PhD Position Seismic Property Characterisation for Stratigraphic Architecture Analysis and Static Geomodel Conditioning

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Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

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Functie omschrijving

In this project, you will create a series of simplified 2D and 3D numerical models of both fluvial and deltaic systems built using forward modelling tools. The numerical models will include 3D sedimentological and stratigraphic architecture (architectural elements; discrete heterogeneities) at specific heterogeneity scales.

An important step is to calibrate the numerical models with outcrop analogue data for both depositional system types. Part of this phase includes testing the sensitivity of discrete heterogeneity dimensions and transitions as well as continuous rock property gradients.

Subsequently, the calibrated numerical models will be populated with relevant lithological (rock) properties relevant for acoustic response recognition. Thereafter, pattern recognition techniques will be deployed to interrogate the synthetic seismic data. The subsequent deployment of machine learning techniques (in collaboration with the partner PhD project at the Department of Imaging Physics) will allow for the automated recognition and identification of stratigraphic architecture present in the seismic data.

Functie eisen

You are enthusiastic and have a strong background in sedimentary geology. In addition, you also have experience with modelling and analytical tools (programming and numerical solutions), a good understanding of geophysical techniques, and experience with seismic interpretation. Versatility and ability to work in a team is a necessity.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

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For more information about this vacancy, please contact Allard Martinius, Professor Petroleum Geology, email:, tel: +47 97087473.

To apply, please e-mail a single pdf file named ‘TUD00547_YourLastName.pdf’ with your:

  • letter of motivation

  • detailed CV

  • list of grades/transcripts

  • contact information of 2 references

  • abstract of your master thesis

Please compile all this information into a single pdf file named ‘TUD00547_YourLastName.pdf’ and send this to Please note that applications can only be processed if all documents required are compiled into a single pdf document.

Please apply before November 3, 2020.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

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  • Er is geen minimale opleiding vereist
  • Voor deze functie is er geen minimale werkervaring vereist

Wat wij bieden

€ 2.395,- tot € 3.061,- per maand

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