Structural Geologist in Houston, United States

at Repsol
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted July 12, 2018
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


Join the Repsol team

We provide the opportunity to grow professionally and develop your career at one of the world’s leading international energy companies. At Repsol, you will work on challenging projects with some of the best and brightest of your peers in the energy industry.

Functions and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have extensive global experience in structural geology and tectonics for hydrocarbon exploration and development. This position will report to the Structural Geology and Tectonics Manager, Exploration Technical Services division and will have the following responsibilities:
Collaborate with exploration and new ventures teams to define structural styles, provide balanced structural interpretation, deformation history to support across the Repsol enterprise.
Provide advice on structural styles and regional deformation history across a broad range of basins and structural settings and across regional, prospect and field scales through formal peer reviews and informal engagements.
Predict effects of mechanical controls on fold, fault & fracture orientation as a function of structural style & their qualitative effects on reservoir & seal.
Lead the development of structural interpretation skills and technology within Repsol, define approaches to applied problems, and develop tailor made workflows for exploration and development projects.
Share expertise and transfer knowledge with other Repsol staff through mentoring, formal training (arranging and teaching in-house technical classroom and field courses), participating in technical meetings and advising on the practical use of appropriate software. A key task will the identification of several experts to ensure the company has a succession plan for this skill set.
Support innovation and technology development through participation in consortia and external industry collaboration fora.
Develop and maintain networks with key peers and colleagues, including fellow scientists in the Geoscience Technology division, to assure that best-in-class technology and workflows are deployed.
Authoring and contributing to technical papers in this area of expertise.
The candidate must be willing to travel (as required and within reason), sometimes on very short notice.

Must be legally authorized to work in the US for any company
Extensive knowledge in Structural Geology and Tectonics, in particular an understanding of:
Fault systems (Extensional, Strike Slip, Inversion and Compression)
Seismic structural interpretation in complex settings, in 2D and 3D.
Regional tectonic settings identification.
Structural mapping in all structural contexts for prospect definition using consistent models in time and space (fault correlation, evolutive models). Trap integrity analysis (calibrated fault seal, fault stability and top seal analysis).
Structural model integration with other disciplines (Petroleum system, Non-seismic methods, Resevoir engineering, Geohazards). Build accurate burial, uplift and denudation curves.
Understand the kinematics of the structure to perform sequential restoration. Be able to apply the most adequate algorithm (line-length balancing, area balancing, flexural slip, simple, pure, incline and heterogeneous shear, geomechanical model). Depth to detachment analysis, synorogenic deposits analysis.
Field work experience and knowledge of several outcrop analog localities. Ability to organize and lead (or co-lead) field training to these localities
Ability to teach fundamental Structural Geology internal courses
The candidate, besides being proficient with Microsoft Office applications and tools, should also be proficient in Move (or equivalent) and ideally in Paradigm. The digital world should be second nature to the candidate.
Minimum of a Master Degree in Geology or Tectonics; Ph.D. preferred.
Minimum of 15 years’ professional experience focused in Exploration Structural Geology.

Competencies and Skills
Communication . Candidate must be adept at succinctly getting their key message across to management. In addition, the candidate should be able to sustain effective ongoing communication with clients and provide written documentation as required. The candidate must be able to listen astutely to what the project entails and what management and/or the client requires.
Adaptability, multi-tasking and fast-response . The candidate must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work under a tight time-frame. The candidate must be able to shift focus quickly as events demand. Good proactive and project management skills are important.
Interpersonal Skills . The candidate must be able to deal with a range of personality and nationality types, be cooperative and pleasant to deal with but if situation requires, able to provide a firm and decisive approach.
Critical Thinking . The candidate must have a broad knowledge of the upstream industry and be able to use their skills, often under time pressures, to arrive at appropriate decisions/solutions. In particular the ability to separate critical factors from background detail is an imperative asset.
Positive Approach . The candidate must understand the metrics set by the corporation for upstream projects but should also be fully cognizant of the nature and uncertainty of the E&P process and be capable of exercising some “realistic optimism” in interpretation . Their approach must be constructive, not judgmental.
Mentoring. The candidate must have proven experience of developing talent and transferring knowledge to individuals through active on the job mentoring and formal instruction in the classroom as well as in the field. The candidate is expected to identify and develop several experts around the company to ensure growth of expertise at a global level.

Repsol is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

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