• Assistant Professor in Natural Resources Engineering and Management,  University of Kurdistan-Hawler, Kurdistan 2015 - Present
  • Chair of Natural Resources Engineering and Management,  University of Kurdistan-Hawler, Kurdistan 2014 – 2015 and 2016 - 2017
  • Lecturer in Natural Resources Engineering and Management, University of Kurdistan-Hawler, Kurdistan 2013 – 2014
  • Researcher,  Cardiff University, United Kingdom 2007 – 2012
  • Assistant lecturer, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan 2004 – 2007

    Lab Development:
    Fully developed the following laboratories in Natural Resources Engineering and Management department: Physical Geology, Petrography and Rock preparation (Thin-section) laboratories.


    Student Placement and Internship: 
    Providing over 100 placement for undergraduate students of Petroleum Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Mineral Resource Engineering and Civil Engineering programmes during summer 2016, 2017 and 2018.

    Ghafur, A. A., Sissakian, V. K., Bapir. A. M., 2021. Industrial Assessment of Carbonate Rocks using Geochemical test: Bekhme Formation of Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Carbonates and Evaporates. Volume 36, 3.



    Ghafur, A. A., Salad Hersi O., Sissakian, V. K., Karim, S., Abdulhaq, H. A., Omer, H. O., 2020. Sedimentologic and stratigraphic properties of Early Cretaceous Neo-Tethys shelf margin of Arabia: The Qamchuqa Formation of the Zagros Folded zone – Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology. Volume 118. 104421.



    Ghafur, A. A., 2020. The origin, differential diagenesis and microporosity characteristics of carbonate mud across a late Paleogene ramp (Iraqi Kurdistan Region). Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. Volume 192, 107247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2020.107247


    Sissakian, V. K., Ghafur, A. A., Abdulhaq, H. A., Omer H. O., 2020. Indicating the Tectonic Origin of Gara and Mateen Anticlines Using Geomorphological and Structural Forms, Iraqi Kurdistan Region.  UKHJSE, Volume 4, No. 2.



    Sissakian, V. K., Abdulhaq, H. A., Ghafur, A. A., Omer, H. O., 2020. Deducing the Lateral Growth of Handreen, Zozik and Tanoun Anticlines, Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Using Geomorphological Features. Iraqi Geological Journal. Volume 53, No. 1, pp 1-20.



    Ghafur, A. A., Salad Hersi, O., Sissakian, V. K., Omer, H. O., Abdulhaq, H. A., 2019. Facies-controlled dolomitization of the Lower Cretaceous Qamchuqa Formation, Kurdistan Region, Northern Iraq. Published in the Geoconvention conference, Calgary-Canada. 13-17 May 2019.



    Ghafur, A. A., Sissakian, V. K., Abdulhaq, H. A., Omer H. O., 2019. Aqra Anticline: A Growing Structure in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University, Volume 7, No. 2, pp 27-33. Article ID: ARO.10535, 7 pages DOI: 10.14500/aro.10535.



    Ghafur, A. A., Hasan D. A., 2017. Petrophysical Properties of the Upper Qamchuqa Carbonate Reservoir through Well Log Evaluation in the Khabbaz Oilfield.  UKH Journal of Science and Engineering. Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 72-88.



    Sidiq, S. A., Ghafur, A. A., Sissakian, V. K., 2016. Dolomitization and Its Implication on Hydrocarbon Reservoir Porosity. 1st International Conference of Natural Science (ICNS), 2016.


    Abdulkareem, O. M., Ghafur, A. A., 2016. Node Seismic Acquisition in Sarta Block Kurdistan Region-Iraq. 1st International Conference of Natural Science (ICNS), 2016.


    Ghafur, A. A., 2015. Integrated depositional model of the Carbonate Kirkuk Group of southern Kurdistan-Iraq. Journal of Natural Science Research. Vol. 5, No. 24, pp 79-106.



    Ameen Lawa F. A., Ghafur, A. A., 2015. Sequence stratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the prolific late Eocene, Oligocene and early Miocene carbonates from Zagros fold-thrust belt in Kurdistan region. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. Volume 8, Issue 10, pp 8143-8174.



    Ghafur, A. A., 2012. Sedimentology and reservoir characteristics of the Oligocene-Early Miocene carbonates (Kirkuk Group) of southern Kurdistan. PhD Thesis. Cardiff University-UK.



    Ghafur, A. A., 2010. Controls on the Microporosity Distribution of the Eocene-Oligocene Ramp Carbonates of SE Kurdistan-NE Iraq. 3rd international Iraqi oil and gas conference in London. September 2010.



    Ghafur, A. A., 2009. Stratigraphy of Kirkuk Group. Speaking of Science Conference, releasing potential of researcher, in Cardiff/UK, 2009.

    Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations for petroleum engineering in addition to undergraduate supervision of mineral resource engineering in the natural resources engineering and management department.
    • Fund rising for SPE workshop on 10th & 11th of May 2017 from KAR company. 
    • Successful income generation from water quality lab with help of Mrs. Dalyia starting from 2017.

    Carbonate Sedimentology, Reservoir characterization, Diagenesis, and Formation evaluation. 

    Teaching both under-graduate and post-graduate courses such as:

    • Oil and Gas Industry-PG
    • Carbonate Reservoir Geology-PG
    • Oil and Gas Technology-PG
    • Environmental and Project Management-PG
    • Sedimentary Rock Petrology-UG 
    • Petroleum Geology-UG
    • Physical Geology-UG
    • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy-UG
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