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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Mechanical Engineering - Continuous Casting Center

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 19, 2024

Engineering a world of possibilities

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Mechanical Engineering - Continuous Casting Center

The Continuous Casting Center (CCC), directed by Professor Brian G. Thomas, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher to conduct research on computational modeling of the continuous casting of steel. Visa sponsorship is available for this position if needed. This posting may be used to fill multiple openings.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Conduct research on the continuous casting of steel that is of practical interest to industry, by combining computational modeling with validation data from plant experiments provided by interested steel companies

  • Prepare and submit journal publications on this research, under the direction of Professor Thomas

  • Provide leadership and mentoring of other researchers (graduate, undergraduate students, and visitors) in the CCC in the candidate’s areas of expertise

  • Prepare and make presentations to industry on this research

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering,Metallurgical engineering, or a similar engineering field

  • Proven knowledge of computational modeling software involving heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics and/or stress analysis, such as Ansys Fluent and / or Abaqus

  • Previous experience conducting research involving process modeling, applying computational modeling to real world problems

Preferred Qualifications (in addition to above):
  • Knowledge and experience in computer programming (eg Fortran, Matlab, C, python, etc)

  • Knowledge of computational methods such as finite-difference and/or finite element methods

  • Other relevant experience such as expertise and experience in metallographic analysis, running laboratory water model experiments (the CCC lab features a 1/3 scale water model of the continuous casting process), and / or commercial plant measurements.

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, veterans status) and upload a CV, 1-2 example publications, a list of 3 references, and a non-official copy of their transcripts, showing courses taken and grades, in both their undergraduate and graduate degrees (required). Notice all documents are to be uploaded in a single box. References will not be contacted until later in the selection process. This position will remain open until filled. However, for full consideration, applications should be submitted before February 4, 2024. Contact Kathleen Feighny in HR at with any questions.

About Mines, The Department, and Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines, Colorado's oldest public university and premiere engineering university, is located in Golden, Colorado: a historic gold rush-era town nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder. 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 has about 5,800 undergraduate students and 1,700 graduate students in a broad range of applied science and engineering disciplines. Mines maintains a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$88M in awards in 2023) with strong participation from both graduate and undergraduate students. The 2023 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best National Universities ranks Mines as the top-ranked university in Colorado, 38th in the category of Top Public Schools, and 20th in the category of Most Innovative Schools.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is focused on education and both basic and applied research that addresses problems of national interest in the areas of solid mechanics, materials and manufacturing, thermal-fluid systems, systems/operations engineering, advanced manufacturing, biomechanics, robotics and automation. The undergraduate enrollment in Mechanical Engineering is 1,770 with approximately 25% women and 24% underrepresented students. Approximately 200 graduate students (20% women, 40% underrepresented) are enrolled in Master’s and Ph.D. programs – both in person and online. We pride ourselves on strong, project-based undergraduate course offerings that apply theoretical knowledge and engineering skills in classroom activities and team projects. We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$17M in annual research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Major specialty programs include advanced manufacturing, robotics, automotive engineering, biomechanics, aerospace engineering, energy systems and systems engineering/operations research. More information can be found at and .

Total Rewards
Mines is offering a salary rate of: $62,000 - $68,000.

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. Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness, and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes fully paid medical and dental premiums as well as 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. In addition to the amazing benefits mentioned, 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! Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation bring proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs, and leading-edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits .

Background Investigation Required: Yes

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.

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