Geophysicist | Perth | BHP Nickel West

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

12 July 2019

Date closing

26 July 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About Nickel West

Nickel West is a fully integrated mine-to-market business. Our culture is rich with technical know-how, highly efficient and focused on innovation. The business employs over 2500 people from five operations across Western Australia comprising of nickel underground and open-cut mines, concentrators, a smelter and a refinery. We also have plans to expand our operations with new mines in the northern Goldfields and a large nickel sulphate plant in Kwinana.
A member of the BHP Group, Nickel West is undergoing an exciting business transformation to become a globally significant supplier of battery materials to the electric vehicle market. Nickel West will soon become the world’s largest producer of Nickel Sulphate, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. As the world’s largest producer of nickel briquettes and nickel powder, Nickel West is leading the new-energy revolution in Western Australia.
Nickel West has an exciting future ahead. We invite you to join us at Nickel West as we seek to energize our future.

About the role

Geophysicist Nickel West | Perth
  • Competitive salary on offer plus 12% superannuation and a range of company benefits
  • Nickel West is positioned well to energise our future
  • Nickel West value and respect employees, offering an inclusive and diverse environment
  • BHP Nickel West actively supports a diverse workforce and encourages Female and Indigenous applicants to apply

The role is part of the Exploration team, working with Resource development and mining operation Geology to provide a step change in resource knowledge and target generation obtained from largely from Electromagnetic (EM) methods in conjunction with Seismic, Gravimetric and Magnetic data, developing and implementing interpretation workflows, processing standards and driving technological innovation in these areas.

More specifically, the role will be to:
  • Develop and lead QI geophysics, and more broadly advanced EM interpretation and processing disciplines, for BHP Nickel West
  • Champion and manage continuous improvement and best practice in the discipline, through internal collaboration with our parts of BHP as well as external engagement with discipline leaders
  • Lead geophysical data acquisition and campaigns across Nickel west tenements
  • Upskill staff on understanding applications and limitations of advanced techniques. This will involve training, development of best practice workflows, high quality reporting and communication of deliverables
  • Proactively engage with stakeholders to maintain alignment with key business objectives and priorities, and to ensure value impact of specialist geophysics is maximise
  • Collaborate with other SMEs (e.g. mineral system and structural geologists, resource engineers) to deliver integrated project outcomes that seemlessly feed into and add value to the mine planning process
  • Develop and maintain research and technology roadmaps, to identify projects and initiatives that will deliver maximum impact to BHP Nickel West operations and software solutions that will improve the use of QI and other advanced interpretation techniques
  • Provide advice on advanced interpretation and processing as required to other parts of BHP

About You

  • A Bachelor (B. Sc. App. or equivalent) in geophysics or higher degree is required
  • Hands-on, specialist experience in a multi-disciplinary environment and at scales ranging from regional basin framework studies to detailed deposit scale
  • Demonstrated technical leadership and experience
  • A motivated and energetic person with the ability to effectively communicate and influence through their technical expertise
  • Visible safety leadership
  • Extensive experience in advanced processing and interpretation of airborne and ground EM data, including high level of mastery of a range of advanced applications such as and 3D modeling of DH EM Plates interpretation
  • Frequent interaction with stakeholders within Nickel Geoscience and Sites, requiring the ability to engage with wide range of people
  • Excellent communication skills to develop and embed best practice workflows and promote knowledge sharing
  • Proficiency in use of industry common geophysical software packages to develop geological models

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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