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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Microseismic Data Analysis, Mitacs Accelerate Project

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Job ID: 14506

Updated: February 13, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Microseismic Data Analysis

In June 2017, the University of Calgary’s Mitacs Accelerate Proposal, “Responsible Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reserves”, was approved for a total grant of $1,350,000. Through this new initiative, the University of Calgary has partnered with Mitacs and Kerui Group (Canada) to advance energy research. The Mitacs Accelerate project seeks to improve characterization of low mobility hydrocarbon systems, produce fundamental geological and petrophysical insights, improve enhanced recovery processes, and improve knowledge of potential environmental consequences. Overall, this initiative will provide 20 university graduate students and postdocs with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience in Calgary and at a site in Beijing.

One Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position is available as part of the Mitacs Accelerate project. The PDF will work with the Microseismic Industry Consortium at the University of Calgary, which has extensive experience with microseismic monitoring including a number of rich datasets. A Mitacs postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to conduct research in the development of innovative methods for processing, analysis and interpretation of microseismic data from hydraulic-fracture monitoring. During this appointment, approximately 3 months will be spent at the University of Calgary’s Beijing Research Centre, China. Travel support will be provided. The Postdoc will focus on the analysis of field data collected in western Canada by the University of Calgary as well as industry, including advanced source analysis and the derivation of fracture-network geometries. The candidate will have access to high-performance computing facilities.


  • Applicant must have a PhD in geophysics with specialization in seismology, or related discipline. The applicant must have earned a doctoral degree within the past five (5) years.
  • Advanced programming skills (python preferred).
  • Previous experience working with microseismic data. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The role of the PDF will involve significant communication at various levels in academia and industry.
  • The applicant must be capable of working in a self¿directed manner within a team environment.
  • Excellent multi¿tasking skills to provide support to other members of the project team.
  • A high level of productivity in terms of peer¿reviewed publications is expected.

This position offers a stipend of $55,000 CAD/year for 12 months. The successful candidate will be required to work within a team environment, so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must.

Information about the Department of Geoscience can be found online, along with the research consortium.

Application details: 

Applications should comprise a CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and three letters of reference. The successful applicant will commence the Postdoctoral Fellowship no later than July 1, 2018. Evaluation of applications will commence on January 19, 2018.

In assembling the CFREF research teams, aggressive diversity and equity targets are in place and so applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment. Please review the Eligibility page for more information prior to applying for this position.


Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers websiteFor more information about opportunities in Energy Research, visit Careers in Energy at the University of Calgary.

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