PhD Fellowships in Geothermal Energy Research

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May 18, 2011

PhD Studentships in Geothermal Energy Research at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Number of PhD studentships offered: 4
Duration: 4 years
Stipend: €18,000 per annum (tax free), plus student fees
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies invites applications for four PhD studentships to undertake geothermal energy research within an exciting, new research initiative – IRETHERM ( IRETHERM aims to develop, through innovative research, a holistic understanding of Ireland’s (all-island) low-enthalpy geothermal energy potential through integrated modelling of new and existing geophysical and geological data, supported by the development of new multivariate modelling and inversion software tools.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates with excellent academic records from a wide range of backgrounds (geophysics, geology, physics, applied mathematics and computational sciences) to take on a number of different research roles within IRETHERM. Experience in one or more of the following areas would be advantageous: geophysical data modelling (particularly magnetotellurics and controlled source EM, as well as potential-field, seismic reflection and refraction), modelling of heat-flow and temperature data, sedimentary/structural geology, multivariate data analysis and development of numerical inversion codes. Previous experience in geothermal energy research, although advantageous, is not essential. Proficiency in English is required.

Different roles are envisaged for the four positions offered, and can be adapted to match the range of skills and interests brought to the project by successful applicants. Research objectives include: (i) development of new algorithms and a software code for the 2-D joint inversion of MT and gravity data, (ii) expansion of Ireland’s temperature and heat-flow database through the selective borehole temperature logging, (iii) development of new methods of temperature extrapolation that incorporate rock thermal conductivity and heat-production properties, (iii) acquisition, modelling and interpretation of MT and CSEM surveys over selected target areas to assess the geothermal energy potential of deep permeable aquifers, radiogenic granites, warm-spring occurrences and potential secondary porosity associated with major fault zones and zones of current seismicity – constrained additionally by seismic, gravity, magnetic, hydrochemistry, radiogenic element concentration, temperature, heat-flow, thermal conductivity and borehole data.

Posts require participation in IRETHERM’s field data acquisition program and provide the opportunity for international travel to major conferences and for scientific collaboration.

Three studentships are funded by SFI and applicants for these positions should email the following information to : a complete CV, a letter of interest outlining your interest in the project (highlighting relevant experience and accomplishments), copies of academic transcripts, evidence of proficiency in English (where not first language) and the contact details of three referees.

One studentship is funded by UCD’s ENS PhD Program and will focus on geothermal energy potential in the Greater Dublin Area. Applicants for this position should email the same information as requested above, together with a completed cover form that can be downloaded at to both and Please refer to Project Code EEE 7. Detailed information and instructions can be found here.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple funded positions. Positions will remain open until filled. For more information please contact Prof. Alan Jones ( ) or Dr. Mark Muller ( ).

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