology, stratigraphy, numerical modelling, geochemistry, palaeontology/palaeoecology and engineering. The ultimate aim of the research centre is to improve the qualitative and quantitative understanding of chalk depositional systems and heterogeneity of chalk reservoirs.
The successful candidate should have a geophysical (or equivalent) background and possess strong analytical numerical skills. Knowledge of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and/or seismic methods is considered an advantage. Furthermore, the candidate must be motivated for conducting field work/experiments and thorough analyses of large amounts of GPR data using numerical tomographic algorithms. It is expected that the candidate will publish in international peer?reviewed journals and assist in teaching within the department.
The scholarship is open for two alternative PhD arrangements:
Terms of employment
In the regular 3-year program, the successful PhD candidate will be offered a full-time PhD position for a period of three years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in a PhD degree and scientific publications. In the 4-year program, the successful PhD candidate will be paid in accordance with the Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme Authority Order for the first two years until awarded a MSc and as a full-time PhD for the remaining two years.
The salary depends on seniority, as agreed between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, and is within the range of 23,000-30,000 DKK/month (approximately 3,100-4,000 €/month) in the 3-year program and 10,000-12,000 DKK/month for the first two years of the 4-year program.
How to apply
Applications, including (i) a motivation for the application (0.5 A4 page), (ii) a statement of research interests in relation to the research aim described above, (iii) curriculum vitae including list of publications, (iv) a copy of MSc diploma and grade transcripts or equivalent, (v) a short abstract of the M.Sc. thesis or equivalent, and (vi) the names, e-mails, telephones and addresses of 2-4 referees. Please apply online or/and look at http://employment.ku.dk/.
The deadline for application is August 6th 2012.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.