Subsurface

We use leading technologies to deliver solutions across the upstream environment

In subsurface, we work with experts. Those who can work in our safety-first environment. People who combine technical skills, a passion for teamwork and the determination to build a flexible, life-long career. In return, we offer structured training and development as well as opportunities to progress, work globally and use our industry-leading technologies.

Our Upstream segment is responsible for our activities in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, and midstream transportation, storage and processing. 

In everything we do, safety and reliability are absolute priorities. And that means taking on outstanding scientists and engineers and giving them access to the best technology.

Our geoscientists, petrophysicists and subsurface engineers work as part of a collaborative team on offshore, deepwater and onshore oil and gas projects in over 25 countries. 

From the first stages of exploration through to development and recovery, they make it possible for us to push back the frontiers of geography and discovery to safely find and develop more resources.

Help us get the most out of our assets and we’ll help you get the most out of your career

Geoscientists

Our teams in exploration strive to safely and reliably find the hydrocarbons critical for the renewal of the company, and in developments, our goal is to make the right investment choices and execute to the best of our ability. To maximise our assets and get the most out of every well, people in production face some of the toughest technical challenges in the industry.

As a geoscientist in BP, you could work across a range of exciting geographies, geological basins and development environments, including offshore, deepwater and onshore settings, covering conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources.

Geologists

You may find yourself working in exploration, involved in our new ventures and taking responsibility for evaluating the hydrocarbon potential of unexplored basins or developing a prospect inventory that supports our wildcat exploration wells. Or you may work in developments, where the challenge lies in understanding exactly how much resource has been discovered and how best to produce those valuable hydrocarbons. While in production, you could be technically challenged ensuring the maximum recovery from established assets using the latest in modelling techniques and sophisticated wells technology.

In addition to the core areas of exploration, development and production geology, we have roles in more specialized areas such as operations geology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, petroleum systems and biostratigraphy.

Geophysicists

As a geophysicist you’ll work on a diverse range of geographies, geological basins and development environments, including offshore, deepwater and onshore settings, covering both oil and gas resources. Our projects lead the industry and so do our technologies. As a leader in applied seismic technologies, we provide opportunities to work with our latest seismic techniques, covering land, marine, ocean bottom acquisition, processing and interpretation.

You may find yourself in exploration looking for hydrocarbon accumulations. You could make your mark in appraisal and developments, optimizing the investment in discovered fields. You could also be maximizing recovery from existing reservoirs in our production subsurface teams or have opportunities to develop and apply our latest technologies. In particular, we value professionals with skills in integrated geoscience covering interpretation workstation skills, well planning, optimization and opportunity generation, and experience with advanced visualization and analysis applications. We also need applied geophysics expertise in geophysical operations, survey, seismic processing and geophysical analysis.

Petrophysicists

Stimulating development environments and industry-leading tools continually give our petrophysicists fresh perspectives

Join BP as a petrophysicist, and you’ll have the opportunity to work across a range of exciting geographies, geological basins and development environments including offshore, deepwater and onshore settings, covering both oil and gas resources.

Petrophysicists in BP use industry-leading data, tools and methodologies to make interpretations based on rock type/pore system fundamentals. Usually integrated in asset teams, you’ll be a key technical contributor to BP's business, integrating core, log and production data to support reservoir and overburden description/prediction, completion design and production surveillance in line with our overriding commitment to safety and reliability.

There are also opportunities to fill specialist roles in a particular branch of petrophysics; for example, core analysis, cement evaluation, shale gas petrophysics or a specific log measurement type. You’ll also be part of our technical networks and there are opportunities to get involved in petrophysical research and development; for example, pore system modelling and helping to develop and test new/improved log and core measurements.

We value petrophysicists who combine technical skills, a passion for teamwork and the determination to build a life-long career.

Subsurface engineers

Help us safely develop energy resources for the future and we’ll help you develop a life-long career

BP’s Upstream segment is responsible for our activities in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, and midstream transportation, storage and processing. Safety and reliability are our top priorities and we use the latest innovative technologies. That’s why we look for outstanding scientists and engineers to join our team.

Our geoscientists, petrophysicists and subsurface engineers work collaboratively on offshore, deepwater and onshore oil and gas projects in over 25 countries. From the first stages of exploration through to development and recovery, they make it possible for us to push back the frontiers of geography and discovery to safely find and develop more resources.

To support their efforts, we provide training and development that is as wide ranging as the challenges we offer.

We value highly talented people who combine deep technical skills, a passion for teamwork and the determination to build a life-long career.

Reservoir engineers

You’ll work on a range of new developments and producing fields encompassing different geographies and environments. These include some of the world's largest onshore waterfloods, massive offshore and deepwater projects, high deliverability major gas developments, an enormous unconventional gas portfolio and advanced recovery technologies. We operate more enhanced oil recovery projects in conventional oil and strive to lead the industry in two forms of waterflood EOR (enhanced oil recovery).

You’ll be responsible for safely maximizing the value of our hydrocarbon discoveries over the life of a field through a variety of roles, including appraisal, development planning, simulation, reservoir management, reservoir performance analysis and the management of risk and uncertainty. This involves significant integration across subsurface and with other disciplines and provides opportunities for both specialists (e.g. high-end simulation, complex fluids, special core analysis and unconventional reservoirs) and generalists.

Petroleum engineers

Petroleum engineers are responsible for optimizing production in our fields, maximizing the value of our wells and progressing wellwork activity. We offer many opportunities to use the latest technologies for real-time data acquisition and management. You’ll be involved in reservoir monitoring, well management and system optimization activities that impact safety, reliable production delivery and efficient facilities performance applications.

Diversity and inclusion

We work as one team, bringing together people from a range of backgrounds whose different perspectives enrich our business. That’s why we value diversity and inclusion. Everyone at BP is treated fairly, with respect, and is encouraged to voice their opinion. 

Each member of the team knows what is expected of them and is given every opportunity to realize their potential in a pleasant, supportive and collaborative environment.

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