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Post Doctoral Fellowships, SYZYGY, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Job ID: 13494

Updated: August 8, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description


In 2016, the University of Calgary 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.

As part of the implementation of its CFREF scientific strategy we are seeking to address a research and development grand challenge, aiming to assess and develop:

Appropriate strategies for production of electrical energy, directly from reservoirs, while leaving any produced CO2 in the ground (SYZYGY).

This project involves both fundamental discovery in the areas of biogeochemistry, nanotechnology, material science and subsurface engineering, as well as a focus on technology development. The project, SYZYGY, is seeking team members at the Postdoctoral candidate level.

Successful candidates will work within an existing multidisciplinary team of biologists, nano-technologists, electrochemists, surface scientists, geochemists and engineers consisting of several PI’s, Postdoctoral fellows and several graduate students.

Accordingly, to add to the existing team, we seek applications from qualified candidates within 2-4 years of their Ph.D. degree to take up 2 Postdoc positions with the following specific qualifications:

  • Electrochemistry and fuel cell construction (1 Postdoc position): This project addresses the mechanical and electrochemical design of a fuel cell system that could be emplaced into a subsurface reservoir. We plan to hire a Postdoctoral fellow with expertise in electrochemistry and materials science. The appropriate candidate will have a PhD in aspects of electrochemistry, materials science, nanomaterials, fuel cells and batteries.
  • Emplacement of electrode systems (1 Postdoc position): Emplacement of devices in subsurface reservoirs is difficult and expensive and we seek to develop novel systems, including autonomous self-powered devices, for emplacing electrodes and sensor systems in geological media such as petroleum reservoirs. These systems must be inexpensive and low power and the project scope includes a feasibility analysis, design and prototype testing. For this project, we propose to hire a Postdoctoral fellow with expertise in electrical or mechanical engineering with a specialization in mechatronic design.

Each candidate will be required to work within a team environment and so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must. Experience with technology development and commercialization is not required, but would be advantageous.

Postdoctoral positions offer a stipend of $55,000 CAD/year for 2 years. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, Killam, AITF, Banting). The positions also come with sufficient research support to be managed by the candidates in consultation with the PI members of the team.

In assembling the CFREF research teams, aggressive diversity and equity targets are in place and so applications from under-represented groups are especially encouraged.

Applications should consist of a current CV, a list of 2-3 referees with contact information and a cover letter, indicating you are applying for a position with the SYZYGY team. Indicate which of the areas and positions you are interested in. Please also indicate your availability. The positions are available immediately and the search will continue until the team is assembled.

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.

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 academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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.

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

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.


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