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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 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
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.
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.
About Mines & Golden, CO
- 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.
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
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
Look to Mines.
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
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
- and names and contact information for three references
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/
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
. Your diversity and inclusivity statement should describe your
past experience and proposed activities to advance access,
inclusion, and diversity at Mines.
Background Investigation Required
If you like working with energetic enthusiastic individuals, you
will enjoy your career with us!