PhD student: Multi-component Fibre-Optic Seismic Acquisition

Department/faculty: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2222 to €2840 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 resides within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and encompasses five sections: Applied Geology, Applied Petrophysics and Geophysics, Geo-Engineering, Resource Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. Within the Department there is considerable scope and encouragement for interdisciplinary research.

PhD candidates, post-docs and staff in the Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics section cooperate in a collegial atmosphere in a fundamental research programme directed towards developing cutting-edge acquisition, imaging and monitoring methodologies for resource exploration, environmental and engineering applications. PhD candidates are stimulated to present their research at international conferences, to publish in high-ranked scientific journals and to form an international professional network. Graduates of the section find employment in the geophysical industry and in the academic world. This position is part of the VirtualSeis programme (see

Job description

Using the latest technology of seismic vibrators and seismic sensing with fibre-optic cables, also known as Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), you will develop high-density multi-component seismic acquisition methodology for both active-source and passive seismology. The high-density recording will be optimally suited to separate weak reflection signals and/or earthquake responses from system generated and anthropogenic noise. The main challenge is how to deal with that noise, via modelling and field data, to obtain high-fidelity reflection images. For the latter, you will use the controllable vibrator developed in Delft and your multi-component fibre-optic sensing system to carry out reflection experiments in Groningen, a province in the Netherlands that is severely affected by induced earthquakes. 


We seek a candidate with an MSc degree in (preferably) geoscience and with proven excellence in physical and mathematical thinking. Moreover, the candidate should be a good communicator, have broad interests and learn quickly. The candidate should also possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English.

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 Dr. Guy Drijkoningen, phone: +31 (0)15-2787846, e-mail:, or Prof Kees Wapenaar, e-mail: Please e-mail your application in one single pdf entitled Lastname_ CITG17-13.pdf by 26 November 2017 to The application should include: a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, summary of academic record or research experience, abstract of your MSc thesis (1 page), list of any publications, grades list, proof of English language proficiency and names of three references. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CITG17-13.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2222 to €2840 per month gross

Closing date
Nov. 26, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Guy Drijkoningen, Associate Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2787846

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Kees Wapenaar/Geoscience & Engineering.