PhD position in Arctic Geology at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in sedimentology and reservoir studies.

Deadline for applications is 1 July 2015

ARCEx PhD position at UNIS: Sedimentology and reservoir studies of outcropping paralic clastic wedges in the Central Basin of Svalbard compared with subsurface analogues.

The Department of Arctic Geology of the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) has a vacancy for a PhD position for three years. The PhD position is linked to Work Package 2: Petroleum systems and play concepts in the Arctic. The research will address the task T.S 2.3; reservoir studies, onshore-offshore stratigraphy and tectonic links with close relationship to reservoir studies.

This task includes the study of thicknesses, lateral continuity, and vertical stacking patterns of reservoir units, by analyzing their architecture and scale in time and space. Targeted datasets will be Barents Sea seismic and well data including core and wireline logs and analogue exposures of sandstone bodies (e.g. Reservoir bodies). Hereunder, one purpose will be to combine quantitative outcrop studies to better predict expected reservoir quality in both frontier areas and for new exploration targets.

More specifically the PhD candidate will focus on delta front/shoreline deposits and use outcrops on Svalbard as playground for better description and interpretation of the analogues in the subsurface of the Barents Sea. Some of the Paleogene shallow marine and coastal plain wedges in the Central Basin of Svalbard are well exposed, but still poorly understood. These wedges represent early depositional responses to the uplift of the West-Spitsbergen fold-and-thrust belt. They consist of stacked deltaic lobes that prograded from west to east across the initial foreland basin. The wedges represent important analogues to subsurface deltaic and coastal depositional units at the Barents Shelf, including shallow shelf deltas in the Triassic Kobbe and Snadd formations and in the Upper Triassic to middle Jurassic – Realgrunnen Subgroup. The PhD project aims to acquire improved knowledge of these wedges and their subsurface analogue counterparts.

How to apply and further information can be found here.