PhD Scholarship at University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen is pleased to invite applicants to apply for PhD position in computer science. The duration of this scholarship is 1 year to 4 years. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to February 15, 2015. 

Existing oil/gas reserves are declining and not fully exploited and the complexity of finding new reserves are high. At the same time, drilling costs have increased significantly over the last decade, without an according increase in oil price. Therefore new technologies are needed to realistically quantify uncertainties related to information about existing and new hydrocarbon reservoirs, in order to reduce associated risk.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop methods that allow a probabilistic description of available information (seismic data and geostatistical information), that will allow combining the information into a reservoir model with realistic and trustworthy uncertainty estimates. The PhD project will involve a combination of theory and algorithm development. The methods developed in the project will be applied to real seismic data sets related to oil and gas reservoirs.

This PhD position is part of a recently funded project by Innovation Fund Denmark, called Probabilistic Seismic Prospect Assessment (PSPA – press release), carried out in collaboration with Qeye Labs, experts in processing and inversion of seismic data. The main goal of PSPA is to build theory and algorithms that allow uncertainty characterization (through probabilistic inversion) of hydrocarbon reservoirs based on information from seismic data and information about geological plausible subsurface structures. The PhD project will be based at the Solid Earth Geophysics and Computational Geoscience Group at the Niels Bohr Institute.

 Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Thomas Mejer Hansen, Niels Bohr Institute.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,17. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master's degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty's master's programmes.

At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

Application Requirements
Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:.
- Manage and carry through your research project.
- Take PhD courses.
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis.
- Participate in congresses.
- Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad.
- Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates.
- A master's degree in physics, applied mathematics, mathematical modelling and computing, computational science and engineering, computational geoscience, or equivalent academic qualifications.
- The grade point average achieved.
- Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.
- Previous publications.
- Relevant work experience.
- Other professional activities.
- Language skills.
- Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)

How to apply?
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. Please include.
- Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
- CV.
- Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc).
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),.
- Full contact details (Name, address, telephone email) of 1-3 professional referees.
- Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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