ConocoPhillips Quantitative Geophysicist / Advisor in HOUSTON, Texas

Title: Quantitative Geophysicist / Advisor


Job Number: 00S0W

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 16 countries, $70 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,800 employees as of Dec. 31, 2018. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,242 MBOED in 2018, and preliminary proved reserves were 5.3 billion BOE 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.


ConocoPhillips seeks a highly qualified, experienced and motivated individual to contribute to technical service and technology development work in quantitative seismic analysis with emphasis on rock physics (both theoretical and practical) and AVO to support prospect evaluation and reservoir characterization needs of E&P teams. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and experience in all aspects of seismic petrophysics and quantitative analysis with a detailed knowledge of how this data can be integrated into a prospect analysis and reservoir management. This will involve working collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams and BU’s and provide recommendations; using creative tools or workflows to provide fit-for-purpose solutions and clearly communicate value proposition of results and challenges.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Quantitative seismic interpretation by combining geologic and engineering data via forward geophysical models, seismic inversion and rock physics for both exploration and production

  • Integrate petrophysical and geological information to investigate and develop different rock physics relationships at both regional and field development scales

  • Lead rock physics studies and other special projects as appropriate

  • Assist seismic interpreters in the generation and application of rock physics models for such parameters as cementation, compaction, sorting, etc.

  • Adopt subsurface best practice guidelines and tools and develop methods and workflows for rock physics

  • Assist seismic interpreters in the interpretation of seismic amplitude, frequency or phase anomalies associated to changes in porosity, permeability, lithology, fluid content, etc.

  • Assist seismic interpreters and reservoir engineers in pore-pressure prediction from seismic data

  • Provide input for geophysical data acquisition programs based on assessment of data requirements

  • Work with interpretation staff and geomodelers in building 3D earth models

  • Establish and maintain high standards of quality control and quality assurance for geophysical data

  • Provide training in quantitative geophysics and rock physics.Champion foundational geophysical work

  • Provide advice, support and recommendations on G&G software requirements



  • Master's degree or higher in Physics, Geophysics, Mathematics or other physical sciences

  • Minimum twelve years of experience in practical rock physics and quantitative seismic interpretation

  • Expert understanding of rock physics as it relates to seismic response.

  • Expert knowledge of seismic amplitude/AVO analysis techniques.

  • Expert level of experience in performing and applying quantitative geophysics.

  • Intermediate level of knowledge of petroleum geology

  • 5 years of experience in integrating data sets (seismic data, petrophysical and core data, outcrop data and depositional analogues) and interpreting in a workstation environment.

  • Intermediate level of knowledge of sequence stratigraphic concepts.

  • Intermediate level of knowledge of the well planning and construction process

  • Intermediate level of knowledge of seismic acquisition and processing as it relates to seismic amplitude response

  • Intermediate level of knowledge of borehole geophysical methods and applications

  • Ability to recognize the business impact/value drivers of a project and communicate effectively

  • Willingness and ability to plan, implement and manage multiple projects in parallel

  • Ability to review projects and provide constructive feedback, and to influence key business decisions as a team player and collaborator


  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

  • PhD in Physics, Geophysics, Mathematics or other physical sciences

  • Partners effectively with across disciplines and organizations.

  • Strong capacity to listen and mentor staff.

  • Excellent teamwork skills and demonstrated personal leadership and traits

  • Influential communicator with strong written, oral and presentation skills

  • Commitment to achieving geophysical excellence and promoting functional professionalism

  • ​Invites dialogue to gain a shared understanding and influences with confidence to drive performance and achieve business results.

  • Delivers results through realistic planning to accomplish goals

  • Generates effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions that are safe and ethical.

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 March 21, 2019

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: Quantitative Geophysicist / Advisor