Two Funded PhD Opportunities

manchester universityTwo fully funded PhD scholarships are available immediately. The research projects aim to evaluate the evolution of the Moroccan Atlantic Passive Margin during the Early Cretaceous, by characterizing the depositional systems onshore along the well – exposed coastal sections, and analysis of subsurface data offshore. The research will improve understanding of the depositional systems, developing robust facies models and assessing the provenance and nature of clastic input into the basin. This will be integrated with linked studies examining the basin evolution, with the implications for the petroleum systems and prediction of reservoirs, source distribution, generation, migration and seal.

The research is funded by the North Africa Research Group (NARG), which is sponsored by leading international oil companies. Student will be joining a large interdisciplinary and multi – scale research project to be undertaken in collaboration with a number of leading Universities, and supported by ONHYM, comprising up to 5 PhDs, 1MRes student, 1 PDRA and academic staff from the University of Manchester and Tu Delft.

Candidates should have strong sedimentological background, together with good mapping skills and an understanding of basin tectonics and modeling. Familiarity with interpretation of subsurface data (well logs and seismic) would be an advantage. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are important, and a knowledge of French is an advantage.

The research will involve extensive fieldwork onshore Morocco, along the Atlantic margin to undertake detailed analysis of onshore outcrops to develop improved sedimentological models and establish depositional facies distributions through time, provenance, diagenesis and improved chronostratigraphy. This will be integrated with analysis of available offshore subsurface data (seismic and well data) provided by sponsoring companies, to develop models for the evolution of the Cretaceous system and control on sedimentation and basin evolution.

The Basin Studies and Petroleum Geoscience Group at the University of Manchester is one of the largest in the UK, with 15 academic staff and over 30 PhDs working on a range of projects across the globe, most funded by leading oil companies. We have access to unrivalled facilities, including Field GR, LiDAR, a new petrophysical laboratory for porosity and permeability analysis, in – house thin section facility, CL, SEM etc. In addition we have a world – leading computing workstation suite, with over 50 workstations and access to all leading industry standard software, including the full range of Schlumberger software (Petrel, PetroMod etc).

The field study will utilise differential global positioning system (DGPS), digital photogrammetry (using multiple digital images to reconstruct three dimensional information) in addition to LIDAR, and will be georeferenced using ArcInfo. Manchester leads in the use of quantitative outcrop data collection, using our proprietary software – VRGS

Applicants should apply online: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/

For additional information lease contact Prof Jonathan Redfern jonathan.redfern@manchester.ac.uk

Deadline for applications September 30th 2013