PhD position within Well Integrity and Life Cycle Management - Data Analytics Approach via EURAXESS

Trondheim, , NO

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About the position

NTNU has a vacancy for a 3-year PhD fellowship at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). The researcher will be a part of BRU21: NTNU Research and Innovation Program on Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry ( BRU21 is a PhD driven Program with about 30 PhD/PostDoc projects led by 25 Professors from different institutes at NTNU as well as a number of industrial co-supervisors. The PhD candidates are financed either by NTNU or by an Oil and Gas Company. This specific PhD Fellowship is financed by Petrobras and the PhD candidate will work on a use case in collaboration with Petrobras.        

The candidate will formally be employed by NTNU for a 3 years PhD period with location in Trondheim, Norway. The candidate must expect some travel between Rio de Janeiro and Trondheim related to the use case.

You will report to your supervisor.

Duties of the position

Well integrity monitoring and control is intended to reduce the risk of failures, which causes must be understood and mitigated or eliminated. In addition to fault detection, it is important to develop means to predict and avoid critical faults and degradation mechanisms, considering the whole life cycle of a well starting from its concept design phase through construction, production until its plug and abandonment. In this project the focus will be on solving these challenges through employing new data analytics techniques and establishment of an appropriated integrity criteria based on industry best practices and on the related state-of-the-art.

The primary objective is to develop a computer-based artificial intelligence system, or a system of systems, for offshore well integrity and life cycle management for the Brazilian and Norwegian Continental Shelves.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position’s main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in  drilling and well contruction or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Required qualifications

  • Background in drilling and well construction, mechanical engineering or similar
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Desired qualifications

  • Background and/or experience relevant to the project topic (see the project topic)
  • Good knowledge of digital tools like Matlab, Python, etc. 
  • Experience with data analytics technics (e.g. machine learning, artificial intelligence)
  • Industrial experience
  • Written and oral Portuguese language skills will be considered as an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • A high level of personal responsibility and initiative
  • Work independently as well as part of a team in accordance with the project objectives
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary projects and teams

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years without required duties. The startup date preferably before August 2020.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant’s contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

For more information about the position, please contact:

Professor Sigbjørn Sangesland, email: [email protected] , or Professor Alexey Pavlov, email: [email protected]

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number IV-85/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 14.04.2020

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