Structural Geologist - Houston

at Oxy
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted March 19, 2017
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 15


The Structural Geologist will report to the Chief Geologist and lead the development of a Community of Practice and training initiatives for structural geology, naturally fractured reservoir characterization and geomechanics across the corporation, focused on unconventional reservoirs but including conventional reservoirs under IOR/EOR recovery processes. The role will be responsible for improving organizational capability in developing models of 3D discrete fracture networks, stress regime/pore pressure, and hydraulically fractured completions.

The Structural Geologist's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Describe structural features at a variety of scales from regional to micro-scale integrating a variety of data.
• Perform geomechanical interpretation and fracture analysis by incorporating core, core CT scans, borehole image logs, dipole sonic logs, 2D and 3D seismic, and regional outcrop analogs.
• Evaluate regional tectonic frameworks and stress/strain histories and relate this to field/reservoir scale structural and diagenetic features.
• Evaluate strain history through palinspastic reconstructions and forward models.
• Perform 2D and 3D seismic interpretation to build faulted structural models.
• Build and QC structural cross sections, structure maps, fault surface maps, and curvature maps.
• Perform fault seal analysis and uncertainty ranges using industry standard methods.
• Develop workflows and guidelines for standardization of best-practices.
• Participate in geologic modeling and reservoir simulation projects involving naturally fractured reservoirs.
• Participate in integrated reservoir management & surveillance projects.
• Present methodology & project evaluation to technical management.
• Assess staff technical competencies in tectonics, structural geology, naturally fractured reservoir characterization, and geomechanics and develop training programs.
• Initiate and manage structural geology and fractured reservoir characterization projects performed by industry contractors and academic research organizations.
• Lead software and technology evaluations related to the structural geology and geomechanics disciplines.
• Communicate state-of-the-art developments in structural geology and evaluate their potential deployment within the company.


 • Masters OR Ph.D. degree in Geoscience or related discipline
• Minimum of 15 years applicable experience in the Geoscience field.
• Familiarity with Petrel 3D modeling software or equivalent.
• Experience with Move (2D/3D) modeling software.
• Experience in various tectonic regimes (i.e. compressional, strike-slip and extensional).
• Experience building complex, faulted structural frameworks with 2D/3D seismic and well data.
• Experience in unconventional reservoir characterization and field development.
• Exposure to Discrete Fracture Network modeling methodologies.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and mentoring skills.


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



 - Geological

Primary Location

 - United States-Texas-Houston




 - Full-time

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