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ConocoPhillips Senior/Staff Reservoir Geomechanicist in HOUSTON, Texas

Title: Senior/Staff Reservoir Geomechanicist


Job Number: 00SXU

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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.


To be selected for the Senior/Staff Reservoir Geomechanicist role, you must have prior geomechanics experience in both conventional and unconventional reservoir development. If selected, you will provide geomechanics expertise to major ConocoPhillips assets globally. The work will include performing detailed study on predicting dynamic behavior of stress sensitive reservoirs due to the interaction of reservoir and overburden geomechanical characteristics including reservoir development and operating plans with the objective of safely managing and optimizing the asset.

If selected, you will be encouraged to be able to interpret field, laboratory or log data to implement, validate, and calibrate appropriate methods to solve reservoir scale geomechanics related problems.

Additionally, this role will help to design and execute future Technology Development programs in unconventional reservoirs including participation in selected JIP’s.

The selected candidate's expertise must be based on a clear understanding of physics and mechanics of the subsurface. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter and can work independently with minimal supervision to build and solve geomechanics related problems of varying complexities.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Perform integrated studies to improve the design of fractured horizontal wells

  • Conduct reservoir characterization and uncertainty study in both conventional and shale resources

  • Developing production strategies for risk mitigation with minimized production curtailment

  • Generating 3D mechanical earth models to analyze stress distribution and predict reservoir compaction, subsidence and well integrity

  • Participate in peer reviews and assists in support of geomechanical analysis

  • Occasional travel to BU offices to support critical reservoir geomechanics-related study

  • Assist Unconventional BU partners in assessing development sequence and stacking optimizations and risk mitigation

  • Advise BU partners on pilot objectives and data acquisition relating to reducing geomechanical risks



  • Master’s degree or higher in mechanical, petroleum or related engineering field or foreign equivalent

  • 3 years of experience in applying geomechanics in the context of reservoir development, management and performance prediction

  • 1 years of experience with reservoir and geomechanics numerical simulators

  • Advanced level of knowledge in fully coupled flow-geomechanics simulation workflows

  • Advanced coding skills in Python, Matlab, etc.

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


  • 5 years of experience in applying geomechanics in the context of reservoir development, management and performance prediction

  • PhD degree in mechanical, petroleum or related engineering field

  • Proven track record for delivering results

  • Experience with Abaqus (or similar) finite element simulation software

  • Strong understanding of reservoir surveillance and field management

  • Actively seeks out diverse people and organizations to collectively achieve business goals

  • Transmits information so it is received and understood in the way it was intended

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 18, 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


Title: Senior/Staff Reservoir Geomechanicist