Research Associate - School of Earth Sciences

United Kingdom
33,797 - 38,017 per annum
Oct 16, 2019
Nov 09, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to study reflection seismic imaging of shale gas plays, which will be based in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. This 2-year position is linked to the NERC/ESRC Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System Program ( ). Challenge 2 aims to characterise the UK's shale resource potential, distribution, composition, mechanical and flow properties.

You will be working with researchers from across the UKUH Challenge 2 institutions (Imperial College, Nottingham Uni., Leicester Uni., Heriott-Watt, Manchester Uni., Bristol Uni., and the British Geological Survey) to deliver a broad-scale, multi-disciplinary project, relevant to a resource that is of high socio-economic and political significance.

Your task within this project will be to develop methods to characterise shale gas reservoirs using reflection seismic methods. You will be working with publicly available reflection seismic and well-log data acquired over UK shale gas sites. You will link reflection seismic observations with rock physics and petrophysical characterisation of shale rocks provided by the research partners listed above. Doing so will provide a holistic interpretation, from micro- to field-scale, of UK shale rocks, and the influence that these factors will have on the size and quality of this resource. While the UK shale gas resource is the primary focus of the project, it is anticipated that the methods you develop and the results you generate will have a broad significance with respect to the imaging and development of all types of subsurface resource.

The successful applicant should have a strong background in reflection seismology to PhD level, or with equivalent industry experience. Expertise in scientific programming is essential. Previous experience of analysing seismic anisotropy would be advantageous, as would experience of petrophysical characterisation of shale rocks, or of microseismic monitoring data. The successful applicant will possess strong written and oral communication skills and be expected to present results at national and international conferences, and by publishing findings in international journals.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr James Verdon ( )

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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