Petrophysicist Specialist - Houston

at Aramco Services
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted April 3, 2017
Category Petrophysicist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10


Our Houston Research Center focuses on research and innovation in geology, geophysics, reservoir engineering, production technology, drilling, and sensors development to advance the discovery and recovery of oil and gas. Located in Houston’s Energy Corridor, the center neighbors the nation’s leading petroleum engineering universities, labs, manufacturers, and service companies.

Basic Function:

As a recognized Company expert, and in some instances as an industry expert in tbeir geological discipline, the caniddate will provide high-level technical analysis, guidance and innovation to the solution of Exploration, Technology or Reservoir Characterization problems.  This position performs research with a multidisciplinary team to develop and deploy new petrophysical evaluation methods and technologies.  Knowledge and proficiency in predictive and prescriptive analytics and supplementary knowledge of sedimentology/stratigraphy is highly desirable.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Pursue research in petrophysics while maintaining awareness of and pursuing novel developments for log analysis, including calibration with cores and analogues, on exploratory and multi-well, field-wide petrophysical models
  • Provide expertise in data analysis from multiple downhole sensors with core and sample data to determine the hydrocarbon production capacity, lithology and fluid saturation of a reservoir
  • Provide broad industry knowledge of calibration procedures, wireline tool responses, log analysis, QC and integration of data from multiple sources
  • Lead integrated research efforts that combine additional sensors to include acoustics, spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance determine additional reservoir characteristics
  • Develop research applications in the areas of statistics, signal processing, machine learning, and mathematical modelling as applied to subsurface sensory data
  • Translate research to deployable technologies and tools using common programming languages (Python, C++, etc.)
  • Work with commercial vendors for acquisition, support and upgrades of analytical and/or experimental equipment
  • Interface with external institution(s) for outsourced analyses and collaborative research as appropriate
  • Evaluate geological data in an area, and prepare and make presentations to management or the government, illustrating different geologic problems and presenting conclusions or recommendations that have a high probability of improving results or resolving those problems
  • Prepare written reports on geological procedures or activities, where a very sophisticated type of analysis and mature judgment is required to evaluate potential applications to Saudi Aramco exploration objectives
  • Undertake or direct specialized studies on applied research or specific problems leading to new Exploration, Technology or Reservoir Characterization concepts
  • Act as a technical advisor, provide expert counsel and direction to other geoscientists, apply the techniques of their specialized field in the various studies and research projects in progress
  • Consult with Geological management and Company geologists on the effectiveness of methods being employed by Exploration, and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate
  • Function as a senior geological expert or representative of Aramco Services Company (ASC) at conferences or meetings held with technical representatives of geological contractors, competitor companies, research institutions, academic laboratories and with leaders in field of specialty
  • Represent ASC at outside meetings that discuss complex problems, when decisions are being arrived at concerning future approaches and directions of investigation
  • Constantly keep up to date in specialized discipline by reading technical journals and attending technical society sessions to ensure all recent developments are used in Saudi Aramco’s Exploration Organization
  • Assist in training less experienced geologists through discussions and work sessions, and participate in specialist development program
  • Prepare and make presentations to management, for the company and government agencies, if warranted, illustrating different geologic problems, results and conclusions
  • Perform the administrative functions required to implement the studies and research assigned to their discipline
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology or a related science required; graduate study in a specialized discipline of Geology, a related science or other extended special training is desirable; advanced degree preferred
  • Ten to twelve (10-12) years of experience, including at least seven (7) years as a specialist in their discipline; candidate must be highly regarded and accepted as an expert in their principle discipline by their peer group; experience as petrophysicist/statistician with knowledge of depositional processes and basin analysis
  • Must have thorough knowledge of petrophysical applications for the oil and gas industry and be current in established industry practices and the views of industry/academic thought leaders in the field
  • Incumbent will have achieved substantial industry recognition in their area of expertise
  • Ideally, the incumbent will have published in significant technical journals and will have a history of active participation in technical society activities
  • Must have expertise in petrophysical evaluation, signal processing, and data interpretation for reservoir characterization and prediction
  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend accurately, clearly and concisely in English at a level required to perform the job as outlined; good interpersonal and communication skills; proficient technical writing skills
  • Track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals strongly preferred
  • Supplementary skills in the area of statistics and uncertainty analysis are desired
  • Ability to promote cross-disciplinary interactions in geoscience and engineering realms
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of relevant industry practices including scientific and economic principles, calculation methods, design details, and codes, standards and specifications
  • Must possess good work habits, a strong work ethic, and be able to adhere to company work hours, policies, and standard business etiquette


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