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ABERDEEN - CURTIN ALLIANCE JOINT PHD OPPORTUNITY:- Unconventional reservoir imaging and geological interpretation in porous, heterogeneous environment via integrated seismic, petrophysical, and mineralogical techniques

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    Dr L De Siena
    Dr D Healy
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Project Description

Imaging through heterogeneous sequences suffers from the shading of underlying reflectors caused by the high-velocity and high frequency absorption of the volcanic rocks. This is paired with the presence of laterally varying attenuation, which causes defocusing and scattering in multiple internal reflections, high noise levels” in the form of incoherent scattering patterns, and anomalous attenuation. The supervisors of the team have tackled these challenges separately by:

a) the development of novel seismic and rock-physics imaging techniques better apt at imaging sub-basaltic and intra-basalt sequences (De Siena, Vialle) in particular transforming attenuation and scattering from an hindrance into an imaging tool (De Siena);
b) the development of novel petrophysical and mineralogical techniques suitable for accurate measurements of statistical properties of rocks and understanding of how the rock matrix interacts with fluids/CO2 (Putnis, Healy);
c) the establishment of a rock-physics lab comprising an OGIC-funded HP/HT rock deformation and seismic apparatus, suitable for joint seismic and deformation measurements on heterogeneous rock samples (Healy).

The candidate will address the challenge of linking seismic and petrophysical/mineralogical parameters of industrial interest in the lab, strongly improving fracture and fluid flow characterization and understanding of CO2 sequestration processes. . He/she will then proceed to the development of computational tools and application at field scale, eventually leading to a proper “pore-fluid pressure tomography” of the reservoirs. This can be achieved without the need of collecting new seismic offshore data, and with strong impact on the reduction of risk associated e.g. to drilling.

The successful candidate will have, or expect to have, a UK Honours Degree (or equivalent) at 2.1 or above in Physics or Geophysics along with a Master degree in the same subjects.

The other supervisors on the project are Professor Andrew Putnis, Geochemistry, Curtin University and Dr Stephanie Vialle, Geophysics, Curtin University

The start date for the project is to be agreed by the supervisors but no later than 30 April 2018.

Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Geology to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing. Applicants will be required to meet the English Language Requirements of both Institutions.


Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Luca De Siena ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

Funding Notes: Funded by the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance. 2 years in Aberdeen and 1 in Curtin. Curtin University will pay its stipend at the Australian Government RTP scholarship base rate of AU $27,082 (2018) per annum. The UK (RCUK published national minimum stipend) is £14,553 (2017). All students will be given a fee waiver by the Institution at which they are studying, whether Home or Host. Travel expenses will also be provided at up to £1,500 total for both outward and inward bound flights to host institutions.

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