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The University of Stavanger, as part of the National Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Utilization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS2030), invites applicants for a PhD Fellowship in Robust reservoir management for safe and efficient CO2/H2 utilization and storage at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources. The position is vacant from January 2023.
This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development through a PhD education leading to a doctoral degree.
The hired candidate will be admitted to the PhD program in Science and Technology. The education includes relevant courses to about six months of study, a dissertation based on independent research, participation in national and international research environments, relevant academic communication, a trial lecture and public defence. Read more about the PhD education at UiS on our website.
The aim of the project is to develop and apply workflows for optimization and data assimilation of reservoir models under geological uncertainty (using multiple model realizations). The context is CO2 and H2 subsurface utilization and storage. This may include enhanced oil recovery, storage and leakage detection, optimized storage volume without leak at minimal cost and detecting alterations of the flow system (in wettability or permeability).
The PhD Fellow is expected to collaborate within the center and take benefit and contribute to work packages where relevant. Especially, the PhD fellow should make use of CO2/H2 big data from a subsurface knowledge cloud, such as performing federated computation (model and knowledge transfer from analog fields) and contributing to development and management of CO2 and H2 workflows on the cloud.
The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.
The position is funded by NCS2030.
Research topic
NCS2030 ( is a national research centre funded by the National Research Council of Norway, industry and research partners. The main goal of the centre is to facilitate an energy-efficient, multi-purpose utilization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf subsurface in the transition to a Sustainable Subsurface Value Chain . An important part of this is to educate tomorrow s energy experts. The energy sector requires geoscientists who understand the importance of transitioning to a sustainable energy mix. NCS2030 will contribute with leading edge research for both cost and energy-efficient Net Zero Emission oil and gas production, and utilization of reservoirs for renewable energy production and storage of CO2.
The PhD Fellow will be affiliated with the following NCS2030 project: “Robust reservoir management for safe and efficient CO2/H2 utilization and storage”.
This PhD project addresses several important topics. The energy transition requires that fossil fuel CO2 emissions are captured and safely stored. Hydrogen is an environmentally friendly energy carrier but requires large storage space which can be enabled in the subsurface. Both storage processes depend on the geological structure, integrity and flow properties and the interaction between the injectant and reservoir rock and fluids which may be uncertain. Accounting for the available information and its uncertainty allows making better decisions. Optimization can reveal the best long term strategies for safe injection and storage. Data assimilation (updating the models as information becomes available) allows us to revise these strategies. Some challenges this project may address are the computational expensive optimization, which can be assisted by machine learning. Further, having access to a knowledge cloud with structured data from the relevant and analog fields can improve our (initial) decision making and our ability to detect abnormal events such as leakage and alterations of the porous medium.
Project proposal
As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary project proposal for a doctoral project within the subject area, which explains the problem, relevance, theoretical and methodological approach. Your preliminary project proposal will be included in the application assessment.
During the first three months of the employment period, the project proposal and progress plan will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final plan for the PhD-project. A project proposal template can be found here.
The proposal should be maximum 4 pages in standard format and include references and a simple Gantt chart. Make it clear how your skills are suited or can be developed to complete the project.
Qualification requirements
We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within reservoir engineering, machine learning, applied mathematics, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.
To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Stavanger both the grade for your master s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade. If you finish your education (masters degree) in the spring of 202x you are also welcome to apply.
Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F, and/or with other types of credits than sp/ECTS, must attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale and a Diploma Supplement or similar that explains the scope of the subject that are included in the education. You can use these conversion scales to calculate your points for admission.
Experience within the follwing will be considered an advantage (candidates with experience on just a few points are still relevant and are encouraged to apply):
Emphasis is also placed on your:
Requirements for competence in English
A good proficiency in English is required for anyone attending the PhD program. International applicants must document this by taking one of the following tests with the following results:
The following applicants are exempt from the above requirements:
We offer
University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.
You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.
The university aims to recruit more women within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, female applicants will be given priority.
Contact information
More information on the position (and project description) can be obtained from Associate Professor P l steb Andersen, tel: +47 51832241, e-mail:
Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Margot A.Treen, tel: +4751831419, e-mail:
To apply for this position please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In your application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.
The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:
Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above and that you have attached the necessary documentation.
The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.
Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants – see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.
UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.
General information
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. If your application is considered to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter legislation, it will be rejected without further assessment.
Employment as PhD Fellow is regulated in “Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident“.
Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee’s statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.
The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a relevant centre of research.
It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.
The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.
UiS – challenge the well-known and explore the unknown
The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 2,200 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for green and sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.
In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.
Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.
The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS) and the regional industry. A number of master’s and doctoral theses are made in collaboration with the industry. The faculty has established research collaborations with universities in the US and Europe, and has developed several academic environments that are at the forefront internationally. The faculty has about 2,800 students and approximately 500 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.
The Department of Energy Resources boasts an international environment for staff and students. The research is associated with societal challenges and opportunities stemming from environmentally-friendly energy and climate. This includes production and storage of energy resources and disposal of waste products in the subsurface, geosciences, technology for improved oil recovery (IOR), and decision & data analytical methods and applications. The department offers study programs relevant for exploration, storage and production of natural resources and modeling for improving decision-making and value creation.
We have broad collaboration with other universities, research institutes and industry. The department has an international focus with a large degree of English as teaching language and mobility of students and staff. The Department of Energy Resources has ca. 45 members of staff, including PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.
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