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

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP or Castrol. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

Overview

Chemistry is core to what we do at BP. 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.

At BP, chemists are involved in safely applying science, developing innovative technologies and working closely with our engineering and commercial operations. 

Your role and responsibilities

Our product chemists contribute to developing and understanding a variety of Castrol and BP-branded products which are marketed and distributed in over 100 countries. Our product development teams concentrate on improving fuel and lubricant performance for all kinds of engines and vehicles.

Geology

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

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

Our geologists on an integrated geoscience path, 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.

Our geologists on an applied geologist path, 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.

Geophysics

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

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

Our geophysicists in integrated geoscience, focus 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.
Our geophysicists, apply more discipline-focused skills (for example, in seismic processing or geophysical analysis) across the value chain. 

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.

Petrophysics

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

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

Our petrophysicist work in exploration, field development or at a producing asset - all dynamic, collaborative environments. 

Our petrophysicists work across four areas, 
  • 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.

Health and safety

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

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. 

Industial and occupational hygiene

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

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. 
 

Environmental science and engineering

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

Overview

The health, safety and environment (HSE) discipline has been established 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

Our environmental specialists 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.

Reservoir engineering and petroleum engineering

Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.

Overview

Your role and responsibilities

Petroleum engineers are a key link between planning and operations, creating value through performance optimization and developing well intervention requirements to maintain or enhance the production of hydrocarbons throughout the life of the field.  
Reservoir engineers focus on integrating geoscience, facilities and well engineering data to understand hydrocarbon reservoir performance and optimize the economic recovery of hydrocarbons. 
Join our team as an intern and you’ll get to grips with real projects from day one – learning all about the oil and gas industry and gaining an insight into life at BP. It’s a chance to discover and build your strengths. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about our graduate programme and decide if a future with BP is of interest to you.
From exploration to production, our petroleum and reservoir engineers play a crucial role in BP’s field operation success. Our petroleum or reservoir engineers, are essential to ensuring we extract hydrocarbons efficiently from our global discoveries 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.
Petroleum engineers are a key link between planning and operations, creating value through performance optimization and developing well intervention requirements to maintain or enhance the production of hydrocarbons throughout the life of the field.  
Reservoir engineers focus on integrating geoscience, facilities and well engineering data to understand hydrocarbon reservoir performance and optimize the economic recovery of hydrocarbons. 

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