Sr. Geologist
SM Energy - Tulsa, OK

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The Geologist handles moderately complex geological assignments on a relatively independent basis, with a focus on assisting in the exploration and evaluation of new resource plays. May lead small projects and assists in training and mentoring less experienced Geologists.

Evaluate and integrate relevant data in order to make a technically sound assessment of prospective basins, plays and prospects using play-based exploration principles

Integrate subsurface well data into regional and prospect-specific interpretation

Synthesize surface and subsurface geological data through log correlation, cross section construction and mapping

Assist managing the exploration team’s efforts to identify, evaluate and implement exploration plans and growth opportunities. Requires coordination with geoscience, drilling, reservoir and land professionals

Assist in developing regional geological models for petroleum systems and propose data purchase or studies to test concepts

Evaluate and integrate relevant data in order to make a technically sound assessment of prospective basins, plays and prospects using play-based exploration principles

Generate gross sand, net sand, and net pay maps

Interpret 2D and 3D seismic data acquired, structural modeling and mapping

Prepare recommendations for exploration drilling including working with reservoir engineers on economic analysis

Assist in performing exploration project evaluations that include risk assessment and probabilistic analyses where ranges of possible outcomes are identified

Core logging and analysis, geophysical wire line log interpretation, interface with mud loggers

Participate in acreage evaluations

Evaluate acquisition and divestiture opportunities

Monitor industry exploration activity

Conduct business with the highest ethical standards; demonstrate decision-making skills that ensure the safety of all persons associated with SM facilities

Other duties as assigned

M.S. degree in Geology or Geophysics required

Minimum of 7 years of experience in development/exploration Geology

Proficient knowledge and utilization of geological mapping software (Geographix, PETRA), seismic interpretation software, and Geo-steering software. Strong computer skill base.

Proficient level of skill in Microsoft Office

Ability to perform petro physical analysis

Ability to apply broad knowledge of geological principles, advanced techniques, modifications and extension of theories

Good understanding of tight oil, shale plays and unconventional reservoirs

Solid knowledge of mapping and structural geology

Good understanding of reservoir engineering

Working knowledge of basin modeling and geochemistry

Well-versed in resource play evaluations and risk analysis methods

Geo-steering experience

Skilled in mining large data sets; strong analytical skills

Excellent written / verbal communication and formal presentation skills. Must be able to communicate results and interpretations to management

Ability to supervise and mentor less experienced Geologists

Ability to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team to produce integrated products and results


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