PhD Position Improved Seismic Monitoring of Underground Hydrogen Storage (UHS) in Depleted Hydrocarbon Fields - Tenders Global

PhD Position Improved Seismic Monitoring of Underground Hydrogen Storage (UHS) in Depleted Hydrocarbon Fields

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

4 Jan 2024
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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
4 Feb 2024 – 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Not Applicable
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

The Dutch government has funded the HyTROS consortium to investigate and enable Hydrogen Transport, Offshore and Storage in the Netherlands. The consortium consists of 11 universities, 2 research institutes, 2 universities of applied sciences, and 19 industrial partners. As part of the Task “Large-scale hydrogen storage” of HyTROS consortium, the Department of Geoscience and Engineering at TU Delft is seeking to recruit 2 fully funded PhD positions for 4 years each. The PhD candidates will work on underground hydrogen storage (UHS) in depleted hydrocarbon fields, specifically on field-scale characterization, performance analyses and monitoring of UHS to enable its efficient and secure operation in a potential pilot site. The successful applicants will work in close cooperation with each other under the supervision of researchers from the sections Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics, Reservoir Engineering, Applied Geology, and Delphi consortium .

PhD 2 will concentrate on the design of improved geophysical monitoring campaigns for the quantification of the geological uncertainties and the analysis of the impact of geological heterogeneities in the reservoir, caprock, and overburden on the geophysical resolution and sensitivity.


  • Design improved geophysical monitoring campaigns to quantify geological uncertainties and analyse the impact of geological heterogeneities in the reservoir, caprock and overburden.
  • Identify the key multi-scale geological characteristics and uncertainties relevant for UHS in porous reservoirs (in cooperation with other project team members).
  • Develop operational protocols for safe and optimal cyclic storage and withdrawal which are based on the improved understanding of the impact of reservoir uncertainties and geological heterogeneities on reservoir (in cooperation with other project team members).
  • Provide pathways to develop a computational framework for real-time data integration in simulation models to guide decision-making for storage safety and performance optimization (in cooperation with other project team members).

To achieve the objectives stated above we foresee the following activities:

  • Familiarization with current geophysical acquisition and imaging techniques, in particular seismic reflection measurements, both surface-related measurements as well as borehole related measurements.
  • Investigation of the developed seismic methodologies that have been developed within the context of the Delphi consortium as well as other current methodologies such as Full Waveform Inversion.
  • Development, together with other team members in the project, of various UHS scenarios and forward modelling of the geophysical responses in order to determine optimized acquisition scenarios.
  • Analysis of the expected resolution and uncertainties related to the proposed geophysical acquisition and imaging scenarios.
  • Considering the use of Machine Learning techniques in case deterministic methods fall short or are too expensive.

Specific Requirements

The successful applicant will hold a relevant MSc degree in geoscience and engineering, with strong background in applied geophysics. Strong numerical and programming skills for forward and inverse problems are advantageous. Communication and interpersonal skills are essential to conduct the project successfully.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

Additional Information

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 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 a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 4 February 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Detailed CV;
  • Names and contact information of at least two relevant references;
  • Academic record;
  • If possible, a master thesis (or other research during your master’s degree).

Please note:

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Deyan Draganov, e-mail: [email protected] and Eric Verschuur, e-mail: [email protected] .

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