vacancy for a PhD student in Twente

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, invites applications for a

PhD studentship

in the project `Comprehensive monitoring and prediction of seismicity within the Groningen gas field using large scale field observations', which is embedded in the national research programme DeepNL funded by the Dutch Research Council.

The induced seismicity of the Groningen gas field can only be understood through the relation between gas extraction and subsurface response. To understand the dynamics of the system new approaches are required that are based on observational data. In the project, we will monitor the seismicity and determine stress changes, reservoir compaction and deformation of the overlying layers from seismic data. Advanced tools based on machine learning, model order reduction and supercomputing will be developed to model the recorded seismograms and to detect subsurface variations. Changes in earthquake risk due to changes in gas production will be assessed by stochastic modelling. The successful candidate will contribute to this last aspect by developing risk monitoring and decision support tools.

Candidates are required to have a Master’s degree in mathematics or a related discipline and a solid background in probability, statistics and numerical mathematics. They should have excellent grades, research talent (as proven by their Master’s thesis), an excellent command of English and good academic writing and presentation skills.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for universities.

To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a list of your BSc and MSc courses with grades and either a copy of your Master's thesis if available or a copy of your Bachelor's thesis accompanied by an outline of your Master's thesis to

Prof.dr M.N.M. van Lieshout
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
Science Park 123, 1098 XG Amsterdam

or complete the online form at

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