Postdoctoral Position in Quantitative Seismic Interpretation Applied to Geothermal Reservoirs
Aarhus University, Department of Geoscience

Postdoctoral position in quantitative seismic interpretation applied to geothermal reservoirs 


The Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University invites application for a postdoctoral position in quantitative seismic interpretation to start as soon as possible. Candidates are required to hold a PhD degree in geophysics, geoscience, applied physics or related fields. It is a one-year position with the possibility of extension, when new project funding becomes available.


The candidate shall apply, develop and test quantitative seismic interpretation methodologies for extracting pre-drilling information of geothermal sedimentary reservoirs in terms of detailed lithological characteristics and rock physics.


Advanced quantitative seismic reflection methodologies, developed and applied by the hydrocarbon industry, have the potential of providing information on porosity and production capacity of deep reservoirs. These methods are to be applied to and further developed towards the challenges related to onshore geothermal reservoirs with special emphasis on sandstone reservoir environments present in the Danish sedimentary basins. Existing high quality 3D and 2D seismic data and well data are available for testing of methodologies. 


The candidate will be part of a strong group of geoscientist and students at the Department of Geoscience working with seismic processing, modelling and interpretation as well as thermal modelling of geothermal reservoirs. The group holds state-of-the-art seismic facilities and software such as Promax, Petrel, Paleoscan and OpendTect. The project is to be carried out in close cooperation with The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and industrial partners.


The applicant is expected to have significant experience in working with reflection seismic data from sedimentary environments. He or she and must have high numerical and analytical skills in order to carry out seismic modelling and quantitative interpretation using modern seismic software systems. Research results are to be developed to the level required for publication in high standard peer reviewed international journals.


Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4, DK-8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.


Further Information

For further information please contact Niels Balling,

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Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. 

Formalities and salary range 

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. 

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. 

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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