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Schlumberger Postdoctoral Research Position in Mechanical Systems Modeling

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Schlumberger is the leading supplier of technology, project management, and information solutions, trusted to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas companies around the world. Through our well site operations and in our research and engineering facilities, we are working to develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Reflecting our belief that diversity spurs creativity, collaboration, and understanding of customer's needs, we employ over 70,000 people of more than 140 nationalities working in 80 countries. With 23 research and engineering facilities worldwide, we place strong emphasis on developing innovative technology that adds value for our customers. In 2006, we invested $600 million in R&D. For more information about Schlumberger, please refer to our web site

Specific Skills
Candidate is to have strong background on modeling of mechanical systems, and in particular modeling to understand/predict the transient dynamic behavior of interacting elastic bodies. Equally important is training on different techniques/theories regarding the control of the dynamic response of those systems. Expertise with modeling from basic physical principles is definitely a plus, as is expertise with numerical solution techniques like finite element/ finite difference/ finite volume methods. Exposure to different passive and active techniques to control dynamic response, such as vibration damping and shock mitigation is also desirable, as well as it is being able to incorporate those techniques into computer modeling tools at different level of abstraction. A PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, or other related fields is required.

Job Description
The new person will join a team project effort aimed at pushing the state of the art in modeling technology to understand/predict/control the dynamic behavior of mechanical systems, in particular concerning the transient dynamics of interacting elastic bodies under external forces, such as during the drilling of oil wells. At the same time the person will be expected to use the modeling technology under development as a virtual workbench to study new approaches to predict/control/optimize drilling operations. This position will be located at the Schlumberger Doll Research Center in Cambridge, MA.

Contact person: Jahir Pabon (

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