Geophysicist Denver, Colorado

at SM Energy
Location Denver, Colorado
Date Posted December 12, 2016
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 3



The Geophysicist is competent in basic techniques; receives training in more specialized approaches. Handles assignments of a moderate scope and under the direction of more senior Geophysicist. Provides technical and analytical support and assistance in exploration/exploitation evaluations of new or current unconventional and resource oriented plays.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the integrate subsurface data (seismic, magnetic, gravity, open hole, core, …) into regional and prospect-specific interpretations, including facies interpretation and geological controls on reservoir distribution
  • Perform pre-drill analysis in support of operations
  • Assist in identification, collection and integration of science program to support operations team
  • Understand and interpret regional geophysical and geological models of petroleum systems
  • Synthesize surface and subsurface geophysical data with log correlations to generate cross-section and maps
  • Assist in the operation and exploration team’s efforts to identify, evaluate and implement plans and growth opportunities. Requires coordination with geoscience, drilling, reservoir and land professionals
  • Generate gross sand, net sand, net pay, structure, gross isopach maps
  • Interpret 2D and 3D seismic data; understand reprocessing of this data; understand shooting parameters behind the data; review quality of the data before purchase; understand loading data into software
  • Participate in acreage evaluations
  • Conduct business with the highest ethical standards; demonstrate decision-making skills that ensure the safety of all persons associated with SM facilities
  • Other duties as assigned

Computer/Software Applications:
Solid level of skill in Microsoft Office. Solid understanding and utilization of geological mapping software (Geographix, PETRA) and their interface with seismic interpretation software, and Geo-steering software.  Solid understanding and utilization of geophysical software applications such as SeisVision, SeisWare, Kingdom Suite and/or similar interpretation software.

Role-Specific Technical Knowledge & Skills:
Command of fundamental geophysical principles; modeling, interpretation, data acquisition, data processing, data loading.  General understanding of geological principles, techniques and theories. Good understanding of tight oil, shale plays and unconventional reservoirs. Ability to work with a mentor and think independently on prospect generation. Ability and desire to gain geo-steering experience.  Demonstrates understanding of a single basin/resource play.

M.S. degree in Geology or Geophysics required

Typical Experience:
Minimum of 3 years of experience in Exploration/Exploitation Geophysics or Geology

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