Development Geophysicist - Anchorage

at ConocoPhillips
Location Anchorage, Alaska
Date Posted May 18, 2017
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10
Must Already Have Work Rights Yes


Our Company 
ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 17 countries, $90 billion of total assets, and approximately 13,300 employees as of Dec. 31, 2016. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,567 MBOED in 2016, and proved reserves were 6.4 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2016.
Employees across the globe focus on fulfilling our core SPIRIT Values of safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. And we apply the characteristics that define leadership excellence in how we engage each other, collaborate with our teams, and drive the business.  
Alaska Overview:
ConocoPhillips (COP) and its heritage companies have more than 50 years of business history in Alaska.  We are Alaska's largest oil and gas producer and one of the largest holders of federal and state leases in Alaska.
The Western North Slope (WNS) consists of the Alpine field, its associated satellites Nanuq, Fiord and Qannik and the Greater Moose’s Tooth Unit in NPR-A.  Alpine start-up occurred in 2000, with Nanuq, Fiord and Qannik all coming online in the 2006 to 2008 timeframe. In 2015, the fifth drillsite (CD5) came online and is currently being used to further develop the Alpine and Nanuq Kuparuk reservoirs.  Current field wide production is approximately 65,000 bopd.
The Alpine field and its satellites have been developed almost exclusively with horizontal wells.  The area is covered extensively by 3D seismic with the most recent 3D/4D survey having been acquired in 2010.   The Alpine field and satellites produce from five different Jurassic to Cretaceous age sandstone reservoirs with depositional settings ranging from shallow marine to deepwater turbidities.  The reservoirs are predominately stratigraphic traps at depths of 4000 to 8000 feet subsea.
WNS employs an active drilling and well intervention program to maximize production and expand development to new areas. Several satellite drillsites in the NPR-A are planned to occur in the next few years with these projects in various stages of planning and execution. The first of these drillsites, CD5, is currently on production with development drilling ongoing.  The second drillsite in the NPR-A, GMT1, is currently under construction with first oil planned in Q4 2018.  The third expansion, GMT2, went through AFF in Q4 2016 and AFE is expected in mid to late 2018 with first oil premised in late 2021.  In addition to these satellite developments a contract was executed in late 2016 to build an Extended Reach Drilling rig to access resources beyond the reach of the current rig.  The ERD rig is anticipated to arrive at WNS in 2020.
COPA is currently seeking a development Geophysicist who will work in a multi-discipline team responsible for delivering the geoscience characterization of the WNS area reservoirs and overburden, as well as supporting WNS’s well planning and drilling program.   This role will also participate on multi-discipline project teams responsible for a variety of activities and deliverables associated with the sanctioning, optimization and start-up of several new satellite development opportunities in the NPR-A.  This job offers unique opportunities for a development geophysicist with a wide-range of responsibilities ranging from working with existing and new 3D CSI seismic datasets, generation of peripheral development opportunities, and the planning and execution of new growth projects in NPR-A.
The successful candidate will be a member of the WNS Subsurface team and will report to the WNS Subsurface Supervisor.
Responsibilities may include:
  • Provides high quality geophysical products in support of development horizontal well planning, geomodel construction and horizontal drilling support.
  • Identifies and progresses new leads and development opportunities within and outboard of established field areas.
  • Participates in the ongoing Fiord West seismic reprocessing project and leads the post processing and interpretation effort in support of the ERD Fiord West Development.
  • Participates in the ongoing Rendezvous (GMT2) CSI survey processing QC and take a lead role in the post processing and interpretation effort in support of the GMT2 project.
  • Provides key maps/grids for subsurface geologic models to help design optimal development plan strategies and support reserves evaluations, production forecasting and long range planning efforts
  • Provides geophysical support for a variety of regulatory and stakeholder issues (Unit and participating area expansions/contractions, redeterminations, annual stakeholder meetings, etc.)


  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Bachelor’s degree in Geophysics
  • 7+ years of geoscience experience
  • 3+ years of 3D seismic interpretation experience
  • Masters or PhD degree in Geophysics
  • 10+ years of geoscience experience having worked both Exploration and Development
  • 5+ years of strong seismic mapping experience, ability to integrate seismic interpretations with geologic and engineering datasets, experience with reservoir characterization and constructing geomodel structural frameworks.
  • Strong fundamental geophysical skills (e.g. synthetic generation, well ties, velocity analyses, depth conversion, attribute modeling, fault seal analysis, etc.)
  • Well-developed geologic background
  • Experience with rock physics, forward seismic modeling, pre-stack seismic inversion and 4D seismic
  • Awareness of the tools and workflows for development geoscience and engineering including reservoir simulation and field performance.
  • Experience with drilling operations, especially horizontal wellbores.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills with ability to manage multiple ongoing activities
  • Strong interpersonal and organization skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to contribute in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by courageously dealing with important problems, holding others accountable, and standing up for what is right
  • Delivers results through realistic planning to accomplish goals
  • Listens actively and invites dialogue to gain a shared understanding, then influences and acts to drive performance and achieve business result
  • Builds strong relationships based on trust and seeks opportunities to collaborate across the matrix/organizational boundaries to achieve business goals
In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of May 30, 2017.
Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.
ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status. 

Job Function

: Geosciences

Job Level

: Individual Contributor/Staff Level

Primary Location




Line of Business: Exploration & Production

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