Our goal is that the NSTA continues to be a ‘Great Place to Work’. Offering a flexible 37-hour week working environment with hybrid model (40% office working) and up to 2 accruable flex days per month. Work life balance is very important to us with a workplace culture that fosters collaboration, respect, and professionalism. In addition, we offer a range of benefits including a competitive pension - employer contribution (28.97%).

Brief overview of role

As a Senior Geophysicist within the Pre-Licensing & Storage Team, the successful applicant will use their knowledge and broad skill-set to influence key decision points within the future decades of activity within the UKCS in a proactive and hands-on approach.  A foundation of broad geophysical and geoscientific experience gained from working within various roles with an Exploration & Production operating company is highly desirable. 

As a geophysicist, the successful applicant will have recent experience in the direct use of geophysical data (particularly seismic data, 2D/3D/4D seismic interpretation); good familiarity with the principles of geophysical acquisition & processing, and a track-record of prospect generation, regional mapping and experience of quantitative seismic interpretation techniques.  The successful applicant will also have had direct responsibility for managing, licensing and contracting data purchases, which may include new acquisitions or reprocessing projects.  Through an industry role as a technical reviewer, the applicant will further be able to critically review documentation provided by operators, and be able to effectively communicate written or verbal feedback.

With an eye on the emergence and evolution of geophysical technologies, the successful applicant will ideally have some technically sound understanding of existing and emerging monitoring technologies for energy resources and carbon storage. 

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Pre-Licensing & Storage team actively delivers a series of confidential and high impact studies internally and externally and the successful candidate will be involved in providing geophysical and geological support to these. Other day to day responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking regional subsurface analysis for incorporating into planning future energy and resource-storage licensing rounds.
  • Collaboration with industry and academia on the application of new and advanced geophysical technologies to promote exploration, production and carbon storage activities; staying abreast of new geophysical technologies and promoting best practice to operators.
  • Technical assurance of operators’ E&A portfolios, consistent with NSTA’s priorities, with a particular focus on geophysical data application and workflows.
  • Support with the technical evaluation of petroleum and carbon storage licence applications, including recommendations for award.
  • Close collaboration with the supply chain (e.g. multiclient seismic contractors) to find new solutions to accelerate activity and improve/expand data acquisition programmes, including new technology applications and deployment.
  • Provide advice and input to cross-industry programmes and initiatives, such as the Subsurface Task Force, and others.
  • Representing the NSTA and the wider UK industry at national and international events and conferences.

Person specification

Competence 1:          Developing Knowledge & Capability

Senior members of the Pre-Licensing & Storage team drive the development of in-house, evidence-based knowledge through technical analysis, managing external expertise and sharing insights in a variety of internal and external settings.                      

Competence 2:          Delivery

The Pre- Licensing & Storage team delivers results to multiple stakeholders and senior team members are expected to be adept at identifying and managing priorities, often incorporating short timelines. Understanding team objectives, working to agreed goals and planning the appropriate delivery is critical to the success of the team..

Competence 3:          Collaborating, Influencing & Including

Senior members of the Pre- Licensing & Storage team should strive to become part of the team, supporting colleagues through respectful challenge, guidance and open communication.  Bringing your full self to work is welcomed, including finding creative ways to accomplish tasks as an individual and in support of the team.         

Competence 4:          Planning, Performing & Achieving

In the Pre- Licensing & Storage team, members in senior roles will be expected to contribute ideas to support the prioritisation of technical activities. An aptitude for working on numerous projects simultaneously ensuring that team objectives are achieved within agreed timeframes.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language


  • An enthusiastic and positive attitude, and a desire to work collaboratively to deliver high quality results in a timely manner.
  • Minimum of a first degree, or equivalent, in Geology/ Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics or another relevant Science/Engineering discipline.
  • Extensive and recent professional experience with an oil and gas and/or carbon store operator.
  • A strong, demonstrated technical background in fundamental geoscience workflows such as seismic interpretation, working in time and depth domains, velocity modelling, and seismic to well tie fundamentals.
  • Demonstrable high level of competence in organising and evaluating geotechnical information to support evidenced-based policy decisions.
  • Experience of project management and coordination of internal and external studies.
  • Geotechnical, analytical and IT expertise (industry standard software for seismic interpretation, risking and spatial analysis).
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills plus an ability to work within a multi-disciplinary environment.


  • Knowledge of requirements for and application of monitoring techniques to subsurface storage and petroleum and understanding of the fit into the legislative framework.
  • Knowledgeable in the theory, applications and pitfalls of rock physics, AVO/AVA and elastic properties techniques.
  • Experience of planning marine surveys in scenarios involving simultaneous operations with other marine users.
  • Skillset within petrophysics, geomechanics and/or pore-pressure/fracture-gradient techniques.
  • Knowledge of a variety of UKCS play types, such as high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT), tight reservoir characterization (oil and gas), heavy oil, fractured basement plays and other challenging exploration targets. 
  • Commitment to good data management practices. 

Job Details

  • Salary £80,820
  • Appointment Type Permanent
  • Appointment Term Full time
  • Vacancy Reference Number NSTA 419
  • No. of posts 1
  • Grade SEO
  • Location Aberdeen
  • Travel to other location within the UK? Occasional
  • Level of Security Clearance Basic
  • Medical Required? No
  • Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

  • Closing date for applications 19 June 2024
  • Anticipated shortlisting date TBD
  • Anticipated interview date TBD

Personal information

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at Recruitment@nstauthority.co.uk quoting the recruitment reference number and job title

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 2,000 characters. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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