Senior Geoscientist Argentina/Bolivia in Houston, United States

at Total
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted October 8, 2019
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent


Activities of the Job Holder include: (1) direct technical contribution (interpretation at the workstation, prospect evaluation, regional synthesis), (2) technical coaching of teammate exploration geoscientists and (3) promotion of new ideas through effective communication.

Technical activities
At Basin scale
Gather, integrate and synthetize all relevant G&G; data supporting play definition and characterization (well and seismic data, structural geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, reservoir & seal characterization, pressure regime, fluid type(s), etc.).
Perform basin synthesis studies with focus on the description / risking of the various components of petroleum system(s).
Investigate and propose new themes, new ideas and innovative approaches for the exploration of Argentina/Bolivia Basins.

At Block scale
Carry out the inventory of leads and prospects.
Evaluate prospects, using classical mapping / modeling techniques, leading to volumetric calculations as well as relevant uncertainty analysis and risk assessment.
Contribute to the definition of the optimal work program (drilling and data acquisition) to best explore and appraise the block.
Contribute to peer-assist and management reviews for the final decision for these business opportunities.

Know-how and leadership activities
Capitalize from the various studies at various scales through the generation of reference documents, to reinforce TOTAL experience. Share study results with the company exploration community and the corporate management.
Ensure the technical lead of 2-3 junior geoscientists to progress the studies and help juniors’ development.

Generation / promotion of new ideas
Create the space to challenge paradigms and develop new ideas.
Conceive sedimentological and prospect trap concepts even with scarce / imperfect data.
Promote new ideas / concepts into potentially drillable targets through peer challenge and proper communication.
Screen quickly areas and/or opportunities in order to deliver a pertinent & documented recommendation, positive or negative.
Deliver high ranked prospects.
Guarantee the consistency and the proper integration of G&G; data for play/prospect generation and maturation.
Deliver documented assessment of prospects (full range of uncertainty on volumes and risks).
Propose adequate data acquisitions and studies to reduce risks and range of uncertainties for the most promising plays and prospects.
Ensure the effective communication of main recent findings in terms of regional knowledge and evolution of technical tools and methods.
Act as a technical Team Lead for junior exploration geoscientists of his/her team.
Actively contribute to the building / consolidation of TOTAL knowledge / know-how in the Exploration domain.

Context and environment
Hands-on activity. Personnel technical contribution to generate prospects at the workstation is mandatory.
Works in teams and have a technical lead on less experienced teammates.
Keeps a solid collaboration with Total’s internal experts
Ensures he/she is permanently fully up-to-date in terms of geology of the region he/she has been assigned to and in terms of evolution of tools and methods in Exploration geoscience.
Candidate profile
Msc or PhD or Engineering Degree in Petroleum Geoscience.

Years of experience: 10+
Experience in New Ventures and Portfolio maturation
Experience in Technical lead of teams
Knowledge of Argentina Offshore Basins and/or Bolivia Basins is a strong plus
Knowledge of Spanish is a plus

Mindset and behavior:
Creative individual, good listener, able to challenge paradigms, open to new ideas.
Able to generate concepts first in the mind, then integrate and challenge with imperfect data.
Rigorous, objective, tenacious and humble.
Team player, inclined to share his/her knowledge and to technically develop peers and juniors.
Offer ID21003BR
General Geoscience Responsab
Employment typeRegular position
Experience level required
10 - 15 years, 15 - 20 years
BranchExploration and Production
About us / company profile
Give your best to better energy and make the commitment with Total. With over 500-plus professions in 130 countries, we offer high safety and environmental standards, strong ethical values, an innovation culture and wide-ranging career development. Be part of the global team whose mission is already shared by 100,000 employees: to make energy better each and every day.
Job Expires22-Nov-2019

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