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PhD position in Tophole Monitoring of Permanently Plugged Wells (TOPHOLE) - IV-197/19

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    EngineeringGeological engineering
    Environmental scienceEarth science
    PhysicsComputational physics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/08/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim

The work will be part of the project: Tophole monitoring of permanently plugged wells (TOPHOLE). This project is a spin-off of the Norwegian CCS research center (NCCS). It is coordinated by the geophysics team at SINTEF Industry and is supported by The Norwegian Research Council (through the Petromaks 2 call), and the industry partners of the NCCS research center. Research partners are SINTEF Industry, SINTEF Digital, NTNU, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Aker Solutions. A 3-months stay of the PhD candidate at Aker Solutions offices at Lysaker is planned. The primary objective of the project is to develop a novel cost-efficient method for tophole/non-invasive monitoring of permanently plugged wells that are cut below surface/seafloor. Combination of laboratory measurement, advanced geophysical modelling and inversion (seismic, EM and potentially other approaches) will be tested and implemented. The PhD project will be strongly involved with the other researchers working in the project.


The position reports to Head of the department.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • The aim of the PhD project is to develop and apply new methods to monitor well integrity using geophysical methods.
  • The project requires development of new and efficient approaches to numerical modelling of seismic/EM wave propagation and solution of non-linear inverse problems.
  • Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence approaches will also be considered.

Qualification requirements

PhD candidate:

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in geophysics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Other qualifications

  • Familiarity with code development, modelling and inverse methods.
  • Familiarity with AI techniques.
  • Successful publication of past research is a plus
  • Good written and oral English

Personal characteristics

  • The position requires a high level of personal responsibility and initiative.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently as well as in team in accordance with the project objectives.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Note: Preliminary table subject to approval by the Storting.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering (https://www.ntnu.edu/iv/doctoral-programme). 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Børge Arntsen, e-mail: borge.arntsen@ntnu.no.

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-197/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.08.2019

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