PhD studentship in Mathematical Sciences

University of Nottingham - School of Mathematical Sciences

Uncertainty quantification in geoelectrical monitoring

Supervised by Dr Marco Iglesias

This project will be based at the University of Nottingham in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Over the past decade, geoelectrical imaging has become the leading technology for continuously monitoring the shallow subsurface volumetrically and in real time. This technology plays a crucial role in assisting industrial and governmental stakeholders in addressing some of the most pressing societal challenges that impact on the subsurface, such as unconventional energy sources, carbon sequestration, waste management and groundwater contamination.

However, current geoelectrical imaging techniques do not allow appropriate quantification of the uncertainty intrinsic to the subsurface. The absence of uncertainty quantification in the subsurface has profound detrimental effects on evidence-based decision-making, the assessment and management of risks associated with subsurface hazards, the design of cost-effective remediation strategies and the improvement of stakeholder and public acceptance in the context of potentially controversial uses of the subsurface (e.g. unconventional hydrocarbons, CO2 storage).

This project will develop Bayesian methodologies for geoelectrical imaging with the ultimate aim of inferring and quantify uncertainty in subsurface properties in the presence of realistic geologies. The project will be focused on applications that include carbon capture and storage, unconventional hydrocarbons and underground gas storage.

This project will be jointly co-supervised by Dr. Oliver Kuras by the British Geological Survey and will involved using real time-lapse geoelectrical data for testing and validating the techniques developed during the project.

Summary: UK/EU students - Tuition Fees paid, and full Stipend at the RCUK rate, which is £14,296 per annum for 2016/17. There will also be some support available for you to claim for limited conference attendance. The scholarship length will be 3 years.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements: We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics (or other highly mathematical field such as Physics), preferably at MMath/MSc level, or an equivalent overseas degree (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 class degree, or equivalent, can be considered).

Apply: This studentship is available to start from September 2017 and remain open until it is filled. To apply please visit the University Of Nottingham application page:

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This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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