Drilling and Well Construction Engineering - PE - Academic Faculty FY 24-25

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 20, 2023

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The Department of Petroleum Engineering (PE) at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in the area of drilling, well integrity, and well construction. Oil and natural gas expertise is desired but additional consideration will be given for applications of these skills in geothermal and other settings as well.

The Opportunity

The Mines’ PE Department’s mission is to address the challenge of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of petroleum engineers and leaders and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through fundamental and applied research. We seek enthusiastic candidates who demonstrate the potential to develop interdisciplinary collaborations in our Department, across campus, and with research partners throughout Colorado and beyond. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and who are committed to contributing to an inclusive and collegial environment.

The Department of Petroleum Engineering welcomes applications from candidates who have expertise in drilling, casing design and cementing, well planning and associated completion fields . Expertise in both experimental and field applications is welcomed, as is the application of these skills to a variety of well and reservoir types including hydrocarbons, geothermal, corrosive environments, carbon storage, etc. The successful candidate is expected to develop collaborative, cross-disciplinary research at Mines that is aligned with the University’s and Department’s focus on Earth, Energy & Environment. Preference will be given for previous teaching and research experience in the subject areas. A completed PhD is required at the time of hire.


The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate research and thesis projects, establish and grow a quality publication record, and develop a strong externally funded program that supports applied and/or fundamental research. Teaching responsibilities will lie within the expertise of the successful candidate and will ideally include course topics such as drilling, mud labs, well construction, and additional courses in the candidate’s specialty. The candidate is also encouraged to develop courses for on-line delivery and to successfully recruit and mentor a diverse group of students.

Minimum Qualifications

Assistant Professor candidates must demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Associate Professor candidates must have an established and currently funded program with clear potential for continuance, and a proven track record of success in teaching, research, and service. In addition, a potential for national and international professional recognition must be evident.
  • Applicants should have a PhD in petroleum engineering or a closely related discipline from an accredited program.
  • Demonstrated experience in academic, research lab, and/or industry and accomplishment in such a setting.
  • General pedagogical knowledge (how to teach); pedagogical content knowledge (how to teach a specific discipline); and ability to use instructional technology for effective teaching.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and curriculum development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Integrity, energy, and passion for education and research.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Successful record of teaching and/or research obtained via academic research, college-level teaching and/or industry or national lab experience in the area of drilling, well integrity, and well construction. While oil and natural gas expertise is desired, additional consideration will be given for applications of these skills in geothermal and other settings.
  • Demonstrated record of research publications in archival journals and conference proceedings.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access.
About Mines & Golden, CO

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size .

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Equal Opportunity

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.

Annual Rate and Benefits

Associate Professor: $113,000 - $115,000

Assistant Professor: $105,000 - $110,000

In addition to the amazing benefits mentioned below, Mines continues to show its dedication to its employees by offering an 11% employee contribution through our Mines Defined Contribution Plan and an incredible 12% employer contribution with immediate 100% vesting for our Faculty positions!

All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to mines.edu/human-resources/benefits .

How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply online as soon as possible. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2023. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a cover letter expressing interest in the position;
  • a statement of research (3 pages max);
  • a statement of teaching (3 pages max);
  • a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (3 pages max);
  • and names and contact information for three references
Research Statement: Please describe how your research relates to and complements research activities and expertise in the Department and at Mines, its expected impact, current or future connections to industry, private and government organizations, and/or opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please describe any transdisciplinary aspects of your research and how they would complement and strengthen interdisciplinary energy programs in the Department and at Mines. For more information about research endeavors and opportunities, please visit https://research.mines.edu/ .

Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to offering dynamic instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including non-thesis/professional MS programs. We are also invested in offering high quality on-line instruction. In addition to your teaching philosophy and experience, please describe any experience and/or interest you have in on-line education.

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement: Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity. For more information and to read the Strategic Plan for Diversity, Access and Inclusion, visit https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/ . Your diversity and inclusivity statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

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