PhD-candidate within mathematically oriented
petroleum seismology (4D seismics)

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Earth Science, within mathematically oriented petroleum seismology. The research environment focuses on the development of new seismic methods. The position is for a period of 3 years and is connected to the project "Bayesian inversion of 4D seismic waveform data for quantitative integration with production data", funded by the Petromaks2 program of the Norwegian Research Council.

About the project/work tasks:

  • The main goal of this project is to develop methods for full seismic waveform inversion that provides information about the uncertainty as well as the most likely values of the changes in the elastic parameters that determines the 4D seismic response of a petroleum reservoir under production. This is necessary for a quantitative integration of 4D seismic waveform and production data that could potentially lead to an improved reservoir management.
  • The candidate will focus on the development of a scattering-integral approach to full waveform inversion in a Bayesian framework. The research will involve a mixture of analytical and numerical work.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in mathematically oriented geophysics, applied mathematics or theoretical/computational physics. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 15 July 2017. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • A relevant background within petroleum seismology (e.g., seismic modelling and/or imaging/inversion) would be an advantage. However, a lack of relevant background within petroleum seismology may be compensated by exceptionally strong skills within mathematical modelling and inversion.
  • Knowledge about Bayesian inversion methods would be an advantage, but can also be obtained as a part of the research-training program.
  • Strong programming skills is a requirement.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

We are searching for a highly qualified candidate with an 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 Morten Jakobsen at the Department of Earth Science, Chief Scientist Geir Nævdal, and Researcher Kjersti S. Eikrem at IRIS in Bergen.

About the research training:

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 50 in the Civil Service pay grade tables (code 1017/LR20, alternative 8). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position. Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these can be the main supervisor from the MSc programme.
  • CV.
  • Transcripts and diplomas.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Deadline for application: 02 March 2017.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Morten Jakobsen, Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen; email:, Telephone +47 55 58 34 18, Mobile phone: +47 45965940.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

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

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

posted: 10 February 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.