Research Fellow in Quantitative 4D seismic analysis in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

at Heriot Watt University
Location Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date Posted September 25, 2019
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent


Edinburgh£32,817 - £49,553 a yearThe chosen candidate will work as a member of the ETLP team in IPE. The Edinburgh Time-Lapse Project (ETLP) is a mature, UK-based, university research consortium with over nineteen years of experience in the field of quantitative interpretation of 4D seismic data. The size of our research team fluctuates in size each year but typically consists of a lead researcher, Assistant Professors, a Research Fellow, SRAs, RAs, and twelve PhD students. The project is now in its seventh phase, and this will last until June 2021. Phase VIII is planned from 2021 to 2024, and it is expected that this position would be extended into Phase VIII. Our particular specialisation is the integration of reservoir engineering and time-lapsed seismic data at an in-depth and at a practical level that is relatively unique to academia. To maintain our practical, multi-disciplinary data-centric perspective, a key driver in ETLP research is the data donated from our sponsors. Our project portfolio covers clastic, chalk and hard-rock carbonate fields from the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Campos Basin, West Coast Africa, North America, and Gulf of Mexico.
As a member of the ETLP team you will work extensively in the field of 4D QI for industry application. You are expected to have an excellent working knowledge of industry-standard software, and solid, up-to-date coding skills. There is industry interaction on a daily basis, therefore it is important that you possess the experience of working for a company in the O&G; sector. The majority of your time in this post will be dedicated to independent research on 4D seismic analysis using field datasets donated by sponsors. We will encourage you to publish your findings in the relevant journals. You must be a team player, willing to support students and staff, and to take on a share of administrative duties of the group to support and expand our activities. In addition, you must be capable of supporting and, eventually, supervising PhD students to full term.
This post will be offered on either Grade 7 (£32,817- £40,322) or Grade 8 (£41,526 - £49,553) depending on experience.
Key duties and responsibilities
The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:
Independent research on 4D QI using sponsors’ data
Present at biannual sponsors’ meetings
Attend occasional meetings with O&G; companies
Present at workshops and conferences
Support and assist in the supervision of PhD students
Support the team administratively at meetings and throughout the year
Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.
Education, qualifications and experience
A Masters or PhD in Geophysics or a related subject
Several years of experience working in the oil industry
Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Experience and up to date knowledge of coding

Competencies, Skills and Knowledge:
Excellent IT skills
Good team player with good interpersonal skills
Research-oriented mindset
Several years of experience working in industry
Drive and commitment to the succeed
How To Apply
Candidates can make informal enquiries to Prof Colin MacBeth,, 0131-451-3171.
Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Sunday 24th November 2019
If you have not heard the outcome of your application by 4 weeks from the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.
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