Geophysicist - Denver

at PDC Energy
Location Denver, United States
Date Posted February 6, 2017
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 5


A brief description summarizing the overall purpose and objectives of the position and the results the worker is expected to accomplish.  


The Geophysicist is responsible for planning, developing, and coordinating all of the Delaware Basin geophysical efforts. The Geophysicist provides geophysical input and works closely with the Planning and Development Geologists in generating opportunities, narrowing the range of uncertainties of parameters necessary for success, and providing a more accurate assessment of risk and possible reward. The Geophysicist will keep abreast of emerging technologies and E&P practices. This role is as an Operations Geophysicist working directly on the Delaware Asset.                                                                                                                                                                                                



The tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the position that are most important to get the job done.

  1. Generate regional to sub-regional geophysical interpretations;
  2. Perform seismic interpretation, prospect generation, AVO analysis, computer mapping and 3D visualization, as appropriate, for prospect development;
  3. Maintain updated geophysical interpretations and maps throughout the Delaware basin;
  4. Integrate geologic concepts and seismic imaging principles to identify drilling opportunities;
  5. Assist in performing risk/uncertainty assessments on geophysically generated exploratory prospects;
  6. Assist in preparation of play and prospect recommendations;
  7. Recommend, where appropriate, the acquisition of additional geophysical data;
  8. Prepare post-drilling geophysical assessments of exploration results;
  9. Provide geophysical support to management for acquisition decisions;
  10. Assist in identification or formulation and recommendation of new opportunities for the company including Joint Ventures to compliment overall strategies;
  11. Keep abreast of emerging geophysical technologies and E&P practices;
  12. Attendance at professional meetings, as needed, and conventions for, primarily, networking purposes;
  13. Perform and assume other duties and responsibilities as may be required at the direction of the Sr. Lead Geologist.


The specific minimum competencies required for job performance.

  1. Proven prospect generator;
  2. Possess a strong working knowledge of seismic acquisition and processing procedures;
  3. Proficiency in seismic interpretation software;
  4. Experience and understanding of seismic inversion;
  5. Knowledge and understanding of Geosteering horizontal wells;
  6. Knowledge and understanding seismic rock properties;
  7. Proficiency in recognition of stratigraphic complexity on 2D and 3D seismic data;
  8. Possess a fundamental understanding of the pitfalls in seismic data;
  9. Possess a fundamental understanding of the geological nature of the depositional environment, structural deformation and the habitat of hydrocarbons;
  10. Possess a thorough knowledge of and enthusiasm for petroleum geophysics;
  11. Creativity in problem solving;
  12. Ability to ask the critical question;
  13. Ability to balance logic and imagination;
  14. Clarity of expression, both written and verbal;
  15. Attentive to accurate detail;
  16. Ability to visualize in 3-D;
  17. Ability and desire to learn new developments and technologies;
  18. Advanced PC skills;
  19. An entrepreneurial spirit;
  20. Ability to get along and work with people of other professions;
  21. Ability to work on a team;
  22. Excellent networker who can develop and nurture professional relationships;
  23. A highly motivated self-starter;
  24. Evidence of self-sufficiency and self-assurance;
  25. Tenacious curiosity and an investigative mind;
  26. Ability to take responsibility for important decisions;
  27. Leadership qualities.


The scope of the person’s authority, including a list of jobs that report to the incumbent.


This position has no supervisory responsibilities.




The environment in which the job is performed, especially any unique conditions outside a normal office environment.

  1. Consistent with that of a normal office environment;
  2. Approximately 5% field work


The minimum level of education, experience, and certifications required to perform the job.

  1. Bachelors degree in Geophysics, Masters in Geophysics or related field preferred;
  2. Minimum 5+ years of experience;
  3. Permian basin experience required, Delaware basin experience preferred;
  4. Knowledge of basic economics.




Integrity – We live by our word.

We are always fair and honest, maintain high ethical and moral standards, and will be known for doing what we say we will do.


Stakeholder Focus – We treat all stakeholders fairly.

We are ever striving to exceed internal and external stakeholders’ expectations by understanding their requirements and providing excellent service.


Responsibility – We depend on performance.

We embrace our individual contribution and commitment to do what is expected of us with unconditional accountability, and we practice safety, show respect for each other, and exhibit positive corporate citizenship at all times.


Teamwork – We are one company.

We understand that none of us are as smart as all of us, and will succeed beyond our individual contributions through effective teaming.


Sound Growth – We will be here tomorrow.

We will be independent and flexible, manage risk, and develop successful leaders and technical expertise to ensure sustainability and growth.


Quality – We innovate and improve.

We start with quality in mind and constantly improve through innovation our ability to leverage our strengths, our resourcefulness, and by acting on lessons learned.

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