First, I’d like to thank the guys for coming up with this iniciative, I’m sure it will be very useful for a lot of people.
I have been working as a Geophysicist in Argentina for the last four years. For me, the link between university and the world of petroleum was a masters degree in “Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons” offered by the Higher Institute of Energy (now the CSFR; Repsol Higher Centre for Professional Studies). In my case, I was able to obtain a grant through the Repsol Foundation.
One should be aware that this job requires international travel and so, if you’re looking for a job that will allow you to spend your whole life in Spain, it isn’t recommended for you.
In general, a multidisciplinary team of geologists, geophysicists and engineers work together to characterise and optimise the development of existing deposits, whilst simultaneously searching for new opportunities in still un-exploited areas. More concretely, the post of geophysicist has three principle responsibilities:
- Seismic acquisition: Designing the optimum parameters for seismic measurements of the deposits.
- Seismic processing: Treatment of the raw signal to give the most realistic image possible of the subsoil.
- Seismic interpretation: Determining the positions of geological faults, determining the petrophysical properties of the subsoil using methods of seismic inversion, etc.
An understanding of geology is necessary (I acquired this during the masters degree), because of this many of the professionals working as geophysical interpreters are have degrees in geology. There are also people with degrees in physics and mathematics, as well as a few with degrees in geophysics, since dedicated courses in geophysics are offered by very few universities worldwide.
Ok, I’ll leave it there. Best regards to everyone and thanks again for the idea!
Other details if you are interested in this post:
- Where should I send my CV?
Here to apply for the Masters degree with the CSFR and also to apply for grants from the Repsol Foundation.
- Where can I find more information?
On this site there are links with lots more information: Prerequisites, offers of training positions (this year, only two Masters degree places were offered for example, and only one physicist was accepted :S)
- Important qualities to get the job:
I would say that your academic record is not the key thing, although it is true that a common denominator was to have spent time abroad on academic exchanges etc., since they are looking for people who are happy to move abroad for work. A high level of English is necessary, as the Masters degree is taught entirely in this language since there are a high percentage of foreign students.
- How much is the Repsol Foundation grant?
In my year, the grants could be full (including the matriculation fee for the Masters degree -not cheap- and 800€ per month) or partial (just covering the matriculation fee). Generally, people from outside Madrid would choose the full grant.