Upstream Research

Inventing, adapting and delivering technology solutions.

Your assignment

Upstream Research Company's people and technology provide the ExxonMobil Upstream with a material and sustainable competitive advantage.  As a researcher, you will invent, adapt, develop and deliver distinguishing technologies and solutions, supporting the entire Upstream life cycle — from Exploration to Development to Production.  URC's researchers play a key role in developing distinguishing advantageous technologies, assisting worldwide operating units in applying technologies and delivering technical training and information.

Your responsibility

“Technology is the very lifeblood of our success today, and it is the platform for our success tomorrow.” 
— Rex W Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Initial assignments as an Upstream Research Engineer involve experimental and analytical tasks in a variety of technologically challenging areas. 

Typical assignments for Upstream Research Engineers include:

  • Drilling assignments
  • Enhanced oil recovery assignments
  • Environmental assignments
  • Materials assignments
  • Offshore assignments
  • Production facilities assignments
  • Reservoir assignments
  • Reservoir characterization assignments
  • Subsurface, well productivity, and technical software assignments
Areas of research include rheology, hydraulics, thermodynamics, phase behavior, fluid dynamics, metocean, heat transfer, process design, reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, transport phenomena, flow-through porous media, numerical simulation, solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, finite-element analysis, fluid mechanics, ice mechanics, rock mechanics, casing and tubing design, tubular and connection evaluation, oilfield equipment design, soils/foundations, seismic hazards, structural analysis, reliability/risk analysis, structural dynamics, naval architecture, marine engineering, station-keeping, hydrodynamics, fatigue analysis, metallurgy, welding, fracture mechanics, corrosion and structure — property relationships, mathematics, optimization, software development, numerical methods, statistics/probability, geostatistics, marine environment, oil spill response, environmental engineering, environmental protection and others.

Your development

URC offers opportunities to develop technical and business skills in a challenging environment. You will be provided well-defined early career training and mentoring.  You will be working alongside technical experts as you handle assignments with increasing levels of responsibility and technical depth.

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