Geologist/Senior Geologist Reservoir Geology And Petrophysics - Austin, Texas

at Statoil
Location Austin, Texas
Date Posted February 28, 2017
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 3


Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 36 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. We are headquartered in Norway with 21,000 employees worldwide, and are listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges. In just a few years Statoil has positioned itself as one of the largest lease holders in deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Our GoM portfolio is managed out of our Houston office. The Statoil Houston office, which was established in 2002, also manages our Marcellus, Eagle Ford and Bakken shale gas portfolios. To date Statoil has invested more than USD $11 billion in US upstream activities, and currently produces more than 150,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day. We have US offices located in Anchorage, Austin, Houston, Stamford and Washington D.C. USA, and are looking for talented people to contribute to our growing activity base.

Development and Production USA (DPUSA) is responsible for Statoil’s portfolio of producing assets and planned field developments across the US. Technological innovation, rigorous safety standards, and environmental awareness drive our operations in the US and have helped Statoil to build a  portfolio of onshore, offshore and exploration assets in some of the industry’s most exciting energy resource areas. Statoil’s US headquarters are located in Houston, TX.  We also have offices in Austin, TX, Stamford, CT and Washington D.C, as well as in Mexico City. We are looking for talented people with a desire to find solutions and opportunities in even the most challenging situations to contribute to our organization.


The US Onshore Geology, Geophysics, and Petrophysics team (GGP) is seeking an experienced reservoir geologist to work in a multidisciplinary, multifunction organization.  GGP delivers business-driven subsurface interpretations for Statoil’s US onshore assets -- including the Williston Basin (Bakken and Three Forks), South Texas (Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk), and Appalachian Basin (Marcellus and Utica).

Together with our reservoir-engineer colleagues, GGP is at the core of Statoil’s onshore business and presents an exciting environment for career growth and an opportunity to shape the future of Statoil’s US onshore oil and gas portfolio.  The incoming geologist would deliver evaluations and recommendations across a broad range of petroleum-geology technical areas.

Petroleum Geologist with 3 to 10 years of experience.

Integrate sedimentology, structural geology, geochem, and seismic, based on an understanding of basin-scale depositional systems, deformation history, and structural style.


Work with geophysicists, petrophysicists, engineers and other geologists to analyze well data and interpret reservoir geology of low-permeability, unconventional petroleum reservoirs.

Deliver reservoir-property maps and interpreted cross sections at various scales to drive the onshore business – including high-grading acreage for drilling, calculating volumetrics, and analyzing well performance.

Support regional geologists, geophysicists, and reservoir engineers in preparing field development plans and reserve determinations including assessments of in-place vs recoverable reserves.

Integrate inputs from Land, Regulatory, Reservoir, Production, and Midstream in order to deliver well plans and contribute to the annual field development plan.

Engage with reservoir, production, and drilling engineers to perform well planning, determine well spacing, and select optimal horizontal targets.

Collaborate with asset and research geoscientists to provide detailed reservoir characterization that can contribute to well-performance enhancement and prediction.

Work with the subsurface team to develop data-acquisition programs.

Make business recommendations for accessing US onshore unconventional resources.

Contribute to geology operations and geosteering oversight of horizontal wells.

Evaluate secondary resources (conventional or unconventional) for future development.


Master's degree in Geology or related field.

3-10 years of broad-based knowledge and experience in the US onshore oil and gas business.

Unconventional reservoir experience in one or more of the following basins:  South Texas, Williston, and Appalachian.

Ability to generate and present geologic correlations and maps.  (Experience with IHS Kingdom is preferred).

Experience with well logging operations, basic well log interpretation, and core-sampling programs.

Capability to integrate well data and geologic interpretations into regional frameworks to identify trends and recognize sweet spots.

The following expertise is a plus:  ARCGIS, unconventional well log analysis, 3D geologic modeling, multivariate analysis and/or Spotfire.


Commitment to Statoil ethics and health and safety standards.

Ability to influence decisions in a cooperative and constructive manner.

Sound professional judgment that leads to business efficiency and commercially driven prioritization of tasks and projects.

Good presentation skills.

Structured work practices, with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Identification with Statoil values (Open, Courageous, Collaborative, Caring).


Statoil offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package. Statoil is an equal opportunity employer.


Our values are to be courageous, open, hands-on and caring. We believe in these qualities, which are essential for building an even stronger Statoil. If you can identify with them, you could be the one to strengthen our team.

Candidates are expected to openly offer all relevant information about themselves during the recruitment process.

An Equal Opportunity Employer Females, Minorities, Veterans, Disables and Other Protected Groups. Statoil is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral requested.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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