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Development Geophysicist

Date: Jul 31, 2019

Location: Perth, Western Australia, AU

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Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Offering some of the most dynamic career opportunities in the industry, Chevron Australia leads the development of two of Australia’s largest natural gas facilities - the Gorgon and Wheatstone Projects - and manages world-class operations and exploration activities.


Chevron Australia has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Development Geophysicist to join one of our multi-disciplinary teams within the asset development organisation responsible for appraisal and ongoing development of discovered fields in the Carnarvon Basin. The two to four-year maximum term role will be based in Perth. and will report to the Producing Assets Subsurface Manager, Asset Development.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Identify and evaluate high potential appraisal and/or development opportunities, and progress through Chevron’s project management processes as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Deliver geophysical/geologic interpretations and models to support business decisions, forecast reserves, and mature resources to meet gas supply demands.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining reservoir models to mature development plans, forecast production and reserves, and incorporate production surveillance information in real time
  • Provide structural and stratigraphic 3D and 4D seismic interpretation, reservoir property from seismic analysis, input to reservoir characterisation interpretations and reservoir models, well planning, execution and production mapping and surveillance
  • Assist in the planning and execution of 4D seismic and seismic reprocessing as required. 4D modeling capability and integration with history matching workflows
  • Provide technical input on the acquisition and interpretation of reservoir surveillance data to inform reservoir offtake decisions
  • Lead the planning and execution of appraisal, development and infill wells as required. Accountable for maintenance, QC and management of subsurface data
  • Provide technical support to projects involving Chevron’s Energy Technology Company and Corporate technical teams
  • Effectively communicate results to local and corporate leadership, and other internal stakeholders
  • Provide general earth science and specialist geophysical leadership and mentoring, influence joint venture partners and communicate key findings to peers and management
  • Concise written documentation of technical work and development plans
  • Commitment to health, environment and safety and Chevron best practice

Key skills and experience required:


  • Minimum masters level qualifications in geophysics or related discipline
  • A minimum of 10 years’ international oil and gas exploration industry experience, with a proven track record in offshore, deep-water field appraisal and development
  • Extensive 3D and/or 4D seismic interpretation experience with complex clastic reservoirs
  • Ability to effectively integrate geophysical and geological data
  • Understanding of development geology, geologic depositional environment concepts, building field development plans, reserves estimation, well planning, executing drilling programs, and tracking/monitoring development well results
  • Demonstrated experience in all phases of subsurface evaluation and project management, from appraisal through greenfield and brownfield development and production surveillance analysis
  • Timely integration of field surveillance data into the static modelling process
  • Experience with Petrel software, with construction of reservoir models including integration of geophysical data is preferred
  • Strong experience with uncertainty management, understanding of experimental design workflows, and data analysis software (SPOTFIRE, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment
  • Effective communication skills for stakeholder management and cross-functional dialogue
  • Highly proactive in all areas and the ability to deliver high quality products on schedule
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to understand and discuss complex technical matters with internal stakeholders and regulatory agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and build key relationships that contribute to high-class business results
  • Demonstrated commitment to Chevron’s values of diversity and inclusion, high performance, integrity and trust, partnership and protecting people and the environment


Why join Chevron:


  • Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies and has been present in Australia for more than 60 years
  • You will be provided a competitive package and an opportunity to contribute to two of Australia’s largest natural gas facilities
  • Chevron offers career development opportunities to all employees including onboarding, training and development, mentoring, volunteering opportunities and networking groups 
  • Chevron is proudly recognised as an employer of choice, guided by a vision of diversity, inclusion and committed to equal employment opportunity
  • Chevron supports work-life balance and offers employees access to various health and wellness programs
  • A nine-day fortnight is offered for eligible roles


We actively encourage applications from Australian Aboriginals, women, mature age applicants, candidates with disabilities and those with diverse cultural backgrounds. To be a part of our success, apply now.


Position Close Date: Wednesday 28 August 2019, 3pm WST


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