Senior Development Geoscientist (Dubai, UAE)

Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Posted October 11, 2017
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10


DNO is a Norwegian oil and gas operator focused on the Middle East-North Africa region and the North Sea. Founded in 1971, DNO is Norway’s oldest oil company. With a leading position in terms of reserves and production in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, DNO produces around 110,000 barrels of oil per day from the flagship Tawke field.

Due to increased drilling activity in Kurdistan, DNO is seeking to appoint an experienced Senior Development Geoscientist. The Senior Development Geoscientist will be joining an international and dynamic working environment characterized by experienced, skilled and motivated employees. The Senior Development Geoscientist will be based in DNO’s Dubai office and be a key member of the Field Development team.

The Senior Development Geoscientist will support the well planning of predominantly development and water injection wells on DNO’s Kurdistan fields.   The role may also from time to time be asked to assist with exploration and appraisal well planning.

Health, safety, environment and security are core values at DNO and are taken very seriously.  All employees are expected to play their role whereas senior staff is also part of a company-wide safety leadership programme.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Target and trajectory determination for development wells
  • Recognising lithology and formational changes using seismic and well data during operations
  • Working closely with the Drilling Team during operations and providing follow up and support, including loading of latest survey data, and reacting to changes in trajectory to quickly respond to changes in well plan
  • VSP planning and follow up
  • Prepare well proposals including gathering the required input from G&G and drilling team
  • Work with Drilling Team to provide updated formation top prediction based on changes in well plan


Required Qualifications & Experience:

Ideally MSc in Geology or Geophysics or, as a minimum, BSc degree in Geology or Geophysics

  • 10+ years’ experience in the E&P Industry
  • Proven track record in planning development wells
  • Confident user of Petrel or Kingdom seismic interpretation packages
  • Experienced of working in compressional tectonic settings
  • Understanding of velocity modelling processes
  • Experienced seismic interpreter
  • Experience of working with both time and depth seismic and an understanding of the different seismic processing steps
  • Data integration at a well log to seismic scale, and ability to recognize and react to changes in lithology whilst drilling
  • Some experience with using static and dynamic reservoir models alongside well planning would be beneficial, but is not essential


Key Attributes:

  • Open, clear, communication style
  • Significant technical competency and high standards in quality of work delivered
  • Strong workstation skills, expertise with seismic interpretation software, Petrel preferred, Kingdom also considered, ability to learn new software
  • Good, interpersonal, presentation, communication and reporting skills (fluency in verbal and written English language) including recognition of local cultural requirements
  • Initiative and desire to learn and expand within role
  • Independent worker, pro-active and self-motivated
  • Collaborative style and a strong team player
  • Ability to grasp complex issues and convey their resolution to colleagues and project stakeholders
  • High energy, strong work ethic
  • Flexible working style with adaptability
  • Ability to achieve results in a small company through initiative and taking accountability
  • Able to effectively deliver in a matrix environment of teams and functions
  • Able to contribute personally to solve problems and get things done with a sense of urgency
  • Flexible to undertake some business travel in the role

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