The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a Ph.D. fellowship in “Petroleum Technology” at the Faculty of Science & Technology, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering. The position is vacant from august 2021.
The PhD student will be affiliated with the following project “Materials for Zonal Isolation in Shallow Gas Zones”
The position is externally funded by SFI SWiPA Centre (Centre for Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment) which is financed by Equinor, Wintershall Dea, and the Research Council of Norway.
This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.
The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.
According to publications large amounts of methane, a major greenhouse gas, are leaking into the North Sea from abandoned oil and gas well. Identification and sealing off shallow gas pockets are challenges, which industry is faced with. “Given the size and position of gas pockets in North Sea, the area has the potential to emit between 900 to 3,700 tonnes of methane annually” [Ref]. During permanent well abandonment, biogenic gas in shallow gas pockets, may find their ways through the wellbore to the seabed and be diagnosed as leak by the general public.
These gas pockets are at shallow depths where temperature is relatively low, which complicates optimal solidification for Portland cement. In addition, the low temperature increases gelation time of cement and consequently the gas invasion is more susceptible. Probably, the explained conditions and properties of Portland cement can lead to poor zonal isolation and in long-term a less reliable P&A activities. Therefore, it is necessary to improve performance of available techniques and materials employed during the intermediate abandonment phase of permanent well abandonment.
The PhD work will be conducted by completing the following activities:
As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary project proposal (approx 1000 words) for a doctoral project within the project described above, 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 will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final project description.
We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within petroleum engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, physics or fluid dynamics, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.
It is considered an advantage if you have authored or co-authored publication(s) in international conferences or journals and have a background either in chemistry, well cementing, laboratory activities, material science
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 2021 you are also welcome to apply.
Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale. You can use these conversion scales to calculate your points for admission.
Emphasis is also placed on your:
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:
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.
More information on the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Mahmoud Khalifeh, tel: +4751832130, e-mail: Mahmoud.firstname.lastname@example.org or Head of Department Øystein Arild, tel: +4747672710, e-mail: email@example.com.
Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Margot A.Treen, tel: +4751831419, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to UiS.
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 English text takes precedence.Continue reading
|Title||Ph.D fellowship in Petroleum Technology|
|Employer||University of Stavanger|
|Job location||Kjell Arholmsgt. 41, 4036 Stavanger|
|Published||April 12, 2021|
|Application deadline||May 20, 2021|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Materials Engineering,   Chemical Engineering,   Environmental Engineering,   Petroleum Engineering,   Fluid Mechanics  |