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POST DATE 8/29/2016
END DATE 6/1/2017

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Position Overview
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering and Tertiary Oil Recovery Project (TORP) at the University of Kansas seeks an Assist/Assoc/Full Professor with 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service, where the research responsibility to manage, direct and guide the Subsurface EOR R&D Group in conducting high-quality R&D to ensure development of innovative, efficient and environmentally acceptable and cost effective technical solutions for exploitation of complicated reservoirs in order to sustain production capacity and replace reserves (70% and higher recovery factor). This position will develop capabilities of the TORP EOR R&D Group and helps attracting and developing talent while promoting the knowledge transfer of science and technology to the young generation and across KU E&E R&D group by identifying Research Scientists and Senior Research Scientists and supervising their research activities/studies while working on EOR related research projects; initiate and lead the development of EOR related research proposals in collaboration with other E&E R&D groups and if need be other University and Research Labs; helps to build Integrated Networks of Excellence (EOR, Rock Characterization, Fracture Characterization and Reservoir Simulation/Modeling Framework, etc.) and identify IP and Patentable innovations and actively participates in submission of technical publications.

Expectations for this candidate in addition to teaching responsibilities include:

* Plan, direct and actively participate managing EOR laboratory, developing innovative research proposals, and training and professional development of subordinates with special emphasis on Research Scientists.

* Ensure that the EOR R&D function is working toward achieving its respective objectives through selecting the best talents and dedicated professionals.

* Oversee the development of an advanced Subsurface EOR R&D team and seamless integration with other subsurface R&D categories as identified under E&E R&D umbrella.

* Initiate business driven R&D ideas/proposals that result in new innovative technologies towards achieving global Energy sustainability and 70+% recovery factor and unconventional reserves while keeping environment safe.

* Capture and organize results of EOR research and transfer relevant findings, advancements and technologies into field pilot projects and ultimately full field implementation.

* Facilitate and develop a technology mutual learning/ best practices framework between KU and partners (Kansas Oil & Gas industry, ISH s, NOC s, DOE, NSF, etc.) via workshops, seminars and joint projects and publications at international or regional events.

* Provide timely and complete progress reports to TORP Director of Research.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of appointment.

The University of Kansas is interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World: (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. See for more information.

Job Description
40% Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering department. Participate in undergraduate and graduate student academic advising. Mentor graduate students in research and serve as the major advisor and chair of Master s and Doctoral level thesis committees.

40% Perform and conduct research in the research centers/laboratories associated with the department. Establish a strong research agenda in areas of expertise that overlap and support current research in the department, leading to external grant support and publication in recognized refereed journals. Collaborate with faculty and professional staff on KU campuses.

20% Perform Department, School, University and professional service activities normally expected of university faculty commensurate with rank. Participating in local, national and international professional conferences and other activities appropriate to the discipline. Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.

Required Qualifications

* Ph.D. in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering.

* Experience in world-class research in the area of EOR and multi-phase flow through porous media; working with industry on developing EOR solutions; successfully attacking significant research funding: initiating, managing, and executing major research projects in the area of EOR and reservoir engineering.

* Extensive work in EOR, PVT and Flow Assurance laboratories (advanced PVT, advanced SCAL, rock and fluid characterization), EOR modeling and EOR pilot and field projects.

Exceptional candidates at higher ranks may, in some cases, be considered. Candidates must present evidence of scholarly or creative productivity and must show evidence of dedication to effective teaching.

Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application consists of the online application along with a cover letter and CV/resume and the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Please include a teaching statement and research statement with application materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application review begins October 3, 2016.

Contact Information to Applicants
Dr. Shahin Negahban, TORP Director

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Review Begins

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