Senior Geophysicist – Quantitative Interpretation in Houston, United States

at Occidental Petroleum
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted February 4, 2019
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent


Oxy is a growing, action-oriented exploration and production company continually striving to be one of industry’s best. Our success has and will continue to be dependent upon our talented workforce. We are currently looking for experienced, motivated, creative and entrepreneurial individuals to fill a position on our Technical Services team. This position will report to the Chief Geophysicist and be located in Houston.

If your interests lie in hands-on application of high-end and quantitative interpretation techniques including data conditioning to challenging onshore reservoirs, as well as constructive mentoring in the application of fundamental quantitative interpretation technology, then this position may be the right fit for you.

You will be part of a small team of Geophysics experts within the Technical Services organization that services Oxy’s geoscientists worldwide in their task to expedite and optimize the economic recovery of hydrocarbons from some of the largest, most challenging onshore reservoirs in the world. You will find that the project inventory, the utilization of new technology, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the team are unique in the industry, providing the right candidates with a professionally fulfilling experience.

Oxy is looking for highly motivated individuals with the qualifications indicated below. If you meet the requirements and are interested in joining a highly skilled and action-oriented team, please apply for this position.

The Senior QI Geophysicist provides all Oxy departments with quantitative interpretation support such as seismic data conditioning, attribute generation, modeling, seismic inversion, and geomechanical workflows. The successful candidate should have a keen desire to apply new and off the shelf technologies and workflows creatively to reservoir characterization. Furthermore, the candidate must help ensure the quality and level of quantitative interpretation throughout the company through close collaboration with various departments.

Master’s Degree in Geophysics
Minimum of 5 years hands-on experience in quantitative interpretation studies
Proven expert in onshore seismic data conditioning, pre-stack seismic inversion and amplitude analysis
Skilled in derivation of rock physics relationships
Skilled in capturing and communicating uncertainty in results
Skilled in ensuring consistency between reservoir models and seismic
Knowledgeable about impact on amplitude fidelity of seismic acquisition and processing steps
Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities with the ability to make technically and economically sound recommendations with incomplete information
Creative thinker with a desire to challenge the status quo and the ability to implement new ideas, processes and technologies
Must be a team player with strong interpersonal skills and possess the ability to mentor others
Strong communication skills with the ability to present work product in an effective manner
Ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently and meet tight deadlines
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Permian Basin, Middle East, and/or Colombia experience
Geomechanics skills
CO2 or steam-flood time-lapse reservoir monitoring experience
Fiber-optic DAS or microseismic experience

Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status

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