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Professor & Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering

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Position Information

Position Title Professor & Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering
Texas A&M Engineering

Texas A&M is located in the twin cities of Bryan and College Station, with a population of more than 175,000, and is conveniently located in a triangle formed by Dallas, Houston and Austin. Texas A&M has more than 55,000 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled. Research expenditures at Texas A&M total more than $820 million annually, ranking in the top tier of universities nationwide. With an endowment valued at more than $5 billion, the university ranks fourth among U.S. public universities and 10th overall. Texas A&M is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and having policies that contribute to work-life balance. For more information visit With over 400 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and more than 13,900 students, the College of Engineering is one of the largest engineering schools in the country. The college is ranked seventh in graduate studies and eighth in undergraduate programs among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, with seven of the college’s 13 departments ranked in the Top 10. The College is also ranked 10th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The American Society for Engineering Education ranks the Look College second in research expendit

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Department Overview

The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering has consistently been ranked among the top departments in the United States at both undergraduate and graduate levels as noted by the National Research Council and U.S. News and World Report. The outstanding faculty are globally recognized for the quality of their research and teaching, and their leadership in the profession. The department has well-established laboratories, consortia and research programs in the areas of deepwater drilling, nano-technology, oilfield chemistry, multi-phase flow, high-resolution imaging, gas hydrates, enhanced oil recovery, reservoir simulation, and integrated reservoir characterization. The department houses the Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research, which collaborates with the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems in the Department of Geology & Geophysics. The department has 27 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and 14 academic professional faculty. The current student enrollment is 626 undergraduate students and 399 graduate students. This is the largest graduate petroleum engineering program in the U.S.

Job Summary

The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University invites applications for the position of department head. The department head reports directly to the dean of the College of Engineering and holds an appointment as a tenured professor and the endowed Stephen A. Holditch ’69 Department Head Chair.
Candidates should be able to articulate and communicate a clear vision for the future of petroleum engineering education and research requirements at large public universities to a constituency that includes academia, government, industry, alumni, and students. This position requires strong leadership capabilities and it is expected that the successful candidate will lead the faculty and its programs to a higher level of excellence.
Applicants should consult the department’s website to review its academic and research programs (

Job Location College Station
Department Dean of Engineering
Required Education and Experience

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in petroleum engineering or a closely related engineering or science discipline, or a terminal degree in an appropriate field and have a proven record of scholarly achievement and administrative leadership in academia, industry or government. The position requires dedication to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and commitment to the diversity of faculty and students.

Preferred Education and Experience
Other Requirements

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of 5 references (including postal addresses, phone numbers and email addresses) by applying for this specific position at Applicants should also submit a two-page statement summarizing his/her personal vision and goals for the Department of Petroleum Engineering’s education and research, as well as his/her philosophy of academic leadership for achieving those goals. The search committee will begin reviewing applications upon arrival. Full consideration will be given to applications received by August 1, 2017. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin January 1, 2018 or earlier. Communications should be addressed to the chair of the Petroleum Engineering Head Search Committee, Dr. Reza Langari, J. R. Thompson Department Head Chair, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University, TAMU 3367, College Station, TX, 77843-3367;

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number FVN1072014
Open Date 03/09/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents
  1. Statement of Teaching
  2. Statement of Research