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Internship available in FEA of crack growth

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Title: Structural FEA Intern 

Employer: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

Location: Sugar Land, TX, USA

Starting Date: 01/01/2011 

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 105,000 people of more than 140 nationalities working in 80 countries. With 25 research and engineering facilities worldwide, we place strong emphasis on developing innovative technology that adds value for our customers. In 2009, we invested $802 million in R&D. For more information about Schlumberger, please refer to our web site . Schlumberger is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

We are looking for extremely high-energy, self-motivated Ph.D. candidates with exceptional problem-solving, communication, leadership and interpersonal skills who are seeking challenges to solve real technical problems. If you have the academic qualifications listed below, please submit an application to join the Simulation & Modeling Group located in Sugar Land, TX. Please send your cover letter and resume via email to

Job Description 

The objective of this 6-month internship is to investigate and analyze downhole tool dynamics and the associated failures. Specifically, the selected candidate will be working on a) evaluation of various crack growth rules, b) probabilistic analysis of stochastic loading, and c) assessment of the effect of variability in material properties on structural durability using the Finite Element Method.


1.      Ph.D. candidacy in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Engineering Mechanics with a specialty in fatigue and facture mechanics.

2.      In-depth understanding of continuum mechanics, elasticity, plasticity, finite element methods, fatigue of metals, fracture mechanics, shock and vibration, probabilistic and statistical methods, and materials engineering.

3.      Extensive experience in numerical prediction and experimental characterization with regards to fracture mechanics is required.

4.      Solid knowledge of ABAQUS is essential. Experience in developing user subroutines and Python scripts for ABAQUS is a plus.

5.      Experience in large-scale, scientific coding is a bonus.

6.      Excellent team spirit and communication skills


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