PhD in Seismic & Electromagnetic Data Assimilation for Reservoir Surveillance

Department/faculty: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2191 to €2801 per month gross

Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of the departments of Transport and Planning, Structural Engineering, Geoscience and Engineering, Water Management, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

The Department of Geoscience and Engineering executes a programme for inventive exploration, exploitation, and use of the Earth’s resources and subsurface space. It employs a staff of around 120 and 85 PhD candidates and teaches some 250 undergraduate students. It has an internationally leading role in research on petroleum engineering, applied geophysics and petrophysics, applied geology and geo-engineering. Within the Department there is considerable scope and encouragement for interdisciplinary research.

A key component of our research is close cooperation with other disciplines in the geosciences, engineering, and applied mathematics and physics. The proposed project is funded by the Delphi consortium (, which integrates research from various departments and involves industry sponsors from 30 international companies to develop breakthroughs in geo-imaging technologies. Delphi connects the the Department of Imaging Physics with the Department of Geoscience and Engineering. PhD candidates, post-docs and staff in this project cooperate in a collegial atmosphere in interdisciplinary research directed towards developing acquisition, imaging and monitoring methodologies as well as optimal control, data assimilation and advanced reservoir simulation.

Job description

In the characterisation of hydrocarbon reservoirs and their surveillance, seismic imaging will benefit from the inclusion of prior geological information and additional data such as electromagnetic (EM) data. The objective of this project is to develop a methodology for joint EM-seismic data assimilation building on existing methodologies developed within the Delphi consortium ( The focus will be on layers shallower than the reservoir where the additional data may help to mitigate transmission effects and internal multiples of the seismic data. Through modelling the acoustic and elastic response and assimilation experiments with a Bayesian methodology, we will investigate where EM data add most value. Initial static studies for synthetic geological settings will be followed by those with more complex realistic models, eventually leading to assimilation of existing EM data into dynamic flow models.


We are looking for a dynamic candidate with excellent mathematical skills and a background in (geo-)physics, geosciences, or mathematics. The candidate should have an MSc degree from a leading university and should be able to work and think in an interdisciplinary way. Experience in Electromagnetic methods, seismic imaging or numerical modelling is a distinct advantage. He/she should be able to work independently and develop new initiatives. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are a prerequisite.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive, customisable compensation and benefits package, including a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers day care, before- and after-school care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Femke Vossepoel, phone: +31 (0)15-2787173, e-mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Evert Slob, phone: +31 15 27 88732, email: . To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, summary of academic record and research experience, abstract of your MSc thesis (1 page), list of any publications, grades list, proof of English language proficiency and list of two references along with a letter of application in a single PDF file entitled “CiTG17.05_Lastname.pdf” by 1 September 2017 to Dian Verbunt,

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2191 to €2801 per month gross

Closing date
Sept. 1, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact F. C. Vossepoel, Associate Professor.

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For more information about the application procedure, please contact F. C. Vossepoel/Geoscience & Engineering.