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ConocoPhillips Geologist – Pore Pressure Prediction and Trap/Seal Analysis in HOUSTON, Texas

Title: Geologist – Pore Pressure Prediction and Trap/Seal Analysis


Job Number: 00SXS

Our Company

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 17 countries, $71 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,900 employees as of June 30, 2019. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,303 MBOED for the six months ended June 30, 2019, and proved reserves were 5.3 BBOE as of Dec. 31, 2018.

Employees across the globe focus on fulfilling our core SPIRIT Values of safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. And we apply the characteristics that define leadership excellence in how we engage each other, collaborate with our teams, and drive the business.


The Exploration, Subsurface and Other International (ESOI) Geosciences organization has an opening in the Structure, Stratigraphy and Pressure (SSP) group for a geoscientist in the area of pore pressure analysis. The role is in support of worldwide exploration and appraisal. If selected for this role, you will work in a multidisciplinary team to deliver pore pressure predictions and monitoring for critical exploration and appraisal wells and their post-well analyses. The position will also deliver prospect trap/seal analysis, play assessments and containment characterizations to aid in the understanding of risk, materiality and value of our portfolio. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to on-going research efforts to improve our understanding of pore pressure prediction and trap and seal evaluations.

To accomplish our exploration and development objectives SSP needs to deliver high quality predictions in challenging environments. The SSP team supports our business unit and new ventures teams through building integrated interpretations based on a detailed evaluation and carries out regional basin analyses to support exploration screening evaluations.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Pore pressure and fracture gradient prediction; promote leading practice workflows.

  • Global hub for knowledge transfer associated with trap and seal analysis and integrated analysis.

  • Technical service support related to pore pressure for ConocoPhillips and partner operated wells, including real-time monitoring and post-drilling analysis.

  • Drive integration and collaboration with business unit (BU), Global New Ventures (GNV), Structure and Geomechanics, Basin Modeling, Petrophysics, Seismic Analysis and Wellbore Stability teams.

  • Top, mechanical and side seal quantification for column height analyses and trap analysis, focusing on exploration/appraisal.

  • Assurance workflows e.g. co-champion of the ConocoPhillips pore pressure prediction stage-gate process collaboratively with the drilling organization and the BUs/GNV.

  • Technical resource for the Global Exploration Review (GERT) and global pore pressure assurance teams.

  • Capable mentor targeted at integrating pore pressure and other analyses into L48 and GNV exploration teams’ workflows and characterizations.

  • Technical training (lead or coordinate industry courses) for pore pressure and seal/trap analysis.

  • Management of pore pressure databases - partner with ESOI Geosciences Data Analytics group and support the SSP GIS-based global mapping project.

  • Contributor to the Sweet Spots technology development project and other projects as they develop in response to emerging technical challenges.



  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Master’s degree or higher in Geosciences or related field or foreign equivalent

  • 3 years of experience related to fluid flow in sedimentary rock sections

  • Willing to utilize a multi-discipline approach and integrated solutions leading to integrated pore pressure and seal analysis evaluations at scales ranging from proposed well locations to basin wide

  • Willing and able (with or without a reasonable accommodation) to travel 10% of the time on an annual basis


  • 5 years of experience in pore pressure evaluations and predictions coupled with trap and seal analysis

  • Strong interpersonal skills and an aptitude for multi-disciplinary and quantitative methods

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including succinct report writing and presentation skills

  • Experience with multiple interpretation platforms including Petrel, petrophysical programs, pore pressure programs, and other related tools

  • Listens actively and invites new ideas for shared understanding, then influences and acts to drive positive performance and achieve results

  • Builds positive relationships based on trust and seeks collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goals

  • Understands how key financial and quantitative indicators impact the business

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of October 21, 2019 .

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

Job Function: Geosciences

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level

Line of Business: GEOSCIENCE

Title: Geologist – Pore Pressure Prediction and Trap/Seal Analysis