Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Geothermal Energy at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

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May 18, 2011

Vacancies in Geophysics Section.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Geothermal Energy at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Duration: 4 years fixed term
Starting Salary: €39,700 per annum (under review) with annual increments
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies invites applications for a post-doctoral research fellowship to work within an exciting, new geothermal energy 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 numerate and motivated candidates with excellent academic records from a wide range of backgrounds (geophysics, geology, physics, applied mathematics and computational sciences). Experience in one or more of the following areas would be advantageous: investigation and modelling of geophysical and rock physical-property relationships (particularly porosity and permeability), multivariate data analysis, numerical and inverse code development, geophysical data modelling (particularly magnetotellurics and controlled source EM, as well as potential-field, seismic reflection and refraction). Previous experience in geothermal energy research, although advantageous, is not essential.

The successful applicant will develop new approaches and numerical codes for the joint integration/inversion of electrical-resistivity, density, seismic-velocity and seismic-impedance datasets to derive robust estimates of sediment porosity/permeability, constrained by borehole wireline log and core sample data. The new tools and approaches will be practically applied to new and existing magnetotelluric, gravity, seismic and wireline log data to assess the geothermal energy potential of deep aquifers located within several Irish sedimentary basins that are characterised by elevated temperatures and heat-flow.

The position offers the opportunity to participate in IRETHERM’s field MT data acquisition program and for international travel to major conferences and for scientific collaboration.

Applicants should email the following information to : a complete CV, a letter of interest outlining your interest in the project (highlighting relevant experience and accomplishments) and the contact details of three referees. The position will remain open until filled. For more information please contact Prof. Alan Jones ( or Dr. Mark Muller (

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