Title:  Drilling Fluids Senior Researcher

Job Req ID:  4002

Aramco energizes the world economy.

Aramco occupies a unique position in the global energy industry. We are the world's largest producer of hydrocarbons (oil and gas), with the lowest upstream carbon intensity of any major producer. 

With our significant investment in technology and infrastructure, we strive to maximize the value of the energy we produce for the world along with a commitment to enhance Aramco’s value to society.

Headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and with offices around the world, we combine market discipline with a generations’ spanning view of the future, born of our nine decades experience as responsible stewards of the Kingdom’s vast hydrocarbon resources. This responsibility has driven us to deliver significant societal and economic benefits to not just the Kingdom, but also to a vast number of communities, economies, and countries that rely on the vital and reliable energy that we supply.

We are one of the most profitable companies in the world, as well as amongst the top five global companies by market capitalization.


The candidate must demonstrate wide experience and knowledge in drilling fluids research for the company and take a leadership role in initiating and conducting research focused in the drilling & workover domain. The applicant is expected to provide top industry expert level technical advice and guidance in chiefly, but not limited to the development of new drilling fluids systems and components inclusive of lost circulation & drilling mud solutions and methods of application.  Additional expertise related to geomechanics, cementing, and advanced well completion are desirable but not essential. Keeps current on drilling fluids solutions, research, and operational procedures across the world and recommends adaptation and application of those that can be used advantageously in Saudi Aramco's area of operations. Conduct seminars, prepare manuals, and train and develop young engineers in the area of his/her expertise. Originate novel ideas to address stakeholder challenges leading to the development of intellectual property.  Propose improvements to current technologies in portfolio, conduct field trials, analyze results and recommend new or changed procedures and / or facilities required.  Conduct economic evaluation of new and existing products to understand cost basis and value creation for projects under his supervision.  The applicant is also expected to act as a task force leader to solve major problems in the area of his expertise. Represent Saudi Aramco in dealing with manufacturers, vendors, and outside consultants. Prepare technical papers for international professional societies and technical groups, and represent Saudi Aramco on industry committees or specialized groups as appropriate. Provide expert training and teach technical in-house courses and workshops/forums.
 The candidate should hold an advanced degree in Petroleum Engineering or related majors with more than 20 years in the oil industry, academia and/or related drilling engineering and rig operational activities. Outstanding technical ability and established successful track record in job performance as reflected by his prior job responsibility & achievements, industry recognition, intensive industry training programs, patents (granted or pending) and technical publications, is required. Demonstrated research capability and background on developing technology solutions to current and future drilling challenges, is necessary. Ability to communicate ideas, work with others, and utilize their expertise and technical knowledge to achieve results. Ability to mentor young researchers is required.


Key Responsibilities

Conduct and supervise day to day operations of R&D projects within Drilling Fluids domain
Communicate and document research project plan and results to stakeholders and management
Efficiently deploy developed technologies to expedite delivering new solutions to stakeholders
Publish research findings in high ranking publications including scientific journals
Generate and protect novel ideas through filing patents for purposes of 
Review and mentor less experienced researchers in domain to achieve research KPI’s (technology deployments, publications, patents)
Provide expert advice and assistance on operating problems relating to his area of expertise
Execute project management for development of new research projects within his area of expertise
Participate in project technical reviews and reviews proposals for new or changed operating procedures on his area of expertise to ensure efficient and economic field test operations.
Conduct economic studies on potential research proposals as appropriate to resolve alternative causes of action relative to his area of expertise
Act as Task Force Leader as assigned to solve special problems in his area of expertise
Originate ideas for improvements, develops a basis for required field testing and Management review, analyses results and recommends new or changed procedures and/or facilities.
Recommend, design and oversee suitable outside investigations to resolve problems which exceed current engineering knowledge in his specialty
Make presentations to Senior and Executive Management as appropriate
Train and develop Aramco researchers and technical personnel in his area of expertise
Participate in technical societies and technical groups in his area of expertise; represents Aramco on industry committees or specialized groups as appropriate.
Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Division Head to which he reports

Minimum Requirements

As a successful candidate, you 
Have BS in engineering, Chemistry or equivalent technical field. MS / PhD is desirable, but not required
Have an intensive industry training including appropriate specialized courses and seminars is expected.
Have at least 15 years of related intensive experience
Are active in related professional societies and will have achieved professional recognition through publications, committee activities, etc. 
Have received a higher level of industrial recognition, such as committee chairmanships, appointment as "distinguished lecturer", etc. Other: 
Demonstrate ability to communicate ideas clearly to work effectively with others, and to utilize technical knowledge to achieve practical results.
Are able to represent Aramco effectively in such contacts and command technical respect


Working environment

Our high-performing employees are drawn by the challenging and rewarding professional, technical and industrial opportunities we offer, and are remunerated accordingly.

At Aramco, our people work on truly world-scale projects, supported by investment in capital and technology that is second to none. And because, as a global energy company, we are faced with addressing some of the world’s biggest technical, logistical and environmental challenges, we invest heavily in talent development.

We have a proud history of educating and training our workforce over many decades. Employees at all levels are encouraged to improve their sector-specific knowledge and competencies through our workforce development programs – one of the largest in the world.


Country/Region:  SA