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Researcher position in Acoustic physics, Signal processing, Geophysics – NTNU, Norway

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

We have a vacancy for a full time, two-year project for a researcher with good knowledge of acoustic physics, signal processing, and programming at the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS). Having a PhD is preferred but not required.

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 534 400 to 677 600 NOK/Year

Workplace:
Department of Circulation and Imaging (ISB)
Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS)

Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • Good understanding of acoustic physics
  • Good signal processing skills
  • Good programming skills, preferably including Python
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • A Master’s degree in a related field such as physics, geophysics, or electrical engineering

Preferred selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field such as physics, geophysics, or electrical engineering
  • Good knowledge and understanding of oil well construction and well logging
  • Good acoustic simulation skills
  • Good software development skills

Personal characteristics

  • Strong analytical skills and discipline
  • Strong writing skills, capable of synthesizing and expressing complex ideas clearly
  • Team player, collaborative, and respectful; values the inputs and opinions of others
  • Self-motivated, ambitious, resilient, resourceful, result-oriented, and independent

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Study and implement pre-existing ultrasonic well integrity processing algorithms
  • Create synthetic well log data with known ground truth using acoustic simulation tools
  • Analyse and quantify the performance of different algorithms on real and synthetic data
  • Develop an open-source library for processing well logs with existing algorithms
  • Draw on the experience gained in the previous steps to develop and validate an improved processing algorithm
  • Publish results in the scientific literature

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Documents Required

  • CV, certificates, and diplomas
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher
  • Publication list, if applicable
  • Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries must provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests and results are:
    • TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet- based test)
    • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS tests accepted)
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade A or B

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

About the Project/Department

The purpose of the project is to understand, implement, and improve on the algorithms currently used to process the ultrasonic measurements used to determine whether petroleum wells are tightly sealed or not. Such well log measurements are essential for environmental safety as well as the safety of platform staff.

Despite the importance of such measurements, and even though service companies have offered well logging tools based on the same measurement principles for around 40 years, development of processing algorithms has been slow. While different service companies often have their own patented processing algorithms, there is at least one algorithm that is still in extensive use today despite being more than 30 years old. However, research has shown that there is more information available in the measured waveforms than the current processing algorithms can extract.

Furthermore, research on processing algorithms has not been widespread outside the service companies that develop and offer such tools. A major reason for this is that real measured well log data has not been widely available. However, in CIUS we have the advantage of having access to a large non-public dataset measured in a variety of North Sea wells and a detailed understanding of how to use it. Furthermore, we have knowledge about and experience with several of the pre-existing processing algorithms as well as very strong ultrasound skills in general.

The researcher will be part of CIUS, a multidisciplinary centre for research-based innovation funded for 8 years by the Research Council of Norway. CIUS is a collaboration between 12 ultrasound industry companies, 3 universities, one research institute and 4 public health partners. CIUS aims be a world-leading centre for research and innovation in ultrasound, with applications in e.g. healthcare, maritime, and oil and gas. The position will be based at the heart of CIUS, at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

The position reports to Erlend Magnus Viggen, researcher at NTNU/CIUS. Other NTNU/CIUS researchers that will be involved are Svein-Erik Måsøy and Tonni Franke Johansen. The project will be developed in collaboration with the CIUS industrial partner Equinor.

The Department of Circulation and Imaging (ISB) has 260 employees, and its research units are at the Cardiothoracic Centre at St. Olav’s Hospital, integrated with collaborating clinical divisions. The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB) includes anaesthesiology, radiology, radiography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, exercise physiology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and biomedical engineering.

The department is also responsible for the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS), the Medical Simulation Centre and the MR Centre. More information about the department is available at http://www.ntnu.edu/isb

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Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Researcher with a Ph.D. (code 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 534 400 til NOK 677 600 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The gross salary for the position of Researcher withouth a Ph.D. (code 1108) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 454 200 til NOK 574 700 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Researcher Erlend Magnus Viggen, email erlend.viggen@ntnu.no.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Advisor Sissel Sollien, e-mail: sissel.sollien@ntnu.no

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