PDRA - Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty for Inverse Problems

Heriot-Watt University - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) was established in 1975 to satisfy the oil industry’s growing requirement for professional petroleum engineers. Nearly 40 years later, it is now recognised internationally as a leading centre of excellence in petroleum engineering and petroleum geoscience teaching, training and research with strong links to industry world-wide. IPE has strong and vibrant community of over 100 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and undertakes wide-ranging and integrated research into oil and gas exploration, development and production, as well as into wider energy issues. Current key research themes include carbon capture and storage, enhanced oil recovery, gas hydrates and uncertainty quantification. In addition, the Institute has developed a successful programme of continuing professional development courses through which quality training is delivered to professionals who wish to broaden their skills or deepen their subject knowledge. Further information can be obtained at:  http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/research/ipe.htm

Applications are invited for one of a number of postdoctoral research fellow positions to work on the £2.6m EPSRC-funded Programme Grant EQUIP (Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty for Inverse Problems). This post will be based at Heriot-Watt University, with others based at the University of Warwick or at Imperial College. You should apply directly to the institution where you wish to be based, although if you are flexible you are strongly encouraged to apply to all of Heriot-Watt, Imperial College and Warwick.

EQUIP tackles a number of key methodological and theoretical challenges arising in the solution of statistical inverse problems, primarily driven by applications in subsurface inversion such as groundwater flow, oil and gas reservoirs and carbon sequestration but researchers with interest in the solution of inverse problems arising in other application domains, such as biology, medicine and the social sciences are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants with expertise in the areas of inverse problems, numerical analysis, computational partial differential equations, computational statistics and theoretical statistics are also encouraged to apply.

You will work collaboratively within the EQUIP project with other researchers and senior investigators on the project and establish a sound research base in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality, consistent with making a substantial research contribution in line with the departmental objectives of maintaining their world-class research performance.

The post is available for 17 months.

You must have a PhD or equivalent in Mathematics, Statistics or Petroleum Engineering where mathematics was essential to the thesis together with the ability to work as an independent researcher as well as in a team and a suitable, high-quality research plan for the duration of the Fellowship.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Mike Christie at M.Christie@hw.ac.uk or on 0131 451 8063.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

For application details and further information please go to:


Your application should include a CV, supporting and research statement, and a list of any publications.

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