PhD Research Fellow in computational mathematics for geoscience – ERC MaPSI
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PhD Research Fellow in computational mathematics for geoscience – ERC MaPSI
The Department of Mathematics has a vacancy for a PhD position in mathematics
for geoscience with start date between 1 April and 1 November 2022.The
position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th
year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department.)
The position is part of the ERC Consolidator Grant “Mathematical and Numerical
Modelling of Process-Structure Interaction in Fractured Geothermal Systems”
(MaPSI), and it is one out of two PhD positions currently announced for the
project. The position will also be integrated in the recently established
Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurface Dynamics
(https: // www. uib.no/en/vista-csd). The center involves approximately 40
people, including faculty, researchers, postdocs and PhD and master students.
About the project/work tasks:
In the development and production of high-temperature geothermal resources,
large, induced gradients in pressure and temperature during injection
operations result in complex coupled processes. This includes boiling of
geothermal fluids and deformation of the fractured rock, coupled dynamics that
are currently not well understood. This provides a core motivation as well as
challenging test cases for the mathematical and numerical developments in the
MaPSI project. MaPSI has as its main objective to provide mathematical models
and simulation technology required to assess subsurface process-structure
interaction in the context of hydraulic and thermal stimulation in development
and production of high-temperature geothermal resources. This includes
development of numerical approaches to enable modelling of geothermal
reservoir case-studies for multiphase flow and phase-change in thermo-
poroelastic media with fractures that may slip, deform, and propagate.
Software development in the project will expand on the open-source software
framework PorePy (github.com/pmgbergen/porepy), which already has strong
capabilities in modelling of coupled process-structure interaction in
fractured porous media.
Tasks for the PhD candidate will include further development of mathematical
models and development and implementation of numerical methods to better
simulate coupled physical processes in the subsurface related to fractures
sliding, deforming and propagation because of stimulation and production of
the geothermal reservoir. The candidate will also contribute to the
interdisciplinary goals of the project and take part in interdisciplinary
Qualifications and personal qualities:
Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in applied
and computational mathematics or scientific computing, or, alternatively,
in computational physics or computational geoscience. Master students can
apply provided they complete their final master exam before 31 October
It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been
Education at master's level and strong expertise in mathematical
modelling, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, and related
software development is a requirement.
Good programming skills are required.
Experience with numerical methods for flow in porous media and/or
geomechanics is an advantage.
Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner
and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
In the assessment of relevant candidates, a holistic assessment of both
quality and breadth in the candidates' background will be carried out.
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.
About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):
The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th
year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at
the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is
contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of
the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.
The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a
qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).
About the research training
As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational
programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for
applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and
Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start
of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition
that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the
University of Bergen.
We can offer:
a good and professionally stimulating working environment
salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the
state salary scale. Thisconstitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 491 200.
Further promotions are made according tolength of service in the position.
enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
good welfare benefits
Your application must include:
a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for
applying for the position
the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be
the main advisor forthe master's thesis or equivalent thesis
transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's
degrees. If youhave not yet completed your master's degree, please submit
a statement from your institutionconfirming the expected date of award of
your master's degree. Your master's degree must bedocumented with
transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your
institution oncompleted degree and your grade, by 31 October 2022.
approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf.
English language requirements for PhD admission)
a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
any publications in your name
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a
Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.
For further details about the position, please contact Professor Inga Berre,
Department of Mathematics, University of Bergen, e-mail: email@example.com,
telephone number: +47 990 42 244.
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the
greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore
a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People
with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to
apply for the position.
We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately
equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information
when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has
asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant
must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
Further information about the employment process can be found here.
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