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  • Job reference: RMS0096315


  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 30/08/2011
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The Company:
A major Oil and Gas operator.

The Role:
Conduct geophysical activities for the asset and ensure high quality and timely deliverables. Provide support to the asset for all geophysical aspects, including, but not limited to, seismic interpretation, generation of maps, structural frameworks, seismic attributes to guide static geomodel builds, volumetric estimates, risks analysis, uncertainty analysis, and well planning. Support the asset Lead Geophysicist and Lead Geologist to understand all aspects of seismic data and its interpretation and provide geophysical support to the appraisal, development or ongoing maturation of the asset.

Act as part of the geophysical team and work with other asset team members in a collaborative style and support asset data integration.


• Safety and Environment Role models compliance with HSE policy. Ensures that all activities are planned and conducted in compliance with HSE policy.
• Leadership – Undertakes the role in line with corporate policy and demonstrates behaviours in line with Nexen’s values at all times. Readily accepts accountability.
• Financial – Carries out duties in a way that maximises values and minimises waste and risk.

Technical Responsibilities:
– Good ideas – a good geophysicist will not only do the necessary day to day tasks, but will think of the key issues that underpin the field. He/she will continuously strive to understand limitations of the existing data and look for opportunities to improve reservoir imaging, interpretation of key reservoir horizons and faults, depth uncertainty and integration with regional mapping.
– Communication – it is also responsibility of the Geophysicist to ensure timely communication of the status of geophysical issues and studies to the Lead Geophysicist, SSTL and ADM. The Geophysicist ensures they are using appropriate tools and skills to clearly communicate often complex geoscience concepts. Takes an active interest in industry trend by attending external conferences.
– Tasks – the Geophysicist will be expected to carry out high quality analysis and ensure timely delivery of geophysical tasks to an agreed standard. There should be no exceptions to this rule. Although time is often limited, any task should be performed to a minimum standard and this should not be compromised. He/she is also expected use experience to identify areas of weakness early and draw in expertise to support studies as necessary.

Typical tasks include:
• Conducting interpretation projects and integration of both regional and asset focussed reservoir data. Deliver high quality maps for use in field development and well planning.
• Volumetrics. A critical aspect to the geophysicist role is the estimation and distribution of GRV. This requires the integration of time, velocity and depth geophysical data and working closely with the geologists employed in both deterministic and probabilistic assessments.
• Description of the structural style definition observed on seismic data, stress regime, and the potential influence of structure on reservoir presence and quality
• Well planning. Work closely with the geologists to prepare well prognosis for drilling and identify any potential geotechnical uncertainties, risks or hazards to the Drilling Engineers.
• Well planning. The value of future wells should be estimated in close collaboration with the rest of the team, in particular the Reservoir Engineering community.
• Uncertainty analysis: any significant project should be considered in a probabilistic manner. Ranges should always be considered; use of probabilistic tools such as Crystal Ball or PRISE is encouraged. Provide statistically evaluated parameter ranges for input to probabilistic assessments. The concepts of Decision Analysis need to be understood and the use of decision trees and explicit definition of risk factors is encouraged.
• Support Reservoir management. Observe monitored well and reservoir performance and provide geotechnical input to optimise field and well management with Reservoir Engineers and Production Engineers.
• Present to JV partners, management and other as required.
– Technical Articles – the geophysicist should be continually trying to improve knowledge and competencies through training courses, conferences and, of particular importance, self-study. He/she should support the geologist to do the same and share learning experiences
– Collaboration – Collaborates effectively with other teams, and actively encourages individuals to build networks, share knowledge and participate in joint problem solving activities.
• Continuous Improvement & Innovation – Manages work in line with Nexen project disciplines and takes every opportunity to consider alternative solutions in the light of lessons learned. Enforces the effective use of knowledge databases.
• Capability Development – Takes responsibility for own personal development and demonstrates personal commitment to lifelong learning.


– Undergraduate or post-graduate degree in Geology or Geoscience subject or equivalent required.
– Post graduate Geoscience qualification preferred.
– Proven industry track record of delivering high quality technical work essential
– Experience of part of project teams and strong team working skills is desirable
– Affiliation to professional body e.g. EAGE, SEG, PESGB is desirable


– Robust knowledge and understanding of the upstream oil and gas business model
– Broad knowledge of G+G, petrophysics, and production engineering
– Skills in and / or experience of the following:
• Fundamentals of seismic interpretation
• Principles in seismic acquisition & processing
• Basic structural geology and structural geology principles
• Techniques for mapping and predicting reservoir presence and quality
• Geotechnical Risk and Uncertainty analysis

– Operational, offshore experience would be desirable. In any case an understanding of the offshore environment is essential.
– Ability to work within a team in a positive, friendly, non-confrontational manner, but also able to challenge the conventional wisdom in a logical and non-threatening way.
– Able to balance short term urgent assignments with longer term important assignments
– Displays honesty, integrity and a strong sense of ethics in all decision and actions, role-models the “values”, and displays a strong personal commitment to upholding the highest standards of HSE
– Strong oral, listening and written communication skills
– Ability to work under pressure and deliver timely results, coupled with individual drive and self starting initiative and the ability to work in a fast paced environment without compromising integrity
– Strong analytical and problem solving skills
– Personal commitment to organisational and technical excellence
– Flexibility and learning capacity
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