Company: Shell
Skills: Geoscientist
Experience: 12 + Years
Education: Masters Degree
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Status: Active

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Authorized to work in: US

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In the US, we have operated for over a century and are a major oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in exploration and production technology, and a leading manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas and petrochemicals. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.
The world faces energy challenges that are becoming more complex each day. We’re looking for people who share our passion for taking on those challenges with cutting edge technology, innovative thinking and a commitment to properly managed risk. Shell develops and operates some of the largest and most complex projects in the world and we always endeavor to work at the leading edge of technical innovation. The role of the Principal Exploration Geoscientist (PEG) is to lead the delivery of multidisciplinary evaluation projects at both regional and prospect scale.  The incumbent will utilize existing and developing technologies and proactively drive implementation of new approaches to technical evaluation. 

The successful applicant will display skillful, multi-disciplinary teamwork and strong geoscience competencies throughout all stages of the X-ORP.  All evaluations will be within the mandates governing the X-ORP and DCAF.  The incumbent will pro-actively generate or identify new material opportunities for Shell. The PEG will deliver high quality assessments of the sub-surface and be highly skilled at describing the range of outcomes in a clear and robust way so that DE’s are enabled to make high quality decisions.  It is expected that the PEG will be able to move comfortably between assist and review mode for multiple and sometimes parallel projects.

The PEG will also be involved in building vitally important external links with potential partners, institutes and consultants. The incumbent will also be involved in updating the exploration prospects/leads portfolio as well as updates to the Yet-to-Find scope. Coaching staff in PBE opportunity identification techniques as well as mentoring senior staff to develop as team leads is key to this role.  


  • Advanced university degree in Geoscience (M.Sc. or PhD)
  • Minimum of twelve (12+) years’ experience in subsurface evaluation/exploration work with deep specialist skills in at least one of the following: seismic interpretation, structural geology, sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology/depositional systems, charge modelling
  • Proven experience in the core Exploration competences of Regional Evaluation, Seismic Interpretation (2D, 3D) and Play/Prospect Volume & Risking, plus broad experience in assessing opportunities and establishing work programs. Capability at the level of skill or near mastery in PBE methodologies will be required.
  • Proven technical leadership and analytical skills and the ability to clearly communicate detailed geological concepts and uncertainties to a variety of stakeholders. All projects will involve working through others over whom there may be little to no control.
  • The successful applicant should have a “nose” for value.  This is essential to make good use of resources for existing venture work and in recognizing and winning new ventures.
  • Proven strong geologic and geophysical skills in a variety of stratigraphic and structural settings.
  • Excellent workstation skills and ability to provide high quality integrated 2D, 3D and other interpretations.
  • Prime mover in bringing together all aspects of petroleum system analysis into a seamlessly integrated whole.
  • Qualitative assessment and evaluation of QI outcomes, seismic attributes and seismic inversion. Seamless integration into prospect evaluation and maturation. Ability to challenge geophysical outcomes.
  • Excellent understanding of probabilistic ranges and outcomes and the impact on project economics and commerciality. Able to describe the full range of outcomes in a clear and robust way.
  • Ability to think independently, form independent judgments and challenge conventional answers when not supported by facts.



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