Geophysicists interpret seismic data to create maps of the build-up of hydrocarbons and they also study the physical properties of rocks. Geophysicists gather and evaluate well data that helps build reservoir models to predict the potential flow from the reservoir.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Advises on suitable seismic measurement and data-processing techniques
  • Designs seismic data acquisition plans Interprets seismic data to create maps
  • Measures reservoir volumes
  • Assesses potential oil and gas yield
  • Compiles charts, reports and management presentations
  • Provides a range of geophysical support and technical advice and guidance within the business
  • Uses a range of specialist Geosciences technical software, analytical tools, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Works closely with other technical departments including Geology, Petrophysics, and Reservoir Engineering to incorporate seismic interpretation and mapping into field development and modelling workflows to find and extract oil and gas from existing fields as well as searching for potential new targets. Also works closely with the Commercial department. Mainly employed by Operators or Geoscience Consultancy firms.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree in relevant physical science subject e.g. geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or degree in Physics or Mathematics may also be considered
  • Significant years professional experience or significant work experience in an oil/gas exploration or production environment
  • Good knowledge of geosciences data and Information Systems
  • Very good knowledge of databases and data models

Employers might also look for:

  • Masters or PhD in relevant subject
  • Relevant work experience through summer work, internship
  • Related fieldwork or research trips
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations/ facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/ regulations