Open Rank Professor and Explosives Program Coordinator

Golden, Colorado
Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant
Feb 12, 2019
Mar 14, 2019
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Colorado School of Mines

Mines is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator that recognizes that diversity is crucial to its pursuit of excellence in learning and research. Mines is committed to developing student, faculty, and staff populations with differing perspectives, backgrounds, talents, and needs and to creating a richer mix of ideas, energizing and enlightening debates, deeper commitments, and a host of educational, research, and service outcomes. As such, Mines values candidates who have experience working in settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job no: 493460
Work type Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title: Open Rank Professor and Explosives Program Coordinator Job Description:
Colorado School of Mines has identified the growth of its explosives research and educational program as a primary objective in its commitment to developing Mines invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of explosives. We will also consider applicants for Professors of Practice with appropriate industrial experience. The successful candidate will play a lead role in formulating and enacting a plan to grow our explosives-research program by broadening our collaborations with national laboratories, industry (manufacturers and users) and government agencies, and to set directions for collaborative research initiatives across campus.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an awareness of current research and educational opportunities and possess a track record of working across disciplinary boundaries to secure research funding from a diverse array of sources. In addition, we are looking for candidates with a passion to advance the commitment of Colorado School of Mines to diversity and inclusion.

Applicants must hold a PhD in any engineering or science field of relevance to explosives including energetic materials/chemistry, explosives manufacturing and safety, explosives research in the mining, tunneling and demolition industries, military explosives use, modeling of explosive processes, detonation physics, shock dynamics, and/or explosive fragmentation. The candidate may be associated with any relevant department at Mines.
Our unique explosive testing and blast characterization facilities include an 80 lb open-air, test site with state-of-the-art ultra-high-speed imaging and diagnostics, underground facilities in our experimental mine, and controlled laboratory tests on our main campus ( Further, we have expertise in the dynamic behavior of materials using a combination of high strain-rate experimental characterization and simulations of the behavior of explosions, from the scale of crystals to hot-spot formations and meso-scale continuum flow models. Mines also has state-of-the-art multi-scale analytical facilities that enable the characterization of explosive structures, from atom probe and electron microscopies at the crystal level to tomographic imaging of meso-scale structures.

About Mines, the Department, and Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access; which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility (

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit
  • Applicants must hold a PhD in any engineering or science field of relevance to explosives.
  • We seek candidates with experience in energetic materials, explosives manufacturing and safety, explosives research in the mining, tunneling and demolition industries, military explosives use, modeling of explosive processes, detonation physics, shock dynamics, and/or explosive fragmentation.
How to Apply:
Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a curriculum vitae and a one-page research and educational mission overview. Additional documents submitted at this time will not be reviewed. References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Additional documents will be requested from candidates who move forward in the process.
Total Rewards:
Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 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:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

Advertised: February 11, 2019 Mountain Standard Time