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Postdoctoral Scholar in Systems Modelling and Control System Design for Automated Drilling, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Job ID: 18952

Updated: August 1, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area:            Systems Modelling and Control System Design
Duration:     up to 2 years
Start date:   Immediate
Salary:         $55,000 CAD / year plus health insurance benefits

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Systems Modelling and Control System Design for Automated Drilling

Job Description:

The University of Calgary has been awarded a two year research contract, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Precision Drilling Corporation, to develop and field trial a closed loop directional drilling system.  As part of this research, the following two goals will be addressed:

  1. Develop and implement a real-time drillstring dynamics model which incorporates axial, torsional and lateral dynamics of the drillstring and an effect drillbit-rock interaction model.
  2. Implement a closed loop toolface controller based on the models developed in goal (1) utilizing the NOVOS SDK and field trial the system on a Precision Drilling rig.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work closely with the Principle Investigator (Dr. Roman Shor) and a multidisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students to delivery a prototype control system to Precision Drilling and actively participate in development and field testing.


This project is seeking a team member at the postdoctoral level with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Petroleum Engineering or related field with a strong background in dynamic systems modelling and control system design.  Prior experience in distributed parameter and time delay systems is a plus.  Experience in C/C++, an object-oriented language: C#, Java and/or Python, and familiarity with the use of external libraries and SDKs is a must.  A successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary team of mechanical engineers, petroleum engineers and software engineers.

Accordingly, we seek applications from qualified candidates within 2-4 years of their Ph. D. degree for a postdoctoral fellowship with an immediate start date.   The candidate will be required to work within a team environment and so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must. Experience with technology development and commercialization is not required, but would be advantageous.

Application details:  

Applications should consist of a current CV, a list of 2¿3 referees with contact information, a cover letter describing relevant past research experience and a writing sample – either a conference or journal paper. The position is available immediately and the search will continue until the position is filled. Send complete applications to Roman Shor (, at your earliest convenience.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.

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Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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