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Senior Geophysicist

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA024
Grade SEO
Salary: £75,267 per annum plus allowance and benefits
Specialist allowance: £5,000 non pensionable allowance
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Level of Security clearance Basic
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 30 Jul 2017

Brief overview of role

This is an opportunity for an experienced Geophysicist to deliver changes that will have a significant, long-term impact on the future of the UK offshore oil and gas sector. This role is in the Exploration & New Ventures Team within the Operations Directorate. You will have the opportunity to utilise your geoscience skills in addressing subsurface challenges and will support industry and government decision making and collaboration.

The Operations Directorate team is responsible for stewardship of oil and gas resources across the UKCS; including licensing, exploration, development, decommissioning and technology application. The Exploration & New Ventures team is tasked with revitalising exploration within the UK, and is taking strides to enhance investment and improve exploration success through actions on licensing, data, prospect inventories, seismic acquisition and regional play evaluations. Recent OGA well-lookback analysis identified geophysical-related failures in trap, seal, reservoir characterisation and pore-fluid prediction to be key areas that must be addressed to improve exploration success rates and discovered volumes. Improved access to, and use of, geophysical and other subsurface data is defined as a high priority in the OGA Corporate Plan and Exploration Strategy

The successful applicant will be responsible for advancing the standard of geophysical analysis that is applied to the exploration and appraisal portfolio of the UKCS, though effective engagement with industry at regional, play and prospect level.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

We require an experienced and expert Exploration Geophysicist with a track-record of prospect generation, technical peer review, and mastery of quantitative seismic interpretation techniques to work in the OGA’s Exploration & New Ventures Team. You will have experience, within an Exploration & Production operating company, of exploration within the North Sea, across NW European borders, and beyond.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Delivering Asset Stewardship Expectation SE03 to ensure that industry uses the optimal subsurface datasets to generate new plays and prospects, to extend prospectivity, and to monitor reservoir performance and in-field drilling opportunities to enhance production.
  • Leadership and collaboration with industry and academia on the application of new and advanced geophysical technologies to promote exploration and production (seismic, gravity/magnetics, etc);
  • Through tiered stewardship reviews, including pre- and post-well evaluation (Stewardship Expectation SE02), work with the exploration portfolio and field teams to ensure subsurface work programmes are appropriate, robust and delivered;
  • Technical assurance of operators’ E&A well portfolios, consistent with OGA’s exploration priorities, with a particular focus on geophysical data application and workflows;
  • Support with the technical evaluation of Petroleum Licence applications, including recommendations for award and tracking of work programme delivery;
  • Close collaboration with the supply chain (e.g. multiclient seismic contractors) to find new solutions to accelerate activity and improve/expand data acquisition programmes;
  • Work with the IAGC and Licensees to improve geophysical data retention, reporting, and release;
  • Supervise acquisition, processing and data delivery associated with the OGA’s seismic programmes;
  • Provide advice and input to cross-industry data analytics and machine-learning programmes, involving the Oil and Gas Technology Centre and others;
  • Address geophysical issues arising in relation to risk and resource assessment by supporting the Exploration Portfolio Team;
  • Working with IT to develop systems to archive and make additional geophysical data available in the public domain;
  • Staying abreast of new geophysical technologies and promoting best practice to operators.
  • Representing the OGA and the UK oil & gas industry at national and international events and conferences, including involvement with event planning and execution.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading and Communicating - The candidate will be able to create a vision and develop strategic thinking; Clear and articulate communication skills will be essential, both oral and written, in order to build relationships and deliver key messages across both within OGA and external stakeholders at all levels; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and reach an outcome without direct authority are essential; This role requires a team player with a proactive approach
  • Competence 2: Delivering at Pace - The successful candidate will have an aptitude for working on numerous projects simultaneously with effective time management to ensure that customers' needs are met within required timeframes; The candidate will have the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team comprising both technical and administrative staff.
  • Competence 3: Making Effective Decisions - The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and sound judgement to manage varied and sometimes complex issues and to make decisions with discretion within a broad policy framework; The candidate will have a flair for creative and innovative thinking to bring novel solutions to field appraisal and development issues.
  • Competence 4: Achieving Commercial Outcomes - The successful candidate will have good negotiation skills with the ability to sustain a robust line, without damaging relationships, when required.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
• An appropriate geology or geophysics degree and have recent professional experience with an oil and gas operator.
• A strong technical background and the ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in organizing and evaluating geotechnical information to support evidenced-based policy decisions.
• Strong all-round geotechnical, analytical and IT expertise
• Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills in multi-disciplinary teams and be able to command the respect of colleagues and industry representatives.
• • A positive attitude, and a desire to deliver.
• A first degree, or equivalent, in Geology/ Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics or another relevant Science/Engineering discipline.
• A strong petroleum geoscience background and ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in managing, conditioning and analysing geophysical and well data (1D to 4D), and developing clear recommendations with supporting evidence.
• Recent hands-on experience using geophysical interpretation software (e.g. Petrel, Kingdom, Landmark) and quantitative interpretation tools/methods to evaluate prospectivity.
• Expert in the theory, applications and pitfalls of rock physics, AVO/AVA and elastic properties techniques.
• Solid understanding and application of risk and volumetric processes and techniques, both at a play and a prospect level. Experience of industry-standard tools (e.g. GeoX, R&A MMRA) and risk-modification using DHIs (e.g. SAAM).
• Knowledge of seismic data acquisition, processing and inversion techniques. Application of velocity modelling and time-depth conversion methodologies.
• Experience of geophysical survey planning and operations, including site survey and VSP techniques. Experience of well planning and delivery.
• Thorough understanding of structural geology and stratigraphy fundamentals.
• Understanding of petrophysics, geomechanics and pore-pressure/fracture-gradient techniques.
• Knowledge of high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) plays, tight reservoir characterization (oil and gas), shale/resource plays, heavy oil, fractured basement plays and other challenging exploration targets.
• Experience of mentoring more junior staff and collaborating with other disciplines.
• Commitment to good data management practices.
• Use of GIS mapping software, such as ArcGIS.

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title.

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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