Joseph Sutcliffe, MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics alumni

Joseph Sutcliffe

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? 

Since I finished my studies, I have worked in two positions within the Oil and Gas service industry. Firstly, I obtained a job as a processing geophysicist with TGS; this was a great experience to develop my understanding of quantitative geophysics, where I could also apply my geological background to help solve problems. After six months, I received a job offer from Schlumberger to work as an interpretive geophysicist/geoscientist, a role which I have now been in for one year.

Working for Schlumberger as a Geoscientist my primary responsibilities include structural and stratigraphic seismic interpretation, prospect development, geological modelling as well as providing support to the business in seismic processing. I have worked on various projects in addition to providing help to processing geophysicists.  


What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

The resources that were provided to me at Leeds have immensely helped me with my career. I was able to familiarise myself with industry-standard software that I am now using on a day to day basis in my career. Furthermore, the emphasis on team building and team project exercises in Leeds is an experience that I feel is vital in my career day to day. 


Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I chose to study Structural Geology with Geophysics because I saw that it was a course held in high regard amongst industry leaders, offering pathways into relevant careers afterwards.

The course provided a good curriculum in both Geology and Geophysics, bridging the gap between industry Interpreters and Processors, which is vital as depth processing becomes increasingly crucial in ever more challenging exploration environments. I chose the University of Leeds because it is an outstanding university with one of the best Earth and Environment department in the country. 


What was the best aspect of your course?

The best aspect of the course was the emphasis on team group work and collaboration; it is only apparent in hindsight how important this is in a modern working environment. 


What activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

I am into fitness so frequently visited the gym whilst I occasionally was involved in 5-aside football tournaments with friends.


What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?

My course is an excellent platform to build a successful career in the Oil and Gas industry, offering you a breadth of experience in relevant disciplines and therefore giving you the flexibility to pursue several different roles. Furthermore, the course is challenging and offers you experiences that can be applied in any technical industry role or even a career within research.