Senior Development Geophysicist in Aberdeen, United Kingdom

at First Recruitment Group
Location Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Date Posted January 17, 2020
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent


Senior Development Geophysicist
Provide geophysical interpretation and support to the company for field development, subsurface mapping, reservoir modelling, well planning and seismic acquisition. Provide technical input into Field Development plans and Reservoir Management plans as required.
Key Accountabilities

Subsurface mapping and the integration of seismic data with geological, well and production data to develop fit-for-purpose subsurface depth structure maps, structural interpretations and reservoir quality predictions to be provided as input for reservoir models.

Integration of relevant geophysical data, including interpretations, rock physics models and 4D data, leading to the identification and maturation of in-field and near-field drilling targets and production improvement opportunities.

Provision of geoscience interpretation and support during well planning and the operational phase of development drilling.

Development, maintenance and update of rock physics models for reservoirs and fluids in order to make predictions of hydrocarbon saturation / pore pressure and assist in reservoir history matching.

Peer Review and mentoring responsibility for seismic interpretation and geophysical activity across the company.

Responsible for leading the definition of requirements for Geophysical data acquisition and site surveys and coordination of safe and effective acquisition operations.

Work closely with other specialists within the fields of reservoir engineering, geology and petroleum engineering in a multi-discipline team approach to reservoir development and production optimisation.

Active participation in relevant external reviews, JV meetings and other ad-hoc technical meetings, representing the company as operator.

Major Challenges

The ability to characterise and succinctly articulate business-focussed recommendations and the associated risks and uncertainties to other relevant disciplines and Management.

Ability to work effectively within a multi-discipline team environment, working both within the asset team and with corporate colleagues, and provide technical leadership within the geoscience discipline.

Ability to work at pace to deliver fit-for-purpose interpretations on schedule, as required.

Financial Accountability and Dimensions
Responsible for managing 3rd Party studies budgets up to c. £100,000 from time to time.
A degree in Geophysics, Geology or a related discipline. Preferably with a post-graduate qualification in Petroleum Geoscience, Geophysics or related discipline.
Candidate Profile (include Skills & Experience, Attributes, Behaviours)
Skills / experience:

Extensive experience as a development geoscientist with an E&P Operator working on operated field development projects and producing assets.

Strong interpretive geophysical skills including classical seismic interpretation, structural geology, seismic attribute analysis, rock physics, depth conversion and well-tie analysis.

Experience in building structural frameworks for geological reservoir modelling (e.g. Petrel).

Experience in recognising shortcomings in seismic datasets and recommending, planning and optimising seismic acquisition and processing projects to address these.

Geological operations and well planning experience, coupled with a good understanding of drilling and production operations.

Experience of 4D seismic acquisition and interpretation, and working with reservoir engineers, integration of this data with simulation models.

Experience of managing seismic processing projects.

Proven ability to bring forward clear, business-focussed recommendations and appropriate work programmes to influence the business and improve production and/or reserves.

Ability to work at pace to produce high quality and fit-for-purpose subsurface interpretations and maps on schedule, as required to evaluate new development and in-field opportunities.

Knowledge (e.g. systems, software, procedures, regulations):

Proficiency in the use of seismic interpretation and mapping software (e.g. Petrel), rock physics software (e.g. RokDoc) and specialist seismic attribute analysis.

Practical experience and knowledge of reservoir model building and an understanding of how geophysics relates to reservoir engineering and petroleum economics.

Systematic approach to uncertainty management and the ability to work with limited data.

Good awareness of latest industry innovations and technology.

Attributes and behaviours:

Highly motivated, goal-oriented professional.

Ability to provide technical leadership and mentoring in the Geophysics discipline.

Able to establish technical credibility in order to gain the respect of peers, supervisors, and external third parties. Ability to develop practical solutions to problems and gain agreement with senior managers in the company, corporate and function.

Ability to succinctly articulate risks and uncertainty in complex scenarios.

Detail focused, with ability to prioritise workloads to ensure deadlines are met.

Exhibits the core company behaviours at all times.

Ability to manage confidential information with appropriate sensitivity.

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