Award details

Biostratigraphic and geochemical investigation of Jurassic source rocks of the UK and Norwegian North Sea, Earth Sciences –PhD (Funded) Ref: 3161

About the award

Supervisors

Dr Sev Kender, University of Exeter


Professor Stephen Hesselbo, University of Exeter


Dr Erik Anthonissen, Statoil


Professor Melanie Leng, British Geological Survey


Dr Philip Copestake, Merlin Energy Resources Ltd

Professor Ken Miller, Rutgers University, USA

Details

As an Associate Partner of the NERC Oil and Gas Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the University of Exeter is now inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,777 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.  The student would be based in CSM in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Penryn Campus, near Falmouth in Cornwall.

Location:

CSM, Penryn Campus, Cornwall


Supervisors:
Dr Sev Kender, University of Exeter
Professor Stephen Hesselbo, University of Exeter
Dr Erik Anthonissen, Statoil
Professor Melanie Leng, British Geological Survey
Dr Philip Copestake, Merlin Energy Resources Ltd
Professor Ken Miller, Rutgers University, USA


Project Description:Project Description:
Jurassic strata of the UK and Norwegian continental shelf are commonly composed of thick units of organic-rich mudstones that form critical source rocks for the North Sea and other areas. Whilst the Upper Jurassic strata are known to be some of the best source rocks on Earth, Lower Jurassic potential has yet to be fully understood. For example, both Lower and Upper Jurassic strata make up extensive tracts of potential oil shales in the Weald Basin which has received particular interest in recent years (Andrews et al. 2014). Lower Jurassic source rock quality will be addressed with cored material presenting a unique record. The Lower Jurassic is also of immense palaeoclimatic interest, with multiple carbon isotope excursions during the Sinemurian, Pliensbachian and Toarcian in the oceans and on land that signify global carbon cycle perturbations. This project seeks to carry out a biostratigraphic (foraminifera) and palaeoenvironmental (carbon isotopes, total organic carbon and organic carbon pyrolysis) analysis of new and legacy cores.  Analyses will be carried out on key boreholes from onshore UK and the Norwegian shelf, for which some palynological biostratigraphy is already available. These new data will be tied to existing detailed UK outcrop/borehole studies, and provide a basis for a new supra-regional synthesis of stratigraphic and source rock potential and palaeoclimatic reconstruction for the Lower Jurassic. This study will be part of the international JET (Jurassic Earth System and Timescale) project.
Reference: Andrews, I.J. 2014. The Jurassic shales of the Weald Basin: geology and shale oil and shale gas resource estimation. British Geological Survey for Department of Energy and Climate Change, London, UK.
The studentship will cover a stipend at the minimum UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, currently £14,777 per annum, research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding.

Reference: Andrews, I.J. 2014. The Jurassic shales of the Weald Basin: geology and shale oil and shale gas resource estimation. British Geological Survey for Department of Energy and Climate Change, London, UK.


The studentship will cover a stipend at the minimum UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, currently £14,777 per annum, research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding.

Entry requirements

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 
• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English


The closing date for applications is midnight on 6th June 2018, and interviews will be held 26th/27th June 2018.
If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 
• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English


The closing date for applications is midnight on 6th June 2018, and interviews will be held 26th/27th June 2018.


If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 722730.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.

Summary

Application deadline:6th June 2018
Value:£14,777 for 4 yrs
Duration of award:per year
Contact: CLES PGR Support +44 (0)1392 722730/5150 pgr-cles-admissions@exeter.ac.uk