Geoscientist/Petrophysicist - Digital Rock Specialist

Saudi Arabia
26 Feb 2016
08 Feb 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
Position Description
Saudi Aramco is embarking on a program to develop its world-class resources and is seeking a professional experienced in microCT tomography and digital rock analysis. Of primary interest is experience with acquisition, QCing, and analyzing 3D microCT digital images to model internal rock fabric, structural, petrophysical, and physical properties in support of exploration activities. This position, based in Dhahran offers a unique opportunity to work in an operational environment on computational rock physics supported by an industry-leading laboratory and supercomputing resources. The successful candidate will also be familiar with wireline logs, and conventional and special core analysis data. Saudi Aramco's position as a world-leading hydrocarbon explorer and producer offers unique opportunities for a Geoscientist/Petrophysicist to realize their full technical potential in this developing discipline.

Minimum Requirements
You will hold a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, or Physics. An advanced degree is preferred, and will reduce prerequisite work experience stated below by one year for master's degree and two years for a Ph.D.

The candidate will have 7 years experience as a Geoscientist/Petrophysicist, including at least 5 years working with challenging 3D tomography issues, preferably related to reservoir evaluation and/or flow simulation. Suitable applicants will have a proven track record in a relevant discipline as evidenced by previous work such as publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature/conferences.

Other desirable skills include:
Familiarity with pore-scale modeling.
Expertise in acquisition, QC, and use of core-derived petrophysical properties.
Hands-on experience with advanced image analysis software (Avizo, Mango, Morphy, etc.).
Programming experience (Linux codes, Python, etc.)
Expertise in log analysis, including calibration with cores and analogues, on exploratory and multiwell, field-wide petrophysical models.
A strong working knowledge of wireline tool responses.
Ability to work in a team.
Excellent communication skills.
Fluent in written and spoken English.

Duties and Responsibilities
The focus of this role is the processing and digital analysis of 3D microCT image data to provide support for operational decisions. Responsibilities include:

Analyzing, QCing, processing, and performing 3D image analysis.
Integration of 3D tomograms with SEM images.
Calibration and integration with lab results, e.g., CCAL, SCAL, MICP, and XRF.
Interpretation and synthesis of rock properties.
Development of pore-scale numerical simulations and structural model development.
Collaborating effectively with other team members within a multidisciplinary group.
Prepare/review reports.
Ongoing collaboration with industry leaders on the evolution of new microCT techniques and technologies.