PhD Studentship in Petroleum Geology/Petroleum Chemistry

Durham University

NERC UK Oil and Gas Collaborative Doctoral Training Centre

We are pleased to announce that an exciting opportunity has arisen for a fully funded, four year PhD studentship to start in October 2017 on any one of the following topics []:

Leakage Risks in Petroleum and CO2 Storage Reservoirs

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Andrew C. Aplin

Diagenetic evolution of the geomechanical properties of shales 

Primary Supervisor: Dr. Nic De Paola

Minimising fugitive emissions from gas transfer network by in situ characterisation of infra-structure properties.

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Fred Worrall

Improved Short and Long Term Shale Behaviour Prediction

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Chris Greenwell

Statistical characterisation of fluvial sandbodies: implications for complex reservoir models

Primary Supervisor: Dr Stuart Jones

Understanding enhanced oil recovery in UK reservoirs

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Chris Greenwell

This studentship is within the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training [CDT] in Oil and Gas, details of which can be found at You will be part of the fourth annual cohort of 30 students which, in addition to undertaking your PhD research, receives 20 weeks of bespoke, residential training of broad relevance to the oil and gas industry: 10 weeks in Year 1 and 5 weeks each in Years 2 and 3. Instructors are both expert academics from across the CDT and also experienced oil and gas industry professionals. At Durham, you will join a group of 12 students who are part of the CDT and a broader group of around 30 students working on many aspects of geoenergy. More information on our work on geoenergy is at

Eligibility and How to Apply

This PhD studentship will provide for UK/EU tuition fees and a full stipend of £14553 [2017-18]. Funding is available for both UK and EU citizens. Students must begin their research on October 1st 2017. There is an application deadline of 17:00 August 31st 2017 [Interviews will take place early in September] Applicants will need to apply on-line via

Please contact Ms. Jo Banner for questions about the application process: Ms. Jo Banner, Department of Earth Sciences, DURHAM, DH1 3LE  +44 [0]191 334 2198. For technical questions about the projects, please contact one of the project supervisors, links above.

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