PhD Position for Candidates with a MSc in Mathematics, Physics or Related Fields, Norway

A three year position as research fellow (PhD position) is available within the project ”Reservoir characterization using ensemble Kalman filter”. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and several industry partners. The PhD education will be affiliated with the PhD programme at the University of Bergen and the research will be performed in close cooperation with the “Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research”, one of 21 Norwegian Centres of Excellence.

The main objective of the project is to develop methodology for petroleum reservoir characterization.

Possible research tasks include:
* improve the uncertainty quantification provided by the ensemble Kalman filter
* develop methodology for history matching in cases with complex geology
* increase the understanding of the effect of model error.

The research present challenges from various disciplines including mathematics, statistics, computer science and reservoir engineering.

The successful applicant will spend one year as visiting scholar at the University of Oklahoma or the University of Tulsa.

Skills
The fellowship is open to candidates with a strong background in Mathematics, Physics or related fields. Candidates must hold a MSc degree or equivalent. Excellent academic track record, strong IT skills, familiarity with Unix/Linux and programming experience beyond Visual Basic are desired.

Personal qualities
You are creative, positive, curious, open minded, show initiative, and able to work well in multi disciplinary teams.

Application
The application must include a complete overview of education and professional activities (CV), scanned copies of diplomas and transcripts, a list of publications, and contact details of two or three referees. The application must be sent by e-mail to Kristin.Flornes[ at ]iris.no

Conditions
Starting salary at salary level 43 (code 1017) on the government salary scale (currently NOK 325 600 per year); following ordinary meriting regulations (wage levels 43/47). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time and satisfy the admission requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

Unit: IRIS-Petroleum

Working Place: Bergen and Oklahoma

Deadline: 29.03.2008

Contact info: Chief Scientist Geir Nævdal
Research Director Kristin Flornes

To apply: www.iris.no/stilling