Professor of Practice - Department of Petroleum Engineering

Colorado, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 05, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Pay Range:

$79,000 - $131,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The Department of Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, academic faculty appointment as a Professor of Practice. The required subject matter expertise is on drilling and well completion, with an emphasis on drilling. The position is expected to support the department’s drilling- and completion-oriented courses, participate in summer field camps, and oversee the drilling laboratory capabilities including the Apache Drilling Lab at the Edgar Mine and the lost circulation/cementing labs and the drilling simulator systems in Marquez Hall. The position is expected to significantly contribute to online teaching efforts. Engagement in scholarly activities such as research projects and publications is desired. Expertise in drilling and completion is needed to assist other opportunities at Mines, such as underground tunneling, geothermal, space exploration, subsurface hydrology, and CCUS.


  • Teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels; prepare academic curriculum and instructional plans
  • Contribute to curriculum development for both in-person and online courses
  • Oversee the drilling simulation and fluid lab in Marquez Hall, the lost circulation and cementing labs in Marquez Hall, and the Apache core drilling lab at the Edgar Mine
  • Mentor and supervise students
  • Engage in scholarly activities such as publications and research
  • Participate in service to the department, Mines, and the discipline of petroleum engineering


Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering or related discipline and +10 years of professional experience or Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering or related discipline and +15 years of professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • General pedagogical knowledge (how to teach); pedagogical content knowledge (how to teach a specific discipline) in drilling and completion; ability to use instructional technology for effective teaching.
  • Knowledge of and practical experience in drilling and completion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Degree(s) in Petroleum Engineering or related discipline and +15 years of professional experience.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Professional Engineer License or equivalent
  • Well Blowout certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of drilling / completion applications and needs in non-hydrocarbon systems
  • Record of technical publication
  • Experience in working with students and/or mentoring young professionals

Department Description:

The Petroleum Engineering Department has a preeminent program in education and research and offers undergraduate and graduate (Master and PhD) degrees. The strength of the education and research programs is enhanced through collaboration with the strong geosciences departments as well as many other disciplines at Mines. The Department has fourteen faculty, five supporting staff, and 258 undergraduate and 66 graduate students. The annual research volume of the Department is approximately $2 million from private sector, foundations, and government, with several large research programs on unconventional reservoirs, reservoir modeling and engineering, geomechanics, rock and fluid characteristics, stimulation and fracturing, geothermal energy, and drilling / completion / production. To learn more about the Department visit,

About Mines & Golden, CO:

Mines commits to earth, energy, and environment. The overall research expenditure at Mines in 2020 is over $86 million. Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. To learn more about Mines visit,

Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards:

Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.

How to Apply:

Complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information of three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested, and veteran status) and upload the following:

(1) a cover letter describing interest in the position and qualifications based on the responsibilities,
(2) a statement of teaching philosophy and experiences
(3) a curriculum vitae, and
(4) a 1-page statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

Review of applications will begin on March 8. Qualified candidates will be invited for interview in April. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The desired start date is July 2021.

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