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Imaging Geophysicist / Scientist - 2023 Graduate Programme

Crawley, UK
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

Job Details

Company Description

CGG ( is a global geoscience technology leader and industry pioneer with a history of over 90 years of pushing scientific boundaries. Employing over 3,700 people worldwide, we solve the complex natural resource, environmental and infrastructure challenges of our clients through a unique combination of data, scientific expertise and cutting-edge technology.

CGG is listed on the Euronext Paris SA (ISIN: 0013181864).

Job Description

This entry-level role is for physicists, mathematicians and geophysicists, looking for a career where they can continue to develop their scientific skills and knowledge.

We provide all training that is required so no prior knowledge of geophysics or geology is expected. New starters will also be buddied with recent graduates to help them settle into the role.

Employees will be based in Crawley, a town just south of London, with excellent transport links to central London, the South Coast, the wider UK, and international destinations via nearby Gatwick Airport.

Start date

There are two graduate intakes planned for 2023 with one in early spring and one in late summer/early autumn which can be discussed during the application process.

Do you want to use physics and mathematics to solve real world problems?

The world beneath our feet is incredibly complex and the source of the natural resources fundamental to the functioning of our society. We utilise the latest signal processing, modelling and imaging techniques and some of the most advanced compute facilities in the world to build high-resolution 3D images & models of subsurface structures and rock properties for our clients.

We operate a team-based structure with each team focusing on one or two client-facing projects with their unique geophysical and commercial challenges. We are looking for individuals who will enjoy using their problem solving skills to meet the challenges our clients have, as well as continuously seek to improve their own understanding and help develop our technology further.

No two projects are the same: from small proprietary projects for a single client focused on a specific subsurface target to huge multi-client projects covering tens of thousands of square kilometres and imaging deep into the Earth.

Data can be acquired at the ocean bottom, on land, down boreholes or at sea and involve novel instrumentation or acquisition arrays. The client objective might be exploring for natural resources, monitoring fluid flow through a producing oil & gas field or identifying future geological storage for carbon capture; and depending where the project is located the geology could throw up challenges for imaging as varied as iceberg scours, volcanic intrusions, gas clouds, prehistoric coral reefs and truly massive salt bodies.

What skills will you develop as a geophysicist?

You can expect to develop expertise in:

  • The fields of signal processing, modelling and imaging; and gain awareness of wider developments in the fields of geoscience and data science;
  • Building and maintaining long-term client relationships through service excellence;
  • Management of complex technical projects with multiple short- and long-term deadlines;
  • Effective communication and collaboration with team members and clients;
  • Cultural awareness through training and interaction with our globally diverse clients and teams;
  • Later in your career, leadership and management skills enabling you to contribute to the development of others; and opportunities to publish papers and present at industry conferences.


Integrated or postgraduate Masters or PhD in any of the following disciplines: Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics/Astronomy, Earth Sciences and Natural Sciences with a Physics specialisation.

What do we look for?

  • Logical approach to problem solving;
  • Technical knowledge in an area of applied mathematics or physics;
  • Enthusiastic attitude towards learning and passion for your subject;
  • The technical agility to adapt your existing knowledge to a new field;
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts;
  • Evidence of leadership, teamwork or customer service from involvement in university societies, extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience/internships.

Additional Information

Our Hub, webinar and people profiles on Gradcracker should give you an insight into the working environment at CGG, the projects we work on and some application tips!

Application process

The final deadline for applications is the 31st May 2023 but we would encourage you to apply whenever you feel ready. Please include a cover letter with your application. Note we do not accept re-applications.

Our aim is to inform every candidate of the result of their initial application within a week of applying and if successful invite them to the next stage which is a short one-way online video interview. Success at this stage is then followed by a final stage technical interview with some of our geophysical managers. Our application process from initial acknowledgement to offer usually takes from 6-8 weeks.


  • Salary starting from £33,000 p.a. and highly attractive bonus scheme;
  • Initial 22 days annual leave with future increases, complemented by a flexible buying and selling holiday program and movable bank holidays;
  • Hybrid model and flexible working: up to 2 days working from home based on individual preference;
  • Company contributory pension plan;
  • Company-organized rental housing (if desired) for the first six months with the option to extend to nine months subject to availability;
  • Flexible private medical & dental care tailored to suit individual or family needs;
  • Confidential employee assistance program to support our staff covering mental health, counselling, wellbeing, legal & financial issues.

Our culture

We recruit globally for our UK roles across a wide range of technical backgrounds and expertise. We believe that our diverse workforce contributes significantly to the success of our company, fostering technical excellence through collaboration and innovation. We value the unique perspective of individuals, promote curiosity and work hard to build strong, lasting relationships with our clients and partners. We have a flexible/adaptable and inclusive working environment supported by effective team cooperation and a trusting leadership, built upon a clear company structure and career pathway.

We care about our people

We recognise the importance of work life balance for our employees, for instance through our flexible working, employee assistance program and relaxed dress code policies.

We support the wellbeing of our staff through initiatives such as onsite lunchtime exercise classes and regular social events; our games area and restaurant; and a range of discount schemes, including gym membership and a cycle purchase scheme.

We encourage a strong sense of community, through volunteering particularly in STEM outreach and various company initiatives, as well as a strong company commitment to protecting our environment through sustainable solutions, energy saving and waste reduction enterprises.

We see things differently. Diversity fuels our innovation, we value the unique ways in which we differ, and we are committed to equal employment opportunities for all professionals.


CGG profile imageCGG is a global geoscience technology leader. Employing around 3700 people worldwide, our unique and innovative mix of people, data and technology enables our clients to solve the world’s most complex natural resource, environmental and infrastructure challenges.

Why work for us
We are the global leader in subsurface imaging, analysing a range of geophysical data to produce sophisticated, highly precise images and models of the subsurface. To do this involves processing immense data volumes through complex physical algorithms; and we operate some of the most powerful industrial high-performance computing in the world.

Training and development
The skills that you will develop as a geophysicist:

  • Technical expertise in the field of signal processing, modelling and imaging; and wider awareness of the field of geoscience and data science.
  • Building and maintaining long-term client relationships through service excellence.
  • Management of complex technical projects.
  • Cultural awareness through training and interaction with our globally diverse clients and teams.

Graduate schemes
We recruit throughout the year for physicists, mathematicians, geoscientists, remote sensing specialists and data engineers to analyse and interpret complex seismic, satellite, environmental and geological data; and in the process, develop pioneering new technologies and services.

What we are looking for
We are looking for individuals who enjoy problem solving, learning for its own sake and working with others; and who are ambitious for themselves and our technology.

Crawley, Edenbridge and Llandudno (UK); Massy, Pau (France); Oslo, Stavanger (Norway). Other major offices in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Brazil

Number of employees
3700 globally

Main areas of research
Geophysics, geology, remote sensing, environmental geoscience and data science

Positions recently recruited for
Graduate and research geophysicists, machine learning engineer interns, data engineers, InSAR scientists

Desired degree disciplines/class
Masters and above for graduate/entry-level roles or PhD for research and machine learning roles. Physicists tend to be most suited to our geophysicist roles

How to apply
Please visit

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)1293 683 000

Find Us
+44 (0)1293 683 000
Crompton Way
Manor Royal Estate
RH10 9QN
United Kingdom

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