Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Geophysical Researcher

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About us

CGG is a pioneering Technology Company providing world class fully integrated Geoscience services within the global Energy sector. Created in 1931, our history tells the story of a profession conducted with passion and of an adventure stretching across five continents.

We employ in excess of 5,300 people worldwide, who bring a unique blend of talent and energy through working together to deliver unrivalled innovative solutions to our customers.

Join us to deliver unrivalled geoscience insight to our clients, through complex data science techniques and ongoing development of our powerful software

Through our cutting-edge Technology in Geoscience, we have achieved outstanding leadership, with a strong focus on innovation and a commitment to delivering the best sustainable solutions to our clients’ energy challenges.

Based on the foundations of mathematics and applied physics, we bring our clients a unique range of‚Ä®technologies, manufactured equipment and services; all designed to generate stunning 3D images, geological data and remote sensing information of the Earth’s structures.

Do you want to develop world leading imaging solutions?

We use exploration geophysics to map the subsurface structure and our imaging techniques are based on applied physics, using high performance computer systems. CGG is a recognised leader in subsurface imaging and our international teams are dedicated to solving our clients’ complex challenges. We produce tailored products and customised solutions in pursuit of providing a deeper understanding of the Earth’s subsurface structures for exploration, production and optimisation of oil and gas reservoirs.

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Become part of our team

Reporting to the Research Advisor, the Researcher will develop, implement, test and support new algorithms to improve imaging of the subsurface. You will understand purpose of research for subsurface exploration, and the need to continuously stay abreast of technology, in order to develop and improve research activities for business units and clients.

As a research geophysicist you will develop algorithms to solve a specified geophysical problem whilst validating algorithms of synthetic and real data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed approach. You will also support the rollout of new technology through internal presentations and user support, as well as promote new technologies to clients through scientific publications and presentations.

You would be expected to continuously develop your knowledge by reading academic publications, attending presentations, workshops, conferences and seminars.


Educated to a Master’s, with 3 years’ experience or PHD degree level in any of the following disciplines; Geophysics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or related technical discipline.

Key Skills & Competencies

  • A passion and enthusiasm for analytical and problem solving challenges.
  • Strong maths skills are essential, as you must be capable of abstracting geophysical concepts with mathematical languages.
  • Excellent coding skills are also essential for this role, particularly FORTRAN or C/C++ and preferably knowledge of high performance computation (MPI, multi-threading, GPU etc.).
  • Highly motivated to deal with real data, solve problems and deliver high end technological products.
  • Ideally you will have knowledge of seismic processing/imaging.
  • Experience in wave propagation, inversion, or strong signal processing background is a plus.
  • The ability to define and manage project deadlines.
  • To keep all stakeholders regularly informed on progress.

Learning & Development

Our culture of learning and complementary approach to supported or self-guided career development, enables the design of tailored courses to suit specific needs of each individual to aid personal growth in areas related to technical, commercial and personal skills, via an extensive suite of CGG developed courses, managed through our own CGG University platform.

Benefits Package

  • Salary starting from £32,000 p.a.
  • Highly attractive bonus scheme.
  • Initially 22 days' holiday with future increases, complemented by a flexible buying and selling holiday programme.
  • Company contributory pension plan.
  • Relocation & accommodation assistance programme.
  • Flexible Private Medical & Dental care programmes, tailored to suit individual or family needs.
  • Employee Assistance Programme to support our staff

We care about our staff & environment

We recognise the importance of work life balance for our employees, which is supported through our flexible working and relaxed dress code policies. We recognise and actively support the wellbeing of our staff through many different initiatives;

  • Onsite Exercise classes, almost every day of the week and promoting active lifestyles.
  • Onsite Social Games area which provide downtime through the working day.
  • Our restaurant, offering great food and a highly effective social and work space.
  • Regular social club events, spontaneous reward events throughout the year.
  • Many discounts schemes, including Gym membership and a cycle purchase scheme.

We encourage and actively support a strong sense of community, through volunteering and various company initiatives, as well as a strong company commitment to protecting our environment through sustainable solutions, energy saving and waste reduction enterprises.


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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • ¬£32,000 + benefits
  • Masters and above
  • Crawley (West Sussex)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Geophysics
  • Maths
  • Physics

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