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Rabu, Mei 11, 2011

PhD in Characterising Fractured Reservoirs at Delft University of Technology

Overview
  • Location Delft
  • Function PhD position
  • Discipline Engineering
  • Work Time 38.0 hours per week
  • Month Salary Max. € 2612
  • Vacaturenummer CITG09-16a
This position is available for immediate recruitment.

Project Description
Fractured reservoirs are of interest in exploration and production of hydrocarbon and water, as well as in shallow engineering projects. Fractures may contribute significantly to porosity and permeability and thereby increase the retention and production capabilities of a reservoir or an aquifer. The distribution and properties of the fracture network control water infiltration. Fractures can also control the transport of contaminants in the subsurface; characterizing them is therefore vital in remediation strategies.

This project aims to obtain fundamental insights leading to an innovative methodology that exploits the inherent link between three key aspects – the frequency-dependent seismic anisotropy observed in multi-component seismic data, the dynamic effective medium theory, and the seismic attenuation anisotropy. The aim is to achieve a reliable characterisation of the fracture properties. The research will involve new theory developments and modelling studies, downscaled lab experiments, and field studies at analogue fractured reservoirs. A digital method recently developed jointly by TU Delft and VU Amsterdam to quantify fracture systems in the field will be used in this project. This PhD project is anticipated to have a significant societal impact and generate scientific and technological innovations.

Required Qualification
The applicant should have an MSc in (Applied) Geophysics, (Applied) Physics, (Applied) Mathematics, or Civil or Electrical Engineering. Solid quantitative skills and experience with wave propagation problems in geophysics, analytical or numerical modelling, soil/rock physics, lab experiments, or shared-earth modelling will be advantageous. Delft University of Technology is a bilingual organisation. A good command of English (written and spoken) is essential.

Employment Conditions
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the `IKA`). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment Contract
Temporary. Four years

Organisation
Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Department of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
The Geotechnology Department is divided into four sections: Geo-engineering, Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics, Applied Geology, and Petroleum Engineering. Exploration, exploitation and use of the Earth`s resources and the subsurface space are central themes in the research conducted here. Attention is directed toward sustainable and environmentally friendly, innovative technology developments. The department focuses on both deep underground (> 1 km) and shallow subsurface (<1 km) geology and engineering. The Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics Section executes a programme of fundamental and applied research aimed at designing quantitative techniques and methods of analysis to investigate the Earth`s subsurface in a non-destructive way at different scales. The section is at the forefront of developing interferometric methods in geophysics. The section leads multiple international, collaborative projects and has contact with major industries. The Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics Section has a PhD vacancy in fractured reservoir characterisation from frequency-dependent seismic response: theory, lab and field-analogue studies.

Additional information
To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application to R.Ghose@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, make sure to mention vacancy number CITG09-16.

For more Information, please contact Dr. Ranajit Ghose, phone: +31 (0)15-2783627, R.Ghose@tudelft.nl

Deadline : May, 31st 2011
 

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