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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Technology Assessment, Theme 1, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Job ID: 15602

Updated: May 29, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

In 2016, the University of Calgary (UofC) was awarded $75 million over seven years from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for its initiative entitled: Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low carbon Unconventional Resources”. The goal of this research is to dramatically reduce the impact of energy extraction and energy use on the environment.

Job Description:

A 1-year PDF position is available as part of the implementation of the UofC CFREF scientific strategy and to address theme 1 Grand Challenges of reducing viscosity of heavy oil and bitumen at moderate temperature and imaging/controlling in situ flow processes. The project focuses on the systems-level analysis of technologies within theme 1 of the GRI initiative. Theme 1 focuses on the assessment and subsequent reduction of environmental and social impacts of development of heavy oil and bitumen.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists integrating data for technologies and concepts at different stages of development. The PDF is expected to collect and synthesize data at a systems including the use of life cycle economic, environmental and social assessment. The PDF will work directly with researchers developing new technologies in theme 1 to provide input and insights about the life cycle performance of their technologies as well as “hot spots” and opportunities for improvement. This position will support a team of researchers developing technologies in theme 1 and will also contribute to publication of peer-reviewed papers in high-impact scientific journals related to systems analysis of early stage energy technologies.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a PhD in engineering or related field with strong content of environmental science and sustainability of technologies and product systems.
  • Strong analytical skills that are based on a knowledge and experience of working with life cycle assessment and related tools such as life cycle costing and social life cycle assessment.
  • Ability to interface with engineers and other scientists and experience of working with integrating environmental, economic and social data analysis
  • Demonstrated proficiency in programming and visualization tools
  • Excellent communication skills required to work as member of an interdisciplinary

Appointments will be for 1 year with a $55,000/year stipend (with the potential to extend based on a performance review after the first year). 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

Application details: 

Applications should comprise a single-page cover letter, a curriculum vita, single-page statement of major research accomplishments and interests, and contact information for three referees. The successful applicant will commence the Postdoctoral Fellowship no later than August 1, 2018 but preferably sooner.

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

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.

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 energy research at the University of Calgary visit Careers in Energy at the University of Calgary.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

About Calgary, Alberta

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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