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Geomechanics Intern


Houston, TX, US

Company:  ExxonMobil

Job Summary


ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company located in Spring, Texas, has an immediate opening for an intern position in the area of applied geomechanics for pursuing exploration opportunities, developing production from new fields, and maximizing economic recovery from existing fields. The incumbent will be responsible for both the application of existing technologies and the creation and stewardship of new research to find and recover hydrocarbons.

Primary Job Functions


  • Solve complex geomechanics problems associated with a diverse range of geologic settings utilizing a combination of theoretical, laboratory and numerical modeling techniques
  • Create, develop, and deploy innovative research for exploration, development, and production
  • Conduct geomechanical evaluations with special emphasis on the integration of diverse datasets and fundamental measurements of mechanical rock properties
  • Perform state-of-the-art research in URC’s Geomechanics Laboratories
  • Provide direct technical support to the upstream business units
  • Communicate and present complex geomechanics concepts and ideas
  • Manage externally-leveraged research programs
  • Potential research areas include:
    • Maximizing recovery from conventional & unconventional reservoirs
    • Compaction & creep / fatigue & failure
    • Injection mechanics / coupled chemo-mechanical effects
    • Stress / pore pressure prediction

Job Requirements


  • The applicant should have a PhD in either Geoscience (structural geology, geophysics, or a related discipline) or Engineering (civil engineering, petroleum engineering, or a related discipline)
  • Demonstrated background in laboratory and/or field measurement of mechanical rock properties
  • High level understanding in one or more of the following:
    • Theories of elasticity and plasticity of porous materials
    • Fluid flow in porous and/or fractured media
    • In situ stress analysis
    • Mathematical and computational modeling of rock behavior
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of technical individuals from both the Geoscience and Engineering communities
  • Demonstrated leadership, adaptability, teamwork, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to high safety and ethical standards. In addition, candidates should be able to work effectively within and across diverse team environments.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities


  • Additional experience in rock physics and/or petrophysical analyses and associated software platforms an advantage
  • Knowledge of digital rock physics and image processing


Alternate Location: United States : Houston, Texas 

ExxonMobil is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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