Principal Geologist Exploration EXP USA - Houston

at Statoil
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted May 9, 2017
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10


Statoil is an international energy company with operations in more than 30 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 Alaska, 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 200,000 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.

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.

EXP USA is responsible for all exploration efforts in US and Mexico, with a focus on the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The team is split in three units:
The Regional group provides the regional tectonostratigraphic framework, the full play spectrum and a view on future access opportunities
The Access group is responsible for the detailed analysis of prioritized plays, the development of lead and prospect descriptions and the process of accessing new opportunities through lease-sales and/or farm-ins;
The Asset group is responsible for maturing accessed prospects to drillable status and managing the transition of discoveries to our development and production group.
At this point in time, building a competitive prospect portfolio in the greater GoM is a priority for EXP USA. Consequently, the ability to identify and evaluate prospects using a rigorous play-based methodology is a critical key competency for the organization.


Identify and mature prospects in a collaborative environment using a play based approach

Have sufficient understanding of sub-regional analysis to underpin our access strategy for new exploration opportunities

Ability to assess volumetric ranges and make risk assessments of prospects

Work to build a portfolio of possible access options

Involvement in assessing farm-in opportunities and recommending high graded options for access

To liaise across the business to assure alignment and agreement on access opportunities

To work closely with key support teams to ensure effective and focused specialist support is applied to prospects.

Networking with supporting functions/units in Norway such as discipline advisors, R&D and other technical units as required.


Minimum MSc degree in geosciences

Minimum of 10 years’ experience in exploration

Demonstrated ability to work with and lead groups of professionals

Ability to be hands-on, drive improvement and work in multicultural environment

Have the patience and experience to mentor less experienced staff

Experience with portfolio management an advantage


Pro-active, self-motivated and strong networking skills

Enjoy and thrive in a collaborative environment with strong interpersonal skills

Well-structured work practices

Excellent communication skills

Ability to live by "I am safety" expectations


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


Make sure that we are able to give your application consideration: Please attach copies of your diplomas, certificates and grades in English or Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language). Applications submitted without such attachments will unfortunately not be evaluated. If you are in the process of completing a degree, please upload an official temporary transcript or other document describing subjects and grades completed to this point.

Our values are to be courageous, open, collaborative 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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