Post-Doctoral Fellow - Near-Surface Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)

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Work type: Post Doctoral Fellow Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Geophysics

Position Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow - Near-Surface Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
Job Description:

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow or research assistant professor to assist in the development and implementation of a sensing strategy to (a) guide very near surface (< 30 m deep) horizontal directional drilling (HDD) while drilling at 0.1 m/s in potentially noisy magnetic environments and without stopping; and (b) sense obstacles ahead of the bit for collision avoidance. Data gathered to support these activities will also be used in intelligent drilling support to optimize drilling. The project involves determining the accuracy of current magnetic and seismic MWD/LWD tools for sensing and navigation while drilling, and advancing methods to interpret these data during drilling operations. The project also involves harnessing the knowledge gained from the aforementioned imaging via machine learning to improve drilling efficacy and speed. Considerable laboratory and field work is required for this project. This project is part of a larger effort with a highly interdisciplinary team of faculty, post-docs, and students at Colorado School of Mines (Mines) working with industry tunneling and drilling partners.

This position will begin as early as September 1, 2019. The current project end date is 30 December 2020, but an extension of this position is possible based on project needs and employee availability/interest.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience with downhole LWD and/or MWD and/or other novel sensing methods either in oil and gas drilling or HDD in commercial application or in R&D.
  • Experience with laboratory and field testing is desired.
  • Experience in machine learning, interpretation of MWD/LWD data for directional drilling, and experience with borehole magnetic and seismic sensing data.
  • The post-doc will be working collaboratively with and housed within the interdisciplinary Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling.
  • Some domestic travel to evaluate industry partner technology, as well as limited field testing, will be required.
How to Apply:

Applicants must complete an online application and upload:

  • CV (3 pages or less),
  • Cover letter describing relevant skills, and the
  • Names of no fewer than three (3) referees, including the applicant’s PhD advisor.  References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

We will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2019.

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit: family.mines.edu
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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