Science

Scientists at BP work on the most advanced projects in oil and gas

Our scientists create products and develop new processes. That might be redefining the potential of hydrocarbon resources in Upstream, or exploring new fuels, lubricants or petrochemical products in Downstream

Chemistry

Overview

Chemistry is core to what we do at BP and Castrol. From petrochemicals to fuels and lubricants, it’s vital for the future of our businesses that we develop reliable new technology and understand the chemical and physical properties of the products we market. This is so that they can be produced efficiently and designed with our customers in mind. It’s an area which is experiencing a great deal of change, in terms of the legislation impacting fuels and transportation, and the breakthroughs that are happening in areas such as engine design, biofuels and chemical catalysis. That means as a graduate there are big challenges and even greater opportunities to build a lasting career with us.

At BP, chemists are involved in safely applying science, developing innovative technologies and working closely with our engineering and commercial operations. As a graduate, you’ll become part of a diverse, close-knit team, working on either the development of our products or the development of chemical processes.

When you join BP as a chemist, you'll enjoy a position at the heart of our operations. Your skills can help us make discovery after discovery and meet our performance, safety, environmental and quality targets.

Your role and responsibilities

Join our chemistry graduate scheme and you’ll either pursue a career in product chemistry or process chemistry.

As a product chemist you’ll contribute to developing and understanding a variety of Castrol and BP-branded products which are marketed and distributed in over 100 countries. In our product development teams you’ll concentrate on improving fuel and lubricant performance for all kinds of engines and vehicles. We’ll be looking for your input as to how our products can be upgraded to take advantage of newest engine technologies and you will also get experience of running test programmes on our new formulations and chemistries.

Process chemistry involves developing the next generation processes for converting hydrocarbon feedstock into clean fuels and chemicals. From day one, you will be placed in a real job where you can make an important contribution to the success of our projects. We value the different viewpoints and insights our people can offer, so there will be plenty of scope to bring your ideas to the table.

Chemistry at BP is the ideal marriage of the theoretical and the practical. This is an exciting and business-focused discipline where you'll be immersed in constant innovation and have many opportunities to grow.

Environmental science and engineering

Overview

The health, safety and environment (HSE) discipline has been established in support of BP’s clearly stated goals of:
  • No accidents
  • No harm to people
  • No damage to the environment
Our environmental discipline helps us ensure the safe, reliable and compliant operation of our sites by overseeing our controlled impact on the environment and our commitment to doing the right thing today and tomorrow, so that there’s no long-term damage to the planet or its people. By doing this to the standards we set ourselves we create: 
  • An enhanced reputation
  • A successful, sustainable business
  • More reliable operations
  • Higher levels of retention and motivation among our employees

Your role and responsibilities

If you join as one of our environmental specialists you’ll support operations, wells, exploration, project teams or government agencies by:
  • Liaising with regulators and supporting environmental reporting and regulatory compliance.
  • Assisting, updating and/or preparing environmental plans and procedures.
  • Developing and implementing environmental management programmes.
  • Monitoring and auditing environmental performance.
  • Advising on cultural heritage and reducing impact on local communities.
  • Using our own group standards to ensure best practice, manage environmental challenges and generate benefits for society.
  • Training the workforce on specific issues.
As your experience and capability develops, you will have the chance to support our businesses worldwide in measuring and managing their environmental impact. Alternatively, you could support the deployment of technology or pursue opportunities in a technical specialism such as atmospheric emissions, marine discharges, or remediation.

Geology

Overview

As supplies of oil and gas are depleted, Geoscientists play an essential role in ensuring we can meet the world’s increasing demand for energy. At BP, our Geoscientists use leading-edge technology to explore hydrocarbon resources and maximize their recovery from oil and gas reservoirs across the world. Now, we can find and produce oil and gas that was invisible to us only a few years ago.

Geoscience in BP integrates both geology and geophysics. Geology is concerned with the application of geological principles and techniques to the analysis of well, core, surface outcrop, and production data. Geophysics is concerned with the acquisition, processing, interpretation and analysis of seismic and other geophysical datasets (e.g. gravity-magnetic surveys) to create an image of the sub-surface. The combination of geology and geophysics - as geoscience - delivers a powerful description and evaluation of the sub-surface, increasing our ability to safely explore and recover hydrocarbon resources. Join us as a Geologist and you’ll find our commitment stretches beyond the success of our business to the development of our people and their successful careers.

Your role and responsibilities

New hire geologists join our team in one of two types of roles: integrated geoscience or applied geology.

As a geologist on an integrated geoscience path, you will:
  • Focus your skills on specific parts of the value chain (such as exploration or production), integrating geology and geophysics with other subsurface disciplines to help us drill wells, find, develop and produce hydrocarbons.
As an applied geologist, you will:
  • Apply more discipline-focused skills (for example in structural geology or sedimentology/stratigraphy) across the value chain. Depending on BP location, you may work in exploration, development, production or one of the technology teams.
Both integrated geoscientists and applied geologists help BP make critical business decisions on activities that might include new basin evaluation, planning the drilling of new wells, or building reservoir models to support field development decisions.

Our early development Challenge Programme will provide you with many opportunities and benefits, including a real job from day one and a development framework that promotes breadth and depth early in your career so that you build capability quickly to take on increasingly challenging roles. 

Geophysics

Overview

As supplies of oil and gas are depleted, geoscientists play an essential role in ensuring we can meet the world’s increasing demand for energy. At BP, our geoscientists use leading-edge technology to explore hydrocarbon resources and maximize their recovery from oil and gas reservoirs across the world. Now, we can find and produce oil and gas that was invisible to us only a few years ago.

Geoscience in BP integrates both geology and geophysics. Geology is concerned with the application of geological principles and techniques to the analysis of well, core, surface outcrop, and production data. Geophysics is concerned with the acquisition, processing, interpretation and analysis of seismic and other geophysical datasets (e.g. gravity-magnetic surveys) to create an image of the subsurface. The combination of geology and geophysics - as geoscience - delivers a powerful description and evaluation of the subsurface, increasing our ability to safely explore and recover hydrocarbon resources. Join us as a Geoscientist and you’ll find our commitment stretches beyond the success of our business to the development of our people and their successful careers.

Your role and responsibilities

New hire geophysicists join our team in one of two types of roles: integrated geoscience or applied geophysics. 

As a geophysicist in integrated geoscience, you will:
  • Focus your skills on specific parts of the value chain (such as exploration or production), integrating geology and geophysics with other subsurface disciplines to help us drill wells, find, develop and produce hydrocarbons.
As an applied geophysicist, you will:
  • Apply more discipline-focused skills (for example, in seismic processing or geophysical analysis) across the value chain. Depending on BP location, you may work in exploration, development, production or one of the technology teams.
Both integrated geoscientists and applied geophysicists help BP make critical business decisions on activities that might include new basin evaluation, planning the drilling of new wells, seismic survey design, or seismic processing.

Our early development Challenge Programme will provide you with many opportunities and benefits, including a real job from day one and a development framework that promotes breadth and depth early in your career so that you build capability quickly to take on increasingly challenging roles. 

Health and safety

Overview

Even though BP conducts its business in a complex and volatile world nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers and communities in which we operate.  Energy demand, increasing societal expectations and technical challenges require rigorous assessment and management of the potential risks and our health, safety and environment (HSE) goals are clearly stated as: 
  • No accidents
  • No harm to people
  • No damage to the environment
BP’s HSE discipline has been established to provide expertise, guidance and verification in support of achieving these goals and to drive safe, compliant and reliable operations across the company. 

Your role and responsibilities

Joining as part of our health and safety community you will develop your own skills while assuring that our facilities are designed and operated in a manner which protects personal safety, prevents major accidents and safeguards the integrity and security of our work sites.

So that HSE objectives are understood, integrated, and given equal weighting alongside other business drivers such as cost and schedule, these roles provide an opportunity to engage and communicate across all aspects and levels of the company.

When you first join, it’s likely that you’ll work in a team responsible for making sure risk is systematically and proactively managed by ensuring alignment and compliance with policy, standards, regulations and statutory requirements. As your experience and capability develops, you could:
  • Lead multi-discipline teams of BP and agency/contractor personnel.
  • Consider the bigger picture i.e. BP’s business objectives and role in the local community.
  • Set Health and safety standards, procedures and practices and embed these within project, drilling or operations teams.
  • Coach teams and individuals to assure that they have the tools, training and knowledge to work safely.  

Industial and occupational hygiene

Overview

The health, safety and environment (HSE) discipline has been established in support of BP’s clearly stated goals of:
  • No accidents
  • No harm to people
  • No damage to the environment
This means that we are committed to ensuring people work in safest way possible, and we need industrial hygienists, also known as occupational hygienists, to promote wellbeing and prevent illness. 

Potential health risks in our industry include chemical hazards like hydrocarbons, and fumes; physical hazards such as noise, vibration and ergonomics; and also biological and psychological hazards. Industrial hygienists focus on control of exposure to hazards in the workplace; identify, assess and control these risks; and work to prevent, minimize or eliminate them so that everyone can go home fit and healthy at the end of every day. 

Your role and responsibilities

Joining as an industrial hygienist you’ll gain:
  • Knowledge of our operations, our standards, our people and teams.
  • Experience in the processes and priorities related to industrial hygiene (IH) management.
Working closely with other HSE professionals and operations personnel, you’ll help develop programmes that manage health risks and comply with company and legal requirements.

We will provide training and development to maintain and advance your knowledge, skills, and aptitude so that you stay informed on new practices, processes, procedures and technology. 

On a day to day basis you will perform risk assessments which cover reasonably foreseeable situations of normal and abnormal operations, maintenance and emergency scenarios, and will then implement appropriate risk reduction measures to manage the identified health hazards. As your experience and capability develops and you become a professional, chartered industrial hygienist, you’ll be eligible for more senior roles and responsibilities such as IH advisor to one of our business regions or projects. 

Petrophysics

Overview

Without petrophysicists, we couldn’t get enough oil and gas out of the ground to help satisfy the world’s growing demand for energy. At BP, our petrophysicists define the volume and distribution of oil and gas and the flow characteristics of our reservoirs. 

They investigate the reservoir rocks and fluids — their porosity, permeability, fluid flow behaviour, the presence and saturation of oil and gas. This involves the integration of direct measurements of reservoir properties on core and fluid samples with sophisticated indirect measurements, the latter acquired with tools lowered into boreholes. These tools measure the nuclear, electrical and acoustic response of rocks and the integrated results are used to predict the volume of the hydrocarbons and methods of extraction.

Your role and responsibilities

As a petrophysicist joining our multi-disciplinary and multicultural subsurface team, you may work in exploration, field development or at a producing asset - all dynamic, collaborative environments. You’ll interact with geoscientists and reservoir, petroleum and drilling engineers, as well as commercial and other disciplines to turn your evaluations into action.

Depending on your BP location and role, you will gain broad capability across four areas, primarily through job experiences: 
  • Operations - for example, well planning, well completions or well operations.
  • Production - for example, cement log evaluation, flow profiling or reservoir monitoring.
  • Reservoir description - for example, core and fluid analysis or reservoir model building.
  • Seismic rock properties - for example, rock properties, attribute analysis or 4D seismic analysis.
Our early development Challenge Programme will provide you with many opportunities and benefits, including a real job from day one and a development framework that promotes breadth and depth early in your career so that you build capability quickly to take on increasingly challenging roles. 

After Challenge your career will deepen in one of these four areas. Our commitment to doing the right thing, today and tomorrow, means there are big challenges with big opportunities for you to build a unique career in petrophysics.

Reservoir engineering and petroleum engineering

Overview

From exploration to production, our petroleum and reservoir engineers play a crucial role in BP’s field operation success. As a petroleum or reservoir engineer, you’ll be essential to ensuring we extract hydrocarbons efficiently from our global discoveries. You’ll be a vital member of our team and support the entire lifecycle of an oil or gas field. This covers everything from evaluating prospects to determine potential productivity and profitability, to developing which areas to optimize hydrocarbon production in.

Your role and responsibilities

Petroleum engineers are a key link between planning and operations. You’ll be creating value through performance optimization and developing well intervention requirements to maintain or enhance the production of hydrocarbons throughout the life of the field.  Depending on your BP location and role, you will gain broad capability, primarily through job experiences, in:
  • Reservoir performance - for example, in production forecasting or water and gas injection.
  • System optimization - for example, in sand management or artificial lift.
  • Well management - for example, in well performance tracking or well operations.
As a reservoir engineer, you’ll focus on integrating geoscience, facilities and well engineering data to understand hydrocarbon reservoir performance and optimize the economic recovery of hydrocarbons. Depending on your BP location and role, you will gain broad capability, primarily through job experiences in:
  • Reservoir performance - for example, in well planning and delivery, or flood management.
  • Reservoir management - for example, in depletion strategy or reserves estimation.
  • Reservoir simulation - for example, in history matching or model building.
Our early development Challenge programme will provide you with many opportunities and benefits, including a real job from day one and a development framework that promotes breadth and depth early in your career so that you build capability quickly to take on increasingly challenging roles. 

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