Microseismic Geophysicist, Houston - United States

at Schlumberger
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted May 26, 2017
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 3
Must Already Have Work Rights Yes


The Microseismic Geophysicist is a key technical contributor working in the areas of Geophysics with a good understanding of other domains and belongs to the Schlumberger Technical Community. The Microseismic Geophysicist is involved in characterizing the area of reservoir affected by hydraulic fracturing stimulation hydrocarbon production, primary and secondary recovery, etc. through the attribute analysis of microseismic data to derive acoustic and elastic parameters and estimates of rock properties. He/She is involved in passive seismic fracture monitoring of reservoirs.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • To pre-plan for a job: select an appropriate monitoring well(s) and determine optimized geophone placement within defined geomechanical limitations to maximize detectability of microseismic (MS) events.
  • To construct velocity models from available logs (SonicScanner, DSI) using AVOLog and other tools.
  • To calibrate and to orient geophones, accelerometers using perforation shots, string shots, vibrations on surface and/or underground, and/or shot initation time (T0).
  • To communicate with field engineers to follow hydraulic fracturing operations in real-time and ensure proper data acquisition.
  • To process recorded data to produce MS event locations in a commercial time frame. Processing is performed in the computer center, or as various projects dictate, at the wellsite, in client office, etc.
  • To review quality (QA/QC) of MS event locations, their attributes, and P & S (compressional and shear) wave on-set time picks.
  • To interpret MS event locations with respect to time, stimulation parameters, and formation properties.
  • To generate client reports, presentation, and other deliverables.
  • To develop and to maintain a complete understanding of all the commercial product/services offered by Schlumberger in the respective domains, including:
    • Hydraulic fracturing operations
    • Wireline acquisition operations
    • Data processing and interpretation

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree or other higher Degree in Engineering or Pure or Applied Science. Preferred MSc or MA in Geophysics or a relevant discipline.
  • BS with minimum 3 years of related experience, MS with minimum 1 year of related experience or a recent PhD.
  • Experience in the acquisition / processing / interpretation of Geophysics/ Microseismic data in a commercial environment is preferred.
  • Medium to Advanced skill in project estimation.
  • Strategic approach to identifying potential future problems. Acts consistently over the long term to create opportunities or avoid potential risks.
  • Contributes to the team/area to optimum performance levels through leadership abilities.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with customers, contractors, and competitors.
  • Capability for multidisciplinary integration of information in the geosciences environment with other disciplines for synergy enhancement.
  • Candidates must be able to legally work and reside in the US, without sponsorship


Schlumberger is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

Schlumberger is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor—priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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