We seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher on a project titled “Advancing Rapid Tactical Tunneling Operations (ARTTO)”, funded by the Department of Defense. The project aims to increase the speed of underground tunneling by a factor of ten beyond the state of the art, which requires the design of custom shear-thinning drilling fluids, the construction of a flow loop to study soil-slurry rheology, and the investigation of the effects of fluid hydraulic pressure on soil stability.
The postdoc will build a flow loop to study the rheological properties of soil slurries that will be encountered during drilling, prepare custom shear-thinning drilling fluids, and study the influence of pressure on tunnel and soil stability. Collaboration with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines will be an integral part of the project. Partial supervision of the PhD student on the project is expected. The position is for 15 months and can begin as early as October 1.
Candidates should have a PhD in chemical, mechanical, or civil engineering, and the ideal candidate should have a strong background in experimental fluid dynamics.
Interested applicants can send a cover letter and CV directly to Dr. Samaniuk. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.