Principal Exploration Geophysicist, Calgary, Canada

at Statoil
Location Calgary, Canada
Date Posted February 2, 2017
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10


Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 35 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 approx. 21,000 employees worldwide, and are listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.

The Exploration (EXP) business area represents an exciting centre of expertise and career development. Statoil is a leading global exploration company, focusing on early access at scale, drilling high impact wells and exploiting core positions, supported by a strong technology strategy.


Statoil Canada Ltd. is seeking a Principal Exploration Geophysicist to work with the Access Exploration Team to provide geophysical proficiency and strong mapping skills in the assessment of frontier acreage exploration opportunities leading to land sale nominations and bids, prospect and farm-in evaluations, and development opportunities.

The successful candidate will report in line through Statoil Exploration International, Northern Hemisphere, Assets and Access North Atlantic team (AAN).  The Access team is responsible for regional work and evaluation of new acreage offshore eastern Canada, from the US-Nova Scotia border, the Grand Banks, and along the Labrador Shelf.  The position will report to the Exploration Manager Canada Access, and be based in Calgary, AB.


Effectively perform in a team environment with other geophysicists and geologists conducting prospect and regional-scale evaluations of hydrocarbon potential in offshore Eastern Canada.

Responsible for prospect generation by integrating all geophysical and geological data.

Participation in authority-regulated bid rounds, by completing high-quality subsurface evaluations.

Integrate sedimentology, structural geology, and seismic into prospect scale models, based on a strong understanding of basin-scale depositional systems

Provide geological and geophysical input into petroleum systems modeling, and QA of models

Responsible for evaluating farm-in opportunities, and providing subsurface support for other Business Development activities

Ability and experience to monitor seismic acquisition and processing projects

Participation in multi-disciplinary tasks across the Exploration community with an emphasis on replenishment of the portfolio.

Mentorship of less-experienced geoscience staff and interns

Occasional travel is required


You must be a Canadian Citizen or eligible to work in Canada

M.Sc. in Geoscience, with relevant industry experience in geophysics and seismic interpretation required

Be registered with APEGA, or be eligible and willing to qualify as a Professional Geoscientist in Alberta

A minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience

Expertise with oil exploration in offshore rift basins, ideally East Coast Canada.

Demonstrated proficiency in regional- and prospect-scale seismic interpretation

Capable of dealing with large and varied digital data sets

A working knowledge of seismic acquisition and special geophysical techniques (depth conversion, VSP, AVO, and seismic inversion)

Familiarity with seismic processing workflows and seismic imaging, and modern interpretation software including Petrel and Landmark.


Ability to effectively contribute within a multi-disciplinary team, and collaborate throughout the Statoil network

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and fluency in English.

Be a strong team player and be open to diverse business task flows

Possess a business oriented and flexible mindset and have the ability to draw conclusions while focusing on critical success factors

Be proactive and perform work in a structured and systematical way.

The candidate should be open to and appreciative of multiple avenues to success in an exploration company


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.

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