Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Imaging Scientist / Geophysicist

2021 Programme

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Who is CGG?

CGG is a global leader in high-tech geoscience employing around 4,600 people and operating from 42 locations worldwide. We offer a unique range of innovative technologies, services and equipment designed to provide extremely precise data on the Earth; primarily to support exploration for and optimal development of natural resources. Join us to deliver unrivalled geoscience insight to our clients using innovative geophysical and geological techniques and our powerful software.

Within our UK teams we hire physicists, mathematicians, geoscientists, remote sensing specialists, data scientists and computer scientists to understand and interpret complex seismic, satellite and geological data using pioneering technology.

Our culture of learning and approach to career development enables the design of tailored courses to suit the specific needs of our employees. This aids personal growth in areas related to technical, commercial and personal skills, via an extensive suite of CGG developed courses, given by external experts and our dedicated internal training team.

We recognise the importance of work life balance and community for our employees; with flexible working, relaxed dress code policies, onsite exercise classes, canteen and regular social committee events. This includes discount schemes such as gym membership and a cycle purchase scheme. There are also opportunities for volunteering particularly in STEM outreach and other local and company-wide initiatives.

A Geophysicist's day to day

Robin and Melissa, Graduate Geophysicists at CGG, describe what their day to days look like. To watch the full Gradcracker/CGG webinar, click here.

Job Description

Do you want to use Physics to solve real world problems?

The world beneath our feet is both incredibly complex and the source of the natural resources fundamental to the functioning of our society. We use the latest signal processing, modelling and imaging techniques and some of the most advanced CPU & GPU compute facilities in the world to build high-resolution 3D images and models of subsurface structure and rock properties for our clients.

We operate a collaborative team-based structure with each team focusing on one or two client-facing projects. Every project is different, whether it is the geological environment, the data acquisition and imaging technology or the client objectives. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about using their problem solving skills and whose natural curiosity about physics and the earth will keep CGG at the forefront of innovation in geoscience.

What skills will you develop in your career as a geophysicist?

  • Technical expertise in the field of signal processing and imaging; and wider awareness of the field of geoscience
  • Building client confidence and maintaining long-term client relationships
  • Successfully managing complex technical projects with multiple project deadlines
  • Effective communication and collaboration with team members and clients
  • Cultural awareness through training and interaction with our globally diverse clients and teams
  • Leadership and management skills enabling you to contribute to the development of others and take the company forward


Integrated or postgraduate Masters or PhD in any of the following disciplines: Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics/Astronomy, Natural Sciences with a Physics specialisation.

Please note this role is open only to students graduating in 2021 with no prior professional experience. Please include a cover letter with your application. Note we do not accept re-applications.

What do you need to demonstrate during the application process?

  • Analytical approach to problem solving
  • Technical knowledge in an area of applied mathematics or physics
  • Enthusiastic attitude towards learning and passion for your subject
  • The technical agility to adapt your existing knowledge to a new field
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts
  • Evidence of leadership, teamwork or customer service either from involvement in university societies/extracurricular activities, volunteering and/or work experience/internships.

Additional Information

Our Gradcracker Insights page should give you an indication of the working environment and the projects graduates work on.

Start Date Information

Our graduate intake for 2021 will be in late summer/early autumn. We will discuss start dates when we make our offer.

Benefits Package

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

Learning and 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 our employees 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 learning hub.

We Care about our Staff and 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;
  • Social club events, spontaneous reward events throughout the year;
  • Discounts schemes, including Gym membership and a cycle purchase scheme;
  • Discounts on nationwide restaurants, cinema tickets and days out through our benefits platform;
  • Tech, Travel and Fashion discounts all available through our benefits platform.

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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