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PhD Position: Probabilistic 3-D geological modeling and machine learning for mineral exploration

PhD Position Copyright: CGRE

In this PhD project you will be supervised by Prof. Florian Wellman at RWTH Aachen University in close collaboration with other project partners. Your task will be to combine geological knowledge and geophysical measurements into a unified framework for uncertainty quantification. You will be building on the latest geological modelling platform “GemPy” developed in our institute and integrate it with new approaches in machine learning and probabilistic modelling. In the FARMIN Consortium you will also have the opportunity to directly apply and test your developments in real case studies and productive scenarios, for example at the Sotiel Mine in Spain and Kevitsa open- pit mine in northern Finland.

FARMIN is an EIT Raw Materials funded collaborative project. It brings together Universities (RWTH Aachen University and LuleŚ University of Technology) High-Tech companies (Robotic Eyes GmbH) and partners from the primary industrial sector (DMT GmbH & Co. KG , Boliden Minerals AB and MATSA - Minas de Aguas TeŮidas SAU) with the joint objective to develop a novel augmented re- ality solution for mining and exploration.

Combining the latest developments in geological modelling with Augmented Reality holographic technology, the goal of the FARMIN project is to create a spatially-aware collaborative solution that allows professionals to visualize and interact with geological and geophysical data and mod- els in the field. The in-situ holographic view of data and models offers a new level of immersion and reception with huge advantages for communication of very complex scenarios. Continuous ground-truthing, on-the-fly data integration and probabilistic machine learning approaches will help reduce geological uncertainty for improved decision making.

We seek an outstanding candidate with a master’s degree in Geophysics, Applied Geosciences, Physics, or a similar subject with a superior academic record. Practical programming experience in Python or C# and familiarity with machine learning or probabilistic programming are of advantage. Excellent written and spoken English language skills are a requirement.

The candidate will be employed as a regular employee at RWTH Aachen University and must meet required personal qualifications. This is a 75% position over 3 years with the possibility of exten- sion to a full position (salary according to civil service pay scale TV-L E 13).

Please send application documents as a single PDF file containing CV, letter of motivation and research interests, transcript of records, and two letters of recommendation to: applications@cgre.rwth-aachen.de with the subject “FARMIN PhD position”.

Applications are received from now until November 15, 2019. The envisaged starting date for the position is January 1st, 2020.

VR/AR front-end development for 3-D geological modelling (3 years project)

VR/AR Developer Copyright: CGRE

Combining the latest developments in geological modelling with Augmented Reality holographic technology, the goal of the FARMIN project is to create a spatially-aware collaborative solution that allows professionals to visualize and interact with geological and geophysical data and models in the field. The in-situ holographic view of data and models offers a new level of

immersion and reception with huge advantages for communication of very complex scenarios. Continuous ground-truthing, on-the-fly data integration and probabilistic machine learning approaches will help reduce geological uncertainty for improved decision making. You will be in charge of front-end pipeline, this includes for instance: (i) managing the client side of the solution, (ii) UI design and development, (iii) rendering fidelity and (iv) multi-devices optimizations.

You will be working in a diverse project team at the Computational Geoscience and Reservoir Engineering Group (CGRE) at RWTH Aachen University. Funded in 2017 and led by Prof. Florian Wellmann, CGRE is a growing institute located at the interface between the geosciences, computer science, engineering and mathematics. For the first project year (beginning in January 2020) the candidate will be employed with a full position as a regular employee at RWTH Aachen University (salary according to civil service pay scale TV-L E 13). From the second project year onwards, it is planned to move the position to a newly founded start-up company: Terranigma Solutions. This tandem University/Company position opens the door to several employment possibilities to be discuss prior to the employment, some of which are:

  • Flexible hours per week (20 to 40 hours/week).
  • Opportunity of parallel enrollment in doctoral studies.
  • Access to equity of the company.
  • Possibility for subsequent employment at the company.

We look for an outstanding candidate with proven knowledge in programming and computer graphics. University qualifications in the fields of computer science and/or earth science will be highly weighted. Excellent written and spoken English language skills are a requirement. In addition, software management and design will be of great help since the horizontal project organization scheme. Familiarity on the following topics will be greatly valued:

  • UX-front end development,
  • Game engines, specifically in Unity,
  • VR/AR,
  • C#.

To a lesser extent, the following skills will be considered positively:

  • .NET experience,
  • REST API,
  • Python.

This is a unique opportunity to participate in an exciting cross-European project and to become part of the initial stages of a company with high expectations of growth over the following years. FARMIN is an EIT Raw Materials funded 3-year collaborative project. It brings together Universities (RWTH Aachen University and LuleŚ University of Technology) High-Tech companies (Robotic Eyes GmbH) and partners from the primary industrial sector (DMT GmbH & Co. KG , Boliden Minerals AB and MATSA - Minas de Aguas TeŮidas SAU) with the joint objective to develop a novel augmented reality solution for mining and exploration.


Interested candidates, please send application documents as a single PDF file containing CV, letter of motivation, transcript of records, and two letters of recommendation to: applications@cgre.rwth-aachen.de with the subject “FARMIN developer position”.


Applications are received from now until November 15th, 2019. The envisaged starting date for the position is January 1st, 2020.

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