PhD position in Chalk mechanics

We have a vacancy for a 3-year PhD fellowship at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). The position is within the area of mechanics of chalk for hydrocarbon production for wellbore stability, chalk influx and solids production, and methods of failure mitigation. The study can be experimental, analytical, or numerical depending on the background, qualifications, and interests of the candidate.

It is expected that the candidate will interact closely with AkerBP in analyzing field data and operational practices with goal to integrate new research and technology in AkerBP field operations. The successful completion of the PhD may lead to future employment opportunities. There will be interaction with the current project “Chalk influx and solids production mitigation in the North Sea fields” for transfer and application of technology developed in both projects. The research is relevant to several fields in energy, civil, and mechanical engineering, and engineering physics that involve coupled problems and failure.

The PhD student will be assigned to the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP) and will be supervised by Prof. Alexandre Lavrov and co-supervised by Dr. Euripides Papamichos.

More information: PhD position in Chalk mechanics for hydrocarbon production – IV-139/23 (253912) | NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology (

Deadline: 15 January 2024

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