PhD Research Fellow in Geological Modelling.

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in the field of sedimentary geology/reservoir physics/physical geography at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is part of the project DeepReservoir: Predicting reservoir properties in deep structures on the Norwegian Continental Shelf: The critical role of chlorite-coats at the universities of Bergen and Oslo, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, Equinor ASA and AkerBP.

About the project/work tasks:

The main ambition for DeepReservoir is to understand the controls on development of porosity-preserving coats of the mineral chlorite on quartz grains. This is important firstly because chlorite coats preserve reservoir properties in deep (3-6 km) reservoirs, something which is of key importance in infrastructure-led exploration for hydrocarbons. There is currently no way to assess the probability of good chlorite coats in un-drilled structures, something which makes deep prospects risky. Secondly, chlorite effectively mineralizes CO2. This effect will be important for large-scale CO2-storage, but we currently know little about the distribution of chlorite in subsurface reservoir rocks. The candidate will work closely with the industry partners.

The main objectives of this PhD project are to understand:

  • The spatial distribution of chlorite enriched coarse-grained estuarine facies subject to the hydrodynamic conditions under which chlorite minerals preferentially accumulate.
  • The preservation potential of chlorite enriched estuarine facies.

This knowledge will be used to build a static subsurface geomodel that represents a comparable depositional setting. This geomodel can subsequently be subjected to dynamic fluid flow analysis.In particular, the PhD project will consist of 1) investigation of hydrodynamic controls on deposition of precursor clays to grain-coating in the modern Ravenglass estuary, 2) investigation of constraints on hydrodynamic conditions during deposition of ancient estuarine deposits in East Greenland, 3) investigation of realistic geometries of zones with chlorite coats, and 4) writing academic articles that answers the project objectives. The candidate PhD student will spend 9 months (6+3) on secondment at TU Delft to learn from and collaborate with experts at the cutting-edge of environmental hydrodynamic modelling.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in earth science or physical geography with a specialization in morphodynamics modeling relevant to the project, or must have submitted his/her master’s thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
  • Experience in morphodynamic modelling or forward stratigraphic modelling, for example Delft3D, is an advantage.
  • The candidate must be willing and able to conduct tent-based field work in east Greenland together with the project team.
  • Experience with either reservoir modelling or hydrodynamic modelling is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):

About the PhD position:

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training:

As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. 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 stimulating working environment.
  • Salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 501 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • 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 referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not yet completed your master’s degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission ).
  • a 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

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact Associate Professor Christian Haug Eide, e-mail:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. 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.


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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.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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