Geologist - West Africa in Uxbridge, Canada

at Nexen Energy
Location Uxbridge, Canada
Date Posted April 16, 2018
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


The Company:
Nexen is responsibly developing resources in some of the world’s most significant basins including the UK North Sea, western Canada, the United States and offshore West Africa. As wholly-owned subsidiaries of CNOOC Limited, the Nexen group of companies operates under clear value-based principles of excellence, personal accountability, integrity and social and environmental responsibility. It’s about getting the job done, the right way. Nexen is totally committed to fairness and best practice in their recruitment process, they assess applicants on their ability to fulfil the role. Nexen are not just talking about inclusion and equality they are activating the diversity process for more information visit their website
The Role:
Title:Senior Exploration Geologist
Based:Uxbridge London UK
Business Unit:Exploration
Reporting to:Senior Exploration Manager

Role Specifics:
•Safety and Environment - Role models compliance with HSE policy. Ensures that all activities are planned and conducted in compliance with HSE policy.

Leadership – Communicates effectively and consistently. Role models Nexen’s values. Readily accepts accountability and insists on it from others.
Technical Responsibilities:
Working closely with a geophysicist, the geologist builds a lead inventory and then matures the highest ranked opportunities.
Provides a Tectono-stratigraphic evaluation at a prospect and basin scale. In particular to understand the structural controls on reservoir and source rock deposition.
Assesses prospect merits by estimating probabilistic hydrocarbon resource and evaluating risk of source, charge, reservoir, trap, seal, and hydrocarbon preservation, within the context of Nexen’s Exploration and Appraisal Process Guidelines.
Provides regional context for prospects by monitoring industry activity and performing analogue studies
Carefully analyses and ties geological data and interpretations into existing well control and 2D and 3D seismic
Contributes geological understanding of gross depositional systems and reservoir quality into the regional and prospect specific 2D and 3D seismic interpretation.
Models wells and analyses seismic attributes to address reservoir and charge risks
Supports New Ventures activities through bid rounds, data room visits and meetings with national and international oil companies
Presents prospects to Nexen’s Peer Review Team, Management and Partners with clear recommendations to acquire, drop, farm out, or test the prospect. These presentations often require International travel at short notice.
Recommends acquisition and/or purchase of both geological and geophysical data, for regional assessment and prospect maturation
Working closely with the geophysicist , reservoir and drilling engineers, recommend a final drilling location, generate a well prognosis, participate in the drilling risk assessment, and recommend a well data acquisition program
Participation in multi-disciplinary team managing exploratory well drilling operations for the recommended prospect and evaluation of results, which may require being on call for critical periods in the well.
In addition to technical tasks for several prospects as outlined above, the geologist may be assigned administrative functions for one or more of Nexen’s licences. This role will include partner, government and contractor communication, participation in annual budget planning and approvals, management of Technical Committee Meetings and participation in overall project planning.
Participation in Peer Reviews as required for prospects in other Nexen Divisions.
Provide mentorship to more junior geologists.

Collaboration – Collaborates effectively with other teams, and actively encourages individuals to build networks, share knowledge and participate in joint problem solving activities.

Continuous Improvement and Innovation – Manages work in line with Nexen project disciplines and takes every opportunity to consider alternative solutions in the light of lessons learned. Enforces the effective use of knowledge databases.
Capability Development – Coaches team members to develop personal capabilities and enhance the technical capability of the team. Supports the personal development of the individuals and demonstrates and personal commitment to lifelong learning.
People Processes – Delivers people processes in a commercial and positive way that demonstrates a commitment to the spirit of such processes. Encourages individuals to engage fully with related activities and delivers outputs in a timely fashion.
The Candidate:
Qualifications: M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Petroleum Geology or a related discipline.


Significant experience of working as a geologist in the oil and gas industry, including generation, maturation, recommendation and drilling of exploration prospects.Experience in a variety of structural and stratigraphic play types, including carbonates is particularly helpful.A generalist, with skills in integrating diverse geological and geophysical data (e.g., well, structural, geochemical, biostratigraphic, seismic, etc).
The capability to create basin-scale and prospect-scale assessments, and to make technically and economically valid recommendations.Ability to deliver evaluations and recommendations under time constraints, from scoping (hours/days) to detailed analyses (weeks/months).A highly effective communicator in English. A second language, especially French, would be an asset.

Highly motivated, proactive and able to work independentlyFosters teamwork and collaborationBuilds partnershipsAttention to technical detailEffective planning of work and priorities in order to meet deadlinesLeverages diversity and inclusionNurtures and coaches, develops others, acts as a role modelGood organization and project management skillsGood communication skills
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