Postdoctoral Position in Seismic Studies of Arctic Rrift Basins and Reservoirs at University Centre in Svalbard, Norway 2011

We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with strong academic ambitions that has the ability to work successfully within a large project team, as well as take a leading role around the seismic studies undertaken by the team. The Post Doc will be responsible for the new UNIS seismic interpretation lab, which offers modern work stations and software (e.g. Petrel). The scientific work will focus on two large projects; Longyearbyen CO2 lab and Barents Sea – Svalbard Rift Basins, as follows: (i) The Longyearbyen CO2 lab aims at storing CO2 in the bedrock beneath Longyearbyen. The target reservoir is being described in terms of sedimentological, structural and seismic characteristics, applying both surface and cross-well active and passive seismic methods to better image the reservoir and cap rock successions. The seismic work is connected to studies of the Norsar’s Safe CO2 project and geophysics team at the University of Bergen. (ii) Structural and depositional setting of Carboniferous and Triassic rift basins that are developed in the Barents Sea Platform and Svalbard. Studies will include offshore/onshore well and seismic facies studies, with identification of depositional sequences and environments reflected in the basin fill, structural analysis of the rift basin faults (fault throw, juxtaposition and fault seal analyses), and the link between basins and regional rift phases. A particular focus will be on the offshore-onshore link in the northern part of Barents Sea, aiming to get a better understanding of the rift development in time and space. Field work could be carried out both in late winter/early spring and during the summer season. Well and seismic studies will be carried out in-house by modern work stations and software (e.g. Petrel)

The appointed candidate must have a PhD degree or equivalent in geology or solid-earth geophysics, with a well-developed understanding of seismic interpretation software. Good oral and written skills in English are important. If the candidate joins the team on field work, this will require camping in the High Arctic, and strenuous hiking partly in steep terrain. The successful candidate must live in Longyearbyen. He/she is expected to contribute actively to ongoing scientific activities in the department. It is also expected that the Post Doc takes an active part in the advancement of his/her field of research, and he/she must also be willing to contribute to the development of UNIS in a more general sense.

Scholarship Deadline: October 25th, 2011

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