Geologist - Delaware Basin in Houston, United States

at ConocoPhillips
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted April 24, 2019
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


Geologist - Delaware Basin - 00SAB

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 16 countries, $70 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,800 employees as of Dec. 31, 2018. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,242 MBOED in 2018, and preliminary proved reserves were 5.3 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2018.

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.

Delaware Overview

The Delaware asset is looking for a geologist with a background in working development programs, supporting ongoing drilling operations and characterization of new-entry areas.

The Delaware Basin, divided by the TX-NM state line in the western half of the Permian Basin, is a premier oil play with roughly 6.4 million acres garnering over 25% of the total drilling activity in the Lower 48 and boasting some of the lowest unconventional breakeven costs. ConocoPhillips holds roughly 88,000 net acres within the Delaware including nearly 45,000 core net acres in the most prolific region of the basin by EUR. Development is currently focused in the China Draw and Zia Hills operating areas and ConocoPhillips is actively coring up a third operating area in Sand Dunes. The immediate areas of interest around ConocoPhillips’ position account for over 40% of total Delaware drilling activity. Over 3,000 horizontal wells have been drilled within these regions with over 50% targeting ConocoPhillips’ primary targets: Wolfcamp A, Wolfcamp C and Bone Springs 2nd Sands. Steadily increasing activity and improving well productivity have driven Delaware oil production over 1.25 MMBOPD. ConocoPhillips expects to grow rig count in Delaware beyond 2019 with significant production growth over time.


The Delaware Development team is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual for the position of Geologist. The successful candidate will support the Delaware development program and work closely with the Reservoir Characterization team on technical content.

Responsibilities may include:
Geotechnical aspects of well planning, contracting, drilling operations and post well evaluation for ConocoPhillips operated wells
Working with the team of geoscientists to
Understand key play and prospect risks and uncertainties
Define cost effective subsurface data gathering programs to de-risk plays and quantify hydrocarbon volumes
Geotechnical aspects of AFE and well justification processes, along with permitting and regulatory issues associated with drilling wells
Characterization of a third operating area in the Sand Dunes area of the Delaware Basin
Identifying geological drilling hazards and challenges and communicating with drilling team to design wells that mitigate the same
Contracting and supervising any drill site geoscience staff, petrophysical operations, potential coring operations and analysis, etc.
Conducting post well analysis and reporting same to management
Conducting and integrating subsurface geological assessments and communicating with reservoir engineers for evaluation of well results for planning and leading an appraisal program
Working with the team of geoscientists and engineers to provide subsurface assessments for potential farm-ins/outs and/or regional and basin scale evaluations
Preparing technical support for State of Texas / New Mexico and Federal BLM hearings and testifying as needed
Supporting Permian wide growth efforts and monetization work

Legally authorized to work in the United States
Master's degree in Geoscience
3+ years of experience in exploration and/or development positions
Prior horizontal drilling experience
Able to travel approximately 10% of the time

Multi-year experience with well operations
Ability to work effectively with geologists; geophysicists; drilling, completion, and reservoir engineers in a team environment
Knowledge of subsurface project management, project economics, and prospect portfolio management
Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills

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 8, 2019.

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
Line of Business: Exploration & Production
Job Posting:Apr 24, 2019, 11:41:33 AM

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