Senior Flow Assurance Scientist/Engineer (Organic) | Schlumberger

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Senior Flow Assurance Scientist/Engineer (Organic)

Houston - United States

The role is concerned primarily with the development and testing of oilfield flow assurance (organic) products (primarily wax and asphaltene treatments) although involvement in other production chemistry areas, may be required. The role also requires recommending chemical treatments and monitoring programs to global oil and gas customers.

Within the role it is expected that the candidate takes a senior role in the Flow Assurance team, managing, guiding and training chemists and technicians within the team.

The position is based in the Global Technical Services group and located in Houston.


  • Reports to the Organic Flow Assurance Manager
  • Manages a team of chemists and technicians.
  • Interacts with Clients, R&D Manager, Global Sales and Commercial Team, Technical Services Personnel, Operational Personnel, Supply Chain Personnel and QHSE Personnel

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Supervising a small team of chemists/engineers/technicians working on flow assurance (organic) projects for global projects
  • Laboratory testing of oilfield flow assurance (organic) products using industry standard test methods for upstream applications
  • Development and qualification of organic flow assurance products.
  • Development of new organic flow assurance test methods
  • Recommendations on correct test methodology and product solutions for projects.
  • Recommends chemical treatment programs (organic flow assurance) for global projects
  • Provides recommendations to global customers regarding monitoring strategies
  • Assists with authoring of oilfield production chemical tenders
  • Ensure technical integrity and quality of reports pertaining to Production Chemistry supplied by third parties on behalf of the company and/or its clients.
  • Supervising, mentoring and development of laboratory/project engineer.
  • Prepare patent drafts, and contribute to intellectual property development, technical appraisal, and patent searches and concept development
  • Participates in relevant customer and supplier meetings with or without team leader/manager
  • Performs standard assignments which can be non-routine involving research, testing, trouble shooting and problem solving
  • Should be as service minded as possible since the position includes assisting and advising customers and PC personnel in a helpful and professional manner.
  • Contribute to industry publications / conferences
  • Support of sales and other regional technical teams as required
  • Possibility of field visits to assist in client facing activities

Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant physical science discipline e.g. chemistry, physics, etc.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in oil field applied laboratory R&D/Technical Service work with primary focus on wax and asphaltenes
  • Proven track record of developing and testing preventative and remediation treatments for wax and asphaltene for oil field applications
  • Demonstrable knowledge of wax and asphaltene precipitation and deposition theory, and industry standard testing and monitoring techniques.
  • Demonstratable knowledge of wax and asphaltene inhibitor chemistry
  • Knowledge of other oilfield production chemistry areas would be advantageous but not essential
  • Proven good written and oral communication skills
  • Competent in providing technical presentations
  • Competencies to be kept current
    • Technical Understanding: understanding of own discipline, and understanding of its interaction with other disciplines
    • Solutions Experience: Develops new products and designs chemical treatment programs
    • Input to Business Strategy: Contributes to technical strategy and planning.
    • Mentor & Community Leadership: Contributes to Schlumberger Technical Community (Eureka) and supports the technical community.
    • Professional Visibility: Establishes visibility in with customers, industry and professional societies, and the wider SLB community
  • Behaviour
    • Good oral and written communication skills
    • Competent technical presentation skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team
    • Learns quickly and is able to apply knowledge gained.
    • Working in accordance with Schlumberger Procedures, QHSE, and risk assessments
  • Candidates must able to legally work and reside in the US without sponsorship. 

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Senior Flow Assurance Scientist/Engineer (Organic)
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