Petroleum Engineer, Biofouling Specialist

Houston & Dhahran
Job Terms:
$200K (flexible)
Start date:
April - June 2023

Job Description:

Biofouling Specialist


Relocation to Saudi Arabia would be necessary for this role.


Our international Oil & Gas sector client is seeking a Biofouling Specialist to join the Technical Services Division of the Research & Development Center (R&DC), which is responsible for providing advanced technical services with cost-effective microbial control solutions to field operations, developing and deploying new technologies and competencies to mitigate microbiology-related challenges.


This role’s primary responsibility is to perform advanced research in biofouling, fouling simulation and prediction, develop new technologies for biofilm detection and monitoring, and deploy anti-fouling technologies to control and mitigate biofouling in various oil industry systems.



  • Carry out short- and long-term original studies related to biofouling simulation, sensing, monitoring, control, and mitigation in various petroleum industry systems (injection water, produced water, utility water, heat exchanger, membrane, etc.).
  • Develop, evaluate, and introduce new technologies (e.g., anti-biofouling) and competencies to meet the customers’ operational challenges.
  • Practice conventional and molecular microbiology technologies to solve industrial microbiological problems in oilfield and industrial water systems.
  • Utilize project management tools in setting project objectives, detailing experimental scope, managing the requested fund, and timely executing the projects towards sound technical solutions.
  • Build effective teams to enhance the technical and professional skills of junior scientists and engineers.
  • Contribute in the Center’s intellectual capital by submitting journal publications, patents, and technical reports.



  • Master’s degree in microbiology, biology, bioscience disciplines, PhD preferred.
  • Ten years of experience related to microbiology applications to the petroleum industry, including five years in biofouling research and industrial experience.
  • Proven track record of research and technology development and deployment in the area of biofouling characterization, monitoring, prevention, mitigation, and prediction.
  • Knowledge in fouling simulation, sensing and anti-biofouling technologies.
  • Sound experience and hands-on skills in molecular and conventional microbiology including metagenomics, bioinformatics, biocide screening and evaluation.
  • Ability to demonstrate scientific/technical authority and broad technical credibility, preferably including publications and/or patents.

Client Description:

Aramco occupies a unique position in the global energy industry. We are the world's largest producer of hydrocarbons (oil and gas), with the lowest upstream carbon intensity of any major producer. 

With our significant investment in technology and infrastructure, we strive to maximize the value of the energy we produce for the world along with a commitment to enhance Aramco’s value to society.

Headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and with offices around the world, we combine market discipline with a generations’ spanning view of the future, born of our nine decades experience as responsible stewards of the Kingdom’s vast hydrocarbon resources. This responsibility has driven us to deliver significant societal and economic benefits to not just the Kingdom, but also to a vast number of communities, economies, and countries that rely on the vital and reliable energy that we supply.



We are one of the most profitable companies in the world, as well as amongst the top five global companies by market capitalization.