The Heriot-Watt University in the UK invites applications for a PhD Scholarship focusing on 4D seismic analysis – seismic history matching for the 2018/2019 academic year.
You will work on this PhD project supervised by a multi-disciplinary team of Prof Colin MacBeth, Dr Hamed Amini and Dr Romain Chassagne.

Project Details

  • Seismic history matching (SHM) is a popular and exciting topic in 4D seismic analysis for reservoir monitoring and surveillance. Here, the aim is to improve the field simulation model, and hence reservoir management, by assimilating multiple 3D seismic datasets acquired at specific intervals of time over a reservoir undergoing production and recovery.
  • They assimilate the datasets by matching model predictions to the observed data in an optimisation process until a sufficiently robust fit has been achieved.
  • They find that this fit depends critically on uncertainties inherent in the modelling steps plus noise or bias in the seismic and well data.
  • In this project, your challenges are to assess these errors and uncertainties, determine their overall impact on the SHM procedure, and to provide a practical solution to matching multiple monitor surveys. Preliminary work will be guided by calibrated simulator to seismic modelling of several industry datasets donated by our sponsorship group. Later work will involve fluid flow simulation and implementation of full history matching workflows developed by our research group.
  • You will join the ETLP research team which has nineteen years of experience in quantitative 4D seismic interpretation and is funded by a number of oil, energy and service companies.

Worth of Award
This is a full scholarship which will cover full tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £14,800.


  • This project is available to ALL students, whether home, EU or overseas.
  • The successful candidate should have a strong interest in applied research and possess at minimum a master and an undergraduate degree in geophysics, physics, earth science, reservoir engineering or a similar field.
  • Formally four years of university study including a minimum of one year at an advanced level are required. Programming skills are an essential requirement of this project, whilst some experience of fluid flow simulation and seismic processing is also desirable. Several years of experience working in the industry is an advantage but not a necessity.

How to Apply

  • Please complete the online application form.
  • Please select PhD programme Petroleum Geoscience and include the project reference, title, and supervisor on your application. Please also provide a supporting statement, a CV, a copy of your degree certificates and relevant detailed transcripts and at least one academic or technical reference.
  • You must also provide proof of your ability in the English language (if English is not your mother tongue or if you have not already studied for a degree that was taught in English).
  • They require an IELTS certificate showing an overall score of at least 6.5 with no component scoring less than 6.0 or a TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 90 points.

Deadline: applications close March 15, 2018.

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