Development Geologist in Houston, United States

at Occidental Petroleum
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted January 24, 2019
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and its OxyChem subsidiary is a major North American chemical manufacturer. We are one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization, with more than 40,000 employees and contractors worldwide. Our greatest asset has been and will continue to be our people.
We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to fill the position of Development Geologist with the Subsurface Characterization Team in the Permian Resources Texas Delaware Business Unit. This position is based in Houston and will report to the Subsurface Characterization Manager.

Essential Job Duties:
The open position is an opportunity to work in a cross-functional team environment with other Geoscientists and Engineers performing reservoir characterization, modeling and field development planning for unconventional projects. Primary duties involve performing detailed geologic studies in order to plan and execute field development plans.



Master’s degree in geology


Prefer at least 7 or more years of industry experience with an emphasis in reservoir characterization. Production and appraisal experience and general operational exposure is attractive. Past demonstration of great technical and financial project success, and unconventional development experience are both highly coveted.

Professional/Technical Knowledge:
Well-rounded, broad knowledge-base in: unconventional reservoir characterization and geology, field development planning, economic analysis, uncertainty/risk analysis, the ability to work with multi-disciplinary groups and leverage Oxy’s vast support groups. Experience with Petrel/Landmark 3D reservoir modeling software is required.

Cultural Traits & Key Competencies:

Cultural Traits
Collaborative (excellent communication skills along with the desire to reach out and engage other teams to achieve objectives, manages conflict as it arises, and leverages the network)
Creative (strive for significant and continuous improvement)
Results-Oriented (driven for value-adding results in self and in others)
Proactive (strong decision skills relying on experience balanced with data and interpretations)
Accountable (committed to short term and long term expectations)
Risk Taking (take appropriate risks in order to advance while also learning from failures)

Key Competencies
Working knowledge of unconventional reservoirs
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills. Effective collaborator with experience working in a cross-functional team environment
Ability to integrate and synthesize geology, geophysics, petrophysics, and engineering data into comprehensive interpretation
Ability to make technically and economically sound recommendations based on interpretations
Proficient in Landmark workstation tools and/or Petrel for mapping and cross section studies
Experience building large 3D reservoir models in Petrel/Landmark that integrate log and seismic data
Log interpretation skills with the ability to integrate hundreds of wells into a stratigraphic interpretation quickly and efficiently
Outcrop and core interpretation skills
Ability to calculate OOIP volumetrics at both field and section level
Time management skills to personally plan work and execute large studies – meeting goals within time constraints
Strong and effective communication skills (verbal, written, presentation)
Understands and has previous involvement in operations geology (horizontal well planning, geosteering, mudlog vendor screening)

Desired Competencies:
Working knowledge of Permian Basin geology
Involvement with summer intern/new hire mentorship

Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status

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