Development Geoscience Advisor - Interpreter

at Ecopetrol America Incorporated
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted December 6, 2016
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Contract
Min. Years Experience Required 15


Location: US, 77056

Ecopetrol America Inc. (EAI) is a subsidiary of Ecopetrol S.A., the national oil company of the Republic of Colombia, incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware since October 9, 2007.

Ecopetrol America is responsible for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in North America contributing to the corporate goals set by the Ecopetrol Business Group in its 2020 Strategic Plan. EAI is also consolidating the procurement of goods and services for the Ecopetrol Business Group in the United States.

By 2020, Ecopetrol America will become one of the top companies (based on reserves) operating in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico and will be recognized as a competitive, socially and environmentally responsible company with world-class employees.

Our offices are centrally located in Houston, Texas, on the 51st floor of The Williams Tower, an iconic landmark in the Galleria area. In a modern working environment, EAI houses a diverse team of enthusiastic professionals of various nationalities and disciplines, committed to accomplishing the company’s goals.


Job Summary

The Development Geoscience Advisor/Interpreter is an experienced geoscience professional providing specialist expertise in detailed geophysical interpretation. This position requires a thorough understanding of deepwater depositional systems and structural elements including salt tectonics, and experience with subsalt seismic interpretation. This individual must have proven ability to integrate well and seismic data within a complex geologic framework, and a thorough understanding of seismic processing/imaging technologies, velocity analysis, depth conversion, and QI techniques. He or she must be capable of quickly learning and utilizing software tools and techniques, working effectively in multi-discipline teams, handling complex assignments, and generating high-quality results with minimal direct supervision.


Description of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Produce integrated reservoir evaluations from the interpretation of geologic, geophysical, and petrophysical datasets for use in model building and dynamic simulation as well as conventional maps for reserves and resource progression.
  • Interface with Exploration geophysicists, Development geologists, and reservoir engineers.
  • Provide expertise in the generation of appropriate interpretations of seismic datasets, logs, core, and fluid properties.
  • Participate in peer-based risk and resource estimation processes.
  • Recommend, propose and incorporate best practices in planning and executing development geoscience activities.



Education/Experience :

Minimum requirement: Masters Degree in Geology or Geophysics from a U.S., Canadian, U.K., or internationally-recognized university; Master’s or Ph.D. preferred.


Non-Technical and Organization skills Required

  • Teamwork – experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Good communicator both written and verbal
  • Leadership
  • Results and client oriented
  • Ability to organize and coordinate
  • Problem solving skills
  • Continuous and effective communication
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Ability to develop strategies in line with the company’s business objectives.


Language Ability :

Native English required, bilingual English-Spanish a plus


Computer Skills :

MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Petrel


Overall Experience Requirement :

  • Greater than 15 years career experience in geoscience,
  • Greater than 10 years direct experience with development seismic interpretation
  • Greater than 10 years of Deepwater experience, at least 5 years Gulf of Mexico
  • Must be legally allowed to work in the U.S.; either U.S. citizen or permanent resident (possess Green Card).



  • Commitment to Life - Acting to ensure a healthy, safe, and clean environment in daily activities, putting the integrity of the people, the environment, and the community as a priority value. It involves identifying and assessing risks in advance and implementing actions necessary to eliminate, control, or reduce them.
  • Passion for Excellence - Working through processes, with operational discipline, giving the best of oneself to achieve outstanding results, continuously improving and innovating.
  • Team Spirit - Working with others towards achieving the goals of Ecopetrol America. Keeping the commitments agreed upon, actively participating, and proactively sharing knowledge and information to learn and grow as a team; shaping and promoting synergistic work between the different areas as part of the culture of Ecopetrol America.
  • Business Ethics - Creates a culture that fosters high standards of integrity and honesty; holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities.
  • Communications - Exhibits good listening and comprehension. Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form. Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally. Keeps others adequately informed. Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Team Work - Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.
  • Technical Skills - Understands specialty equipment, keeps knowledge up-to-date, is a technical resource for others, follows technology practices and standards.
  • Job Knowledge - Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge, has necessary technical skills, understands company mission/values, keeps job knowledge current, is in command of critical issues.


Ecopetrol America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, physical disability, mental disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. In addition, Ecopetrol America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which it has facilities. This Equal Opportunity Employer policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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