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Triassic Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Basin Development in the Ula Field Area, Norway - Aker BP

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    Prof A Hartley
    Prof D Jolley
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Triassic strata remain a potentially untapped resource in the Ula Field and surrounding areas of the Norwegian sector. To date only limited sedimentological and stratigraphic information are available for the Triassic strata in this area. To rectify this situation a fully funded PhD study is proposed that will increase understanding of the Ula Triassic depositional systems, enhance reservoir characterisation and lead to improved field development plans.

The will be multidisciplinary utilising biostratigraphy, sedimentology, log data and seismic analysis to understand basin development and controls on reservoir distribution and quality. The project will build on work flows and approaches developed in a similar study undertaken recently at the University of Aberdeen in the UK Central North Sea region. Ultimately the aim of the project will be to integrate the results from the Ula area into a wider understanding of Triassic basin development in the Central North Sea linking the UK and Norwegian sectors.

The successful candidate will be trained in and will apply a wide range of techniques including: 1) biostratigraphy of mudstone intervals, 2) sedimentological analysis from core, 3) interpretation of wireline log data including facies prediction into uncored intervals, 4) interpretation of seismic reflection data to gain an understanding of the structural controls on sedimentation. A key aspect of the study will be the integration of the different datasets at a range of scales to reconstruct Triassic basin development and determine reservoir presence and distribution within a basin-scale framework.

This PhD study will provide an excellent opportunity for a student to gain expertise in a wide range of different techniques and transferrable skill sets that can be utilised in a future geoscience-based career. To facilitate transfer of knowledge and rapid integration of results it is envisaged that the student will spend at least part of the study period within the offices of Aker BP.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to obtain a UK Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Geology or a related discipline.

Essential background and Knowledge: Familiarity with manipulation and interpretation of subsurface datasets used within the petroleum industry.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State the exact project title on the application form

Application closing date is 12:00pm (GMT) on 29 July 2019. Applications received after this time will NOT be considered. Additionally, incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• CV
• 2 References (Academic, where possible - we will not be contacting referees)

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor A Hartley ([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])

If a suitable candidate is identified, the studentship may be awarded before the closing date

The start date of the project will be 1 October 2019.

The other supervisors on this project is Jon Duncan (Aker BP)

Funding Notes

This project is funded by Aker BP. Tuition fees will be paid at the UK/EU rate with a stipend at Research Council rates which for 2019/2020 will be £15,009.

Due to the funding criteria set out by the sponsor we CANNOT accept applications from International applicants.

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