Imaging Research Geophysicist


Houston, TX, US

Company:  ExxonMobil


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Job Role Summary


We are looking to hire a dynamic, creative, and resourceful candidate for ExxonMobil’s seismic imaging research group in Spring, Texas. Candidates will work with research teams to develop new and innovative solutions to challenging imaging and inversion problems in a variety of geologic settings. Candidates will also collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to deliver these new capabilities for production application in our supercomputing environment. 

Job Role Responsibilities


  • Conduct research and develop solutions for challenging ray and wave-based imaging and inversion problems in a variety of geologic settings
  • Bring to bear the latest geophysical and computational industry advances to imaging and inversion research and development
  • Optimize and enhance existing wave-based imaging and inversion production capabilities  
  • Work with computational scientists and software engineers to validate and deliver new imaging and inversion capabilities for production application
  • Conduct analysis and guide production teams on the optimal application of existing and new capabilities and methodsConsult on vendor-based proprietary depth imaging projects, where high-end imaging and inversion technologies are being applied



  • MS or PhD in Geophysics, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related technical discipline
  • 5+ years’ experience in wave-based seismic imaging and inversion research and development within the Oil and Gas industry
  • Demonstrated record of technical problem solving and innovation in seismic imaging and inversion research 
  • Flexibility and initiative to quickly adapt to changing business and production application needs
  • Strong programming skills in HPC environment (e.g., C, C++, Python, Fortran, MPI, OpenMP, CUDA)
  • Knowledge of seismic acquisition techniques, seismic data processing, seismic wave propagation, digital signal processing, numerical modeling and inversion, and optimization 
  • Proficiency in English
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams



  • Extensive experience in FWI research, development, and application in HPC environment
  • Hands-on software development experience in wavefield simulation, analysis, and inversion
  • Production scale seismic data processing, depth imaging and velocity model building experience
  • Research and development experience in a source controlled environment (Git, TFS) 

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