Geophysicist Job Description Sample
Saudi Aramco is one of the world's largest fully integrated energy enterprises. As part of our continued growth, Saudi Aramco Unconventional Resources is actively seeking a top geophysicist to join their world class team.
As a geophysicist in an unconventional asset you will support the multidisciplinary team in identifying exploration and development areas for resource identification and maturation using all your geophysical skillsets and tools. You will be required to support the operations team in selecting appropriate completions decisions (placement and orientation of fracs) and monitoring fracture stimulation operations with microseismic.
Candidates are expected to be able to interpret seismic reflection data, recommend and incorporate all aspects of seismic modeling. The geophysicist will partner with geologists in preparing drilling recommendations and will be expected to recommend seismic acquisition programs including the determination of seismic acquisition and/or reprocessing parameters. Minimum Requirements Candidates are required to meet the following minimum requirements :
Bachelor's degree in Geophysics or a related science as appropriate to the required discipline. An advanced degree is preferred and will reduce prerequisite work experience stated below by one year for master degree and two years for PhD.
We are targeting 10 years' experience with at least 5-10 in unconventional plays including shale or tight gas, with some US experience in unconventional hydrocarbon basins required. We will consider candidates with more or less experienced depending on the quality of their experience. Other desirable skills include strong geophysical workstation skills, strong fundamental interpretation geophysical skill set, including well to seismic correlation, seismic mapping, velocity model building, depth conversion, 3D visualization, reservoir properties from seismic (RPFS) work flow, AVO analysis, acoustic and elastic inversion and survey design, regional geolophysical evaluation of unconventional plays, structural characterization of natural fractures and their impact on unconventional reservoirs, sequence stratigraphic analysis, unconventional play evaluation, geophysical support for an unconventional play or development, reservoir characterization in unconventional hydrocarbon plays (tight gas, shale gas, unconventional oil, and/or coal bed methane). Duties & Responsibilities You will be required to perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Apply technical geophysical tools to assist in prospect creation, evaluation, and maturation of unconventional resources (shale gas and liquids and tight gas)
Use seismic interpretation, analysis, modeling, petrophysical tools and integration software packages to partner with development geologists in preparing drill recommendations.
Understand strengths and weaknesses of different packages. Apply tools in fit-for-purpose fashion.
Determine seismic acquisition and/or reprocessing parameters that would improve understanding of unconventional resource plays.
Keep abreast of emerging technologies.
Maintain strong relationships with clients and intercompany experts to leverage their talents. Auto req ID 15633BR
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The Williston team is looking for an experienced Geophysicist who will be responsible for analyzing the subsurface using a range of methods, including gravity, magnetic, electrical and seismic methods. This position collects and manages all geophysical data and is responsible for controlling the quality of the data collected and interpreting the data. As part of a multi-discipline team, this position will incorporate well data into geophysical subsurface analysis. This position is expected to perform as an individual contributor and assist in training lower level geologists/geophysicists. This position uses advanced techniques, procedures, and criteria for carrying out a sequence of extremely complex tasks. Other responsibilities include:
Conduct seismic mapping, mis-tie analysis, fault interpretation, synthetic to seismic tie, velocity model creation and depth conversion.
Manage the planning, design, acquistion and processing of company operated seismic or other geophysical programs including microseismic programs.
Work with petrophysicists, geophysicists, geologists, geotechs and engineers in integrating multiple data types into geophysical models and to search for relationships between well performance and geological/geophysical attributes.
Communicate with operations geologists and drilling/geosteering as needed before and during drilling.
Integrate structural framework, geological, and petrophysical data into geophysical subsurface analysis.
Provide geophysical support for an active drilling or exploration program.
Create and utilize pre-stack and post-stack geophysical attributes and analysis to assist in interpretation; build 1D and 2D synthetic models and log crossplots to evaulate seimic response from changing rock properties to predict viability of AVO, Inversion or multi-attribute analysis.
Evaluate completion risk based on mappable faults on 2D and 3D seismic and provide information to completions engineers.
Quality check seismic data for purchase and supervise the reprocessing of data including specialty products (i.e. inversion, HTI, VTI, AVO).
Monitor work plans while continuously updating them, keeping management apprised of activity.
10+ years as an industry geophysicist, 15+ years preferred
Excellent personal communication skills across disciplines, willingness to share information and work collaboratively
SMT Kingdom software required - strong proficiency desired
Experience in integrating geophysical and geologic data to map structural and stratigraphic changes
Knowledge/experience in the following areas a plus: Petra, horizontal wells/geosteering, seismic inversion, post-stack and pre-stack seismic attributes, microseismic, directing seismic acquisition and processing, and induced seismicity
Bachelor's degree in geophysics, master's degree preferred.
This position will be placed at a level commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate
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Processing And Imaging Geophysicist
Working on a project-based team, you'll be responsible for processing 2D and 3D land and marine seismic data. You'll learn how to use Emerson Paradigm's innovative and industry-leading solutions, including Paradigm Echos® and Geodepth®, to reduce uncertainty and improve reliability of subsurface images.
Process 2D/3D Land/Marine Seismic data from start to finish optimizing a wide range of parameters to deliver accurate results.
Understand various type of coherent and non-coherent noise in Land/Marine datasets including different types of multiples and design workflows to remove them.
Velocity Modeling and Imaging experience will be considered a plus.
Present results to team leadership and customers.
Deliver quality results on time.
Learn to work independently as you master our technologies.
Learn and follow project management and quality control processes and procedures.
- Experience working in a Linix environment preferred.
- MS or PhD in Geophysics, Physics, Math, or Engineering and 10-15 years' industry experience
This is not a position for which sponsorship will be provided. Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.
Research Geophysicist - Processing
Research, develop, test, and deploy, technical geophysical algorithms and methods to solve complex geophysical problems
Perform independent geophysical research; create prototype algorithms implementing the research; and apply these algorithms in our seismic business applications.
Create integrated interpretative solutions and workflows for processing and analyzing seismic data.
Design, write, and implement seismic processing and imaging solutions into integrated seismic processing software environments running on high performance, parallel computing platforms.
Make technical presentations on an as needed basis to aid in training and marketing efforts.
Use modern software development tools such as object-oriented design, parallel programming and interactive applications.
Assist and advise on client projects and client-initiated benchmarks or technology in areas of expertise to ensure the most favorable placing of ION's technology.
All other duties as assigned by management
Education & Experience:
Master's Degree in Geophysics or related fields such as Physics, Computer Science, or Applied Mathematics
Up to 10 years directly related geophysical research experience. PhD highly desirable.
1-5 years hands on experience with specific field-related development and applications.
Proficient programming skills, including C++, C, FORTRAN.
Experience in conducting scientific and mathematical research.
Published research and/or presentations related to field of study or geophysics
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment across locations.
Uses effective oral and written communication skills; delivers information in a clear and concise manner; listens and communicates effectively with others
Demonstrates critical problem solving and analytical skills
CGG is a recognized leader in subsurface imaging and our international teams are dedicated to solving our clients' complex challenges. Come and join us to help build the most stunning images of the Earth's subsurface, using our massive computers capability. Thanks to our talented people and in-house technology, CGG is unique in the geoscience sector.
Your primary responsibility will be to develop new, innovative solutions to industry-plaguing problems. You will work closely with Software Engineers to develop accurate software solutions for imaging the subsurface. You may work independently or as part of a team, but always in collaboration with Seismic Imagers, remaining in-tune with production demands and industry trends. You may be asked to present your work and results internally and externally, as well as support operations in the deployment and improvement of new imaging techniques.
Must have current U.S. work authorization or qualify for sponsorship.
PhD in Geophysics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics
Capable of abstracting geophysical concepts with mathematical languages
Excellent coding skills with FORTRAN and/or C/C++
Knowledge of high performance computation is preferred (MPI, multi-threading, GPU, etc.)
Knowledge of geophysics and seismic imaging preferred, but not essential
Experience with cross-platform development preferred, but not essential
We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Our focus on performance and passion for innovation are powered by people
Our greatest resource is you
Why work at CGG?
The imaging technology designed by CGG helps produce accurate subsurface images and minimize drilling risks. Research Geophysicists design and develop solutions to challenging imaging problems that make this possible.
You will work with highly intelligent and motivated internal clients who are industry leaders in seismic imaging technology development and application. We are top-notch in imaging, and our people want top-notch technology too.
We have an energetic and challenging-yet-fun work environment, full of imaging problems to be solved and technologies to be developed.
You'll often see the fruits of your labor in action very quickly – time from initial idea to release is usually very quick. However, some of our projects are definitely long-term, so you would get a taste of that, too.
Competitive compensation with a monthly, performance-based bonus program.
Full health benefits and 401(k) employer-matching.
Excellent training and mentorship programs.
Our Houston office features an onsite gym, fully stocked break rooms, pool and/or table tennis tables on every floor, catered lunches three days a week, plus breakfast on Fridays. We take care of our biggest asset – our people.
Senior Geophysicist (New Orleans, LA)
Shell Oil Company is currently seeking a Senior Geophysicist, for its New Orleans, Louisiana location.
The Senior Geophysicist (GP) will be member of a Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Production Subsurface Team. The Senior Geophysicist will report to the Geophysics Team Lead (TL) and will support brownfield development and reservoir surveillance activities for the assets within a Production Unit (PU), focusing on optimizing reservoir recovery, and identifying reserves and development opportunities.
The Senior Geophysicist may also be responsible for providing technical reviews of geophysical projects, well maturation/delivery, and Well Reservoir Facility Management (WRFM) activities, as well as mentoring/coaching of less experienced geophysicists.
The successful candidate will be an important technical contributor to a multi-disciplinary PU Team and will be responsible for serving all the geophysical requirements of the assets, including:
Ensure geophysical data available over the assets are current and adequate for business goals and that the latest technologies and workflows are employed when appropriate.
Support of GP projects, particularly 3D/4D survey proposals, justifications, acquisition, processing, interpretation and reporting. In addition to managing seismic reprocessing, and quantitative interpretation projects (project delivery, QA/QC) and seafloor monitoring projects and needs.
Work closely with GP TL, GP Regional Discipline Leader (RDL) and Process Leaders regarding work planning to maintain effective and efficient projects and work environment.
GP support for well maturations and operations, IRM modeling and seismic processing projects.
Work closely with GP TL and GP RDL on coaching and mentorship of less experienced GP staff to build technical competencies.
Supporting operating plan and Annual Report of Petroleum Resources (ARPR) to understand the fundamental volumetrics and proactively provide geophysical input when needed.
Provide technical assists & reviews to peers.
Must be experienced communicating complex technical issues in terms that can be understood by team members, stakeholders and non-GP's.
Interfacing with all stakeholders including Asset and Development Managers, Process Leaders, Well's Organization, Partners, Regulatory, Subsea, WRFM and Operations teams
Integrate HSSE into well planning, design and construction.
Support permitting & regulatory compliance - supporting producing areas, providing input into CID, unitization and comingling permits.
Provide key input and integration of Field Development Planning.
Effective interface with the WRFM, surveillance and operations teams.
The Senior Geophysicist role sits within the Producing Assets Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The PU team will include both Direct Vertical Access (DVA), as well as subsea, facilities and fields; and the Senior GP position will have flexibility to move between the assets as project levels demand. The role provides an opportunity to work on a range of geophysical and development projects and studies across multiple geologically diverse reservoirs.
Seismic Data Imaging Geophysicist
As one of the world's largest fully integrated energy enterprises, Saudi Aramco not only looks for individuals who can meet our expectations, but for those individuals who can exceed them. Our intent is to become the world's leading integrated energy and chemicals company.
The Exploration Operations Department is actively seeking a top Seismic Data Imaging Geophysicist to join its world-class team.
The successful candidate will possess hands-on processing experience, either with a seismic data processing contractor, or with a major oil and gas firm. You will have expertise in seismic data processing, multicomponent processing, or near-surface processing, preferably with exposure to technology development.
You will demonstrate previous experience as an effective decision maker in land, transition zones, and deep marine time processing, with a preference given to transition zone and deep marine seismic time processing. The candidate will show evidence of having worked to implement new methods and technologies for the solution of geophysical challenges.
Key challenges to be addressed will include multiples, noise (land in particular), statics, and resolution. Preferably, candidates will be able to show clearly their individual technical contributions, as opposed to being "part of" others' work.
Minimum Requirements As the successful candidate, you will hold a bachelor's degree in geophysics or alternative disciplines including physics or geology. Other disciplines can be considered in conjunction with relevant work experience.
You will have a minimum of 10 years of experience of center-based, hands-on seismic data processing with a seismic data processing contractor, or with a major oil and gas firm, including exposure to technology development.
Exposure to programming and software development for seismic data processing is advantageous. Duties & Responsibilities You will be required to perform the following:
Work within a multidisciplinary team, and assist in developing seismic data imaging from a technology perspective.
Implement new methods and technologies that provide solutions to geophysical challenges.
Take responsibility for making effective decisions in land, transition zones, and deep marine seismic time processing.
Liaise directly with interpreters/clients, presenting work and making recommendations to improve seismic data imaging.
You will function in a leadership-based role, mentoring and training less experienced colleagues, and providing structured training as required. Auto req ID 15818BR
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Oxy is a growing, action-oriented exploration and production company continually striving to be one of industry's best. Our success has and will continue to be dependent upon our talented workforce. We are currently looking for experienced, motivated, creative and entrepreneurial individuals to fill a position on our Geoscience team. This position will report to the Geophysical Technical Assurance Manager and be located in Houston.
If your interests lie in driving aggressive development plans, while engaging in competitor analysis, surveillance and strategic planning across multiple disciplines (geology, petrophysics, reservoir, drilling, completions, operations and facilities) with the collaborative support and expertise required to deliver outstanding results, then this position may be the right fit for you. You will be part of an integrated team of highly qualified geoscientists, engineers, and technicians striving to expedite and optimize the economic recovery of hydrocarbons from some of the largest, most challenging reservoirs in the world. You will find that the project inventory, the utilization of new technology, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the team are unique in the industry, providing the right candidates with a professionally fulfilling experience. Oxy is looking for highly motivated individuals with the qualifications indicated below. If you are interested in joining a fast-paced, action-oriented team, please apply quickly for this position.
The successful candidate will apply geophysical technologies and interpretation skills to identify, evaluate, and appraise exploitation and development drilling opportunities in the Permian Basin to implement our growth program. In addition, the candidate must communicate and work effectively within a multi-disciplinary reservoir management team to technically and commercially evaluate opportunities. The candidate should have a keen desire to creatively apply new and off the shelf technologies and workflows to reservoir characterization and development, as well as reservoir/production monitoring.
MSc Degree in Geophysics or Geology with 8 years petroleum industry experience, or BSc Degree in Geophysics or Geology with 15 years petroleum industry experience.
Minimum of 8 years of experience in a petroleum exploration or developmental geoscience position, including experience in the identification, evaluation and appraisal of exploration and development drilling opportunities.
Seismic interpretation experience utilizing 2D/3D seismic interpretation software to create synthetic seismograms, produce structural/stratigraphic maps and frameworks, and to integrate seismic interpretations with geologic and engineering data to help identify key reservoir benches and characterize reservoir models.
Extensive experience in the identification and utilization of seismic attributes and seismic inversion studies, as well techniques to identify fractures via coherence, curvature, ant-tracking or other attributes, to aid in the characterization of reservoir models.
Additional experience in Quantitative Interpretation including geostatistics, seismic inversion, and rock physics tools (RocDoc or equivalent) to produce predictive maps and volumes of rock properties from seismic data at field and exploration scales is highly desirable.
A working understanding of seismic acquisition and processing and its impact on data confidence and the interpretation process.
An understanding of and/or experience using geophysical methods for reservoir and production monitoring, including vertical seismic profile (VSP) and microseismic studies.
Experience with supporting reserves estimation and petroleum economics based upon geotechnical mapping.
Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities with the ability to make technically and economically sound recommendations with incomplete information.
Excellent time management skills with ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently and meet tight deadlines.
Must be a team player with strong interpersonal skills with experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
Strong communication skills with the ability to present work product in an effective manner; possess the ability to share information to mentor/develop others.
Creative thinker with a desire to challenge the status quo and conventional thinking with the ability to implement new ideas, processes and technologies.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Shale reservoirs / Unconventional Play experience
Experience in well planning and drilling operations
Good understanding of petrophysical interpretation and modeling
Experience using Landmark/Openworks, Hampson Russell, and Petrel software as well as DrillingInfo and I.H.S databases.
Permian Basin experience
Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status
Sr. Staff Geophysicist
Seeking an experienced Geophysicist with proven new ventures exploration credentials for the International Exploration team to evaluate and generate new play concepts, conduct integrated subsurface interpretation, plan and supervise geotechnical work programs, generate leads, and mature drillable prospects as part of an integrated team working in the Europe, Middle East and North African Regions.
Major Responsibilities/ Accountabilities:
Develop new exploration opportunities in assigned areas through integrated interpretation of regional geophysical, geological and well data.
Evaluate acquisition and farm-out opportunities and recommend follow up as appropriate.
Work in a collaborative environment with an integrated team of geoscientists, engineers, commercial & other operational support groups.
Interpret 2-D and 3-D seismic data utilizing state of the art geophysical techniques.
Conduct block and prospect specific evaluations to define prospective areas, play fairways and to position exploratory well locations.
Plan & supervise the acquisition and processing of geophysical data.
Work with region managers to budget for G&G activities as needed.
Maintain awareness of technological developments and evaluate deployment of fit-for-purpose new technology.
Generate and present concise reports of work completed as needed to document results and for partner and governmental reporting.
Work with data management team to ensure effective technical data organization and archival.
Participate in peer reviews and ensure professional mentoring of less experienced staff.
Strong interpretation workstation skills: IHS-Kingdom software preferred
Applied ArcGIS and data-management skills
Broad-based understanding of applied Geophysics including AVO, inversion & attribute analysis as well as integration of potential fields and velocity data
Creative data integrator and idea generator in an integrated, multi-disciplinary team
Comfortable managing multiple tasks / areas of responsibility concurrently with large scale data organization, integration & synthesis requirements
Concisely present technical concepts and recommendations
Travel internationally as required.
BS degree (MS preferred) in Geophysics
15 to 20 years of experience primarily concentrated in international exploration with both onshore and offshore exposure
Exposure to integrated basin analysis, play fairway mapping, and risk analysis workflows
Prospect generation, reserve estimation, and field appraisal.
A strong geological background including complex structural styles preferred
Maintaining positive relationships with governments, government entities, and partners
Job Location Dallas, Texas, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular
Contribute actively to all seismic studies and interpretations in the GOM which are required to update existing static models (Tahiti / Jack) or build new ones (Anchor / Ballymore). Actively participate to the discussions with Operator to influence work program related to seismic acquisition (new OBN acquisition on Anchor in 2019) and processing (on-going reprocessing work on Anchor and Jack).
Evaluate and provide geophysical documentation for proposed wells and recompletions or ensure
documentation is received from Operators on non-operated fields
Update seismic interpretation as new data becomes available: picking, well calibration, mapping, depth conversion, interpretation of seismic attributes
Provide support for uncertainty studies: provide range of possible variation of structural map, GRV
Attend and participate in working interest partner meetings
Act as liaison to geophysical services group for any seismic data acquisition, data processing, or reprocessing
Work closely with reservoir engineers and geologists to build / update the static and dynamic model
Evaluate & provide recommendations for partner submitted AFE's
Provide Geophysical support for Geosciences and Reservoir peer-reviews and validation meetings
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