Research Geophysicist

Houston, TX/Remote
Added: February 15, 2024
Company Description

CGG ( is a global technology and HPC leader that provides data, products, services and solutions in Earth science, data science, sensing and monitoring. Our unique portfolio supports our clients in efficiently and responsibly solving complex digital, energy transition, natural resource, environmental, and infrastructure challenges for a more sustainable future.

Job Description

As part of CGG’s Subsurface Imaging team, your primary responsibility as Research Geophysicist will be to develop new, innovative solutions to problems plaguing the seismic industry. You will use knowledge of signal processing, wave propagation, and numerical optimization to develop and test high-end algorithms, sequences, or programs with predefined geophysical or engineering content. You will participate in the validation of your contributions with senior Research staff and Production staff by analyzing and evaluating processing and imaging results on synthetic and field data. You may work independently or as part of team, but always in close collaboration with Seismic Imagers, remaining in-tune with production demands and industry trends.

You will also work closely with Software Engineers on the development, deployment, and improvement of high-performance computing applications on GPU and CPU architectures based on new imaging techniques and technological advances. You may be asked to present your work and results to colleagues and clients, as well as externally at conferences and workshops, and to prepare technical articles for industry proceedings and journals.

Must have current U.S. work authorization.


Required Education & Experience:

  • Ph.D. or Master's in Geophysics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or other related technical discipline
  • Capable of abstracting geophysical concepts with mathematical languages
  • Excellent coding skills with one or more programming languages, such as C/C++, CUDA, FORTRAN, Python, OPENCL
  • Innovative mindset
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Highly motivated and eager to learn
  • Strong communication and organizational skills


  • Knowledge of geophysical concepts and seismic imaging/inversion
  • Experience with finite difference and wave propagation
  • Knowledge of high-performance computation (MPI, multi-threading, GPU, etc.)
  • Experience with cross-platform development
  • Experience with designing and implementing algorithms

Additional Information

Perks and Benefits:

  • Relocation bonus to help offset the cost of moving to Houston
  • $10,000 signing bonus to welcome you in!
  • Performance based monthly bonus averaging at 10-15% at entry level (contingent on financial & individual performance) - The only limit is your potential!
  • 3 weeks’ vacation to recharge, 3 personal days and 8 sick days for you to use when you need it the most
  • A hybrid and flexible work schedule
  • Excellent 401k match program (contribute up to 5% and we’ll match up to 7%!)
  • Medical, dental, vision, supplemental benefits available and so much more
  • CGG wants our employees to be the best versions of ourselves. We offer a Wellness Program as well as a state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • Tired of packing lunch? We got you covered with free lunches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays!

Why work at CGG?

  • Highly intelligent and motivated coworkers who are industry leaders in geoscience technology and subsurface imaging
  • Energetic and challenging-yet-fun work environment, full of imaging problems to be solved and technologies to be developed
  • Excellent training and mentorship programs

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.