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Geochemistry Specialist (441596)

Our Houston Research Center focuses on research and innovation in geology, geophysics, reservoir engineering, production technology, drilling, and sensors development to advance the discovery and recovery of oil and gas. Located in Houston’s Energy Corridor, the center neighbors the nation’s leading petroleum engineering universities, labs, manufacturers, and service companies.

Basic Function:

This position provides high-level technical analysis, guidance and innovation to the solution of Exploration, Technology or Reservoir Characterization problems. Candidate will perform research with a multidisciplinary team to develop directions in geochemistry research involving laboratory analyses and experiments as well as geochemical modeling.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Pursue research in inorganic and organic geochemistry while maintaining awareness of and pursuing novel developments for advanced analytical and experimental methods, including 3D printing
  • Use broad knowledge and experience in geochemistry to guide research related to areas including quantitative reservoir quality assessment, diagenesis, source rocks and hydrocarbon system evaluation
  • Provide technical leadership for a geochemistry research projects based on collaboration with other geoscientists and reservoir engineers
  • Link geochemical research to integrated research efforts that may include but are not limited to unconventional resources, hydrocarbon systems evaluation, source-rock analysis, reservoir quality, environments of deposition, reactive transport modeling
  • Provide broad industry knowledge of inorganic and organic geochemical applications ranging from Nano-to Basin Scale
  • Work with commercial vendors for acquisition, support and upgrades of analytical and/or experimental equipment
  • Interface with external institution(s) for outsourced analyses and collaborative research as appropriate
  • Evaluate geological data in an area, and prepare and make presentations to management or the government, illustrating different geologic problems and present conclusions or recommendations that have a high probability of improving results or resolving those problems
  • Prepare written reports on laboratory procedures or activities, where a very sophisticated type of analysis and mature judgment is required to evaluate potential applications to Saudi Aramco exploration objectives
  • Undertake or direct specialized studies on applied research or specific problems leading to new Exploration, Technology or Reservoir Characterization concepts
  • Act as a technical advisor, provide expert counsel and direction to other geoscientists, apply the techniques of their specialized field in the various studies and research projects in progress
  • Consult with Geological management and Company geologists on the effectiveness of methods being employed by Exploration, and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate
  • Function as a senior geological expert or representative of Aramco Services Company (ASC) at conferences or meetings held with technical representatives of geological contractors, competitor companies, research institutions, academic laboratories, and with leaders in their field of specialty
  • Represent ASC at outside meetings that discuss complex problems, when decisions are being arrived at concerning future approaches and directions of investigation
  • Constantly keep up to date in their specialized discipline by reading technical journals and attending technical society sessions to ensure all recent developments are used in Saudi Aramco’s Exploration Organization
  • Assist in training less experienced geologists through discussions and work sessions, and participates in specialist development program
  • May be required to travel to meetings and seminars in other locations including North America, Europe and in Saudi Arabia
  • Prepare and make presentations to management, for the company and government agencies, if warranted, illustrating different geologic problems, results and conclusions
  • Perform the administrative functions required to implement the studies and research assigned to their discipline

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related science required; graduate study in a specialized discipline of Chemistry, a related science or other extended special training is desirable; advanced degree preferred; A Ph.D. in geochemistry or related field such as materials science is strongly preferred
  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience required; experience as organic/inorganic geochemist in clastic and carbonate settings preferred
  • Must have thorough knowledge of geochemical applications for the oil and gas industry and be current in established industry practices and the views of industry/academic thought leaders in the field
  • Must have expertise in laboratory procedures and be knowledgeable in quantitative field, laboratory and geochemical analysis as applied to outcrops, logs and core samples and geochemical modeling software; track record of journals publications and conference presentations strongly preferred Supplementary knowledge and skills in the area of 3D printing and material sciences is strongly desired
  • Ability to promote cross-disciplinary interactions in geoscience and engineering realms
  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend both orally and in writing, accurately, clearly and concisely in English at the high level required to perform the job as outlined.
  • Must be knowledgeable of relevant industry practices including scientific and economic principles, calculation methods, design details, and codes, standards and specifications
  • Must possess good work habits, a strong work ethic, and be able to adhere to company work hours, policies, and standard business etiquette



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