Geophysicist - Houston, TX

Houston - Westhollow Technology Center, United States
16 Oct 2019
16 Nov 2019
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
The Subsurface Interpretation Technology Department is accountable for developing and implementing modelling and experimental differentiating capabilities to support and execute a robust geoscientist and technological program of Geosciences Technologies. This work is conducted seamlessly with the Upstream and through close cooperation with several groups in the P&T Upstream and Development organizations and top academic institutes. The mission and primary purpose of the Geoscience Subsurface Interpretation Technology theme is to provide differentiating capabilities, including the ones to improve efficiency, to support exploration, development and production of hydrocarbon resources, while in a safe environment.

  • Support R&D projects in deep learning and artificial intelligence for geoscience, with focus on both exploration and production topics related to geology and geophysics.
  • Build and develop, test and deploy new Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms and collaborate with data scientists and geologists to enable a step-change in subsurface interpretation capability
  • Disseminate skills and knowledge of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the broader specialist and non-specialist geoscientist communities
  • Strength innovation of geology and geophysics, while driving integration between geology, petrophysics, seismic interpretation and modelling of both siliciclastic and carbonates rocks, in both knowledge-based and machine learning spaces. Agile mode to achieve these goals is encouraged.
  • Demonstrate and deploy innovative geoscience technologies at different scales of investigation -from thin section to seismic scales
  • Optimize AI network performance for training and inference on high-performance compute cluster, influence Shell technology teams regionally to maximize the value of such technologies.
  • Provide contributions and mentor other team members, and influence and collaborate with the greater geoscientist community and E&P project teams
  • Coordinate and work closely with stakeholders in UIX, UAX and P&T and external stakeholders (third party companies and academia) to ensure timely and effective development and deployment of new technologies and research results.
  • Ensure project execution and delivery of high-quality results within given budget and time constraints.


The team currently consists of some 10-11 staff, out of which only few are strong in computational skills (MatLab).
In the role you will be responsible for the analysis and integration of copious amounts of information from a wide range of geological data types - from cores to well logs as well as seismic data, including solving problems with AI. Also you will be able to progress and evolve existing workflows and suite of tools, which are required to produce realistic subsurface interpretations in shorter periods of time.

The successful applicant will contribute significantly to making multi-million-dollar decisions related to the research program, consulting efforts, EMRs and external collaborations.

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Country of Work Location:
United States

Employment Type:
Full Time

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Work Location:
Houston - Westhollow Technology Center

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
  • Ph.D in Geophysics with strong data science background as well as experience using geological data and Masters in Data Science and Analytics
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in industrial field
  • Machine learning applications with Geoscience data, including rock data (core and thin sections images), seismic data. Understanding of a wide range of geophysical and geoscientific data is a plus. Familiarity with carbon sequestration projects is a plus.
  • Experience developing geoscience-guided deep learning models for geology tasks
  • Skill set must include expertise in:
    • Deep Learning
    • Convolutional neural networks
    • Unsupervised learning
    • Image Processing
    • Programming skills in Python and Matlab; others are a plus
  • Some experience working with large datasets
  • Experience with remote sensing and geospatial data is a plus
  • Competence in seismic imaging and processing (from noise attenuation to post-migration)
  • Academic/Teaching and Industry experience
  • Strong internal and external publication record

City, State (if applicable):
Houston, TX

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