The Shell Graduate Programme

As a technical graduate within the Petrophysics discipline of the Shell Graduate Programme you will be part of our world-class technical team and reap the benefits of two to three years of structured learning. You will be involved in evaluating the nature and distribution of rock properties and formation fluids over the life cycle of reservoirs. You will be offered real responsibilities and challenges, and be given exposure to some of the critical issues facing the energy industry. You will be able to satisfy your curiosity and contribute solutions to those issues. Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to draw on the experience of senior Petrophysics experts while working on some of Shell’s most frontier technical projects.


Being a part of Shell’s global Petrophysics team gives you an opportunity to be directly involved in searching for and recovering new oil and gas reserves, and as a result have an impact on the future of the world’s energy supply. As an industry leader in the development and deployment of Petrophysics concepts, workflows and applications, a career in Petrophysics at Shell offers working with pioneering technologies which provides ample room for innovation. Your role makes a significant impact on our Upstream business, working alongside global experts from a range of disciplines, including Geology, Geophysics, Reservoir Engineering and Well Engineering. Apart from working with the best talent in the industry, you will have a direct influence on Field Development Planning studies, Well-Reservoir-Facilities Management, and Economics of the project.

Problem solvers and creative individuals will find a stimulating and rewarding working environment, where our teams work with state-of-the-art technologies. You will have the opportunity to develop yourself in line with your own ambitions, while simultaneously fulfilling ours by helping us remain one of the leading energy companies in the world. You will get the opportunity to take ownership of your own professional success and personal development. Our experts have designed the Shell Graduate program for Petrophysics to help propel your career at the forefront of the energy industry. Being part of an organisation that promotes a culture of teamwork, integration and inclusivity, you will soon discover that it is the diversity and creativity of our teams that makes us a world leader.

Roles and responsibilities

As part of the Petrophysics discipline, you will be working the industry’s ground breaking technologies and will be responsible for:

  • Designing, supervising and evaluating data acquisition programmes
  • Managing and interpreting petrophysical data
  • Quantifying and characterizing reservoir properties, including uncertainties
  • Ensuring optimal design and suitable technologies are selected for data acquisition
  • Working in multidisciplinary integrated teams to build subsurface static and dynamic models

You can expect to impact areas of the business involving:

  • Field development planning of green and brown fields
  • Well, Reservoir and Facility Management (WRFM) operations
  • Well delivery and production optimization
  • Stakeholder management with service providers, vendors, partners and third parties

Training and development opportunities

You will benefit from regular in-depth progress checks to make sure your career trajectory is on track, as well as the chance to develop the soft skills required to become a standout Shell professional. Shell has a supportive working environment where you will get the formal training, coaching and mentoring you need to polish your already extensive scientific knowledge and technical capabilities.

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