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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Evaluation and Manipulation of the Fundamental Controls on Hydrocarbon Fluid Recovery and GHG Storage using GHGs as the Injected Fluid, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Job ID: 13673

Updated: August 17, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Evaluation and Manipulation of the Fundamental Controls on Hydrocarbon Fluid Recovery and GHG Storage using GHGs as the Injected Fluid

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” (GRI). 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 GRI scientific strategy and to address the Grand Challenge aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of unconventional resource development, a project entitled Evaluation and Manipulation of the Fundamental Controls on Hydrocarbon Fluid Recovery and GHG Storage using GHGs as the Injected Fluid” is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow. The project focuses on evaluation of geological and geomechanical controls on hydraulic fracturing operations and how these operations can be designed to improve the performance of these recovery processes in unconventional tight and shale reservoirs in Western Canada. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team of geoscientists and engineers integrating geological, geophysical, and geomechanical data to understand the dynamics of hydraulic fracturing and to determine the key physical and operational parameters that control the performance of the recovery process.  The work will involve data analysis, three-dimensional geological modelling, dynamic reservoir simulation, sensitivity analysis, and optimization. 

Publication of peer-reviewed papers in high-impact scientific journals is an expectation of this position.


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in petroleum engineering or a related field;
  • Strong communication capabilities with proactive attitude;
  • Expertise on geological modelling, reservoir geomechanics, and reservoir simulation; and
  • Ability to initiate and develop original scientific research projects.

Appointments will be for 2 years with a $55,000 CAD/year stipend. 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, two-page curriculum vitae, single-page statement of major research accomplishments and interests, and contact information for three referees. Please indicate that you are applying to “Theme 2: Low permeability hydrocarbon resources; Sustainable[1] Hydrocarbon Recovery from Low Permeability Reservoirs: Research Topic 4 (RT4): Evaluation and Manipulation of the Fundamental Controls on Hydrocarbon Fluid Recovery and GHG Storage using GHGs as the Injected Fluid”. The successful applicant will commence the Postdoctoral Fellowship no later than January 1st, 2018 but preferably sooner.

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.

In assembling the GRI 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 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)

[1] Sustainable in this context means that, as we transition to lower carbon footprint energy sources over the next few decades, the environmental impact of fossil fuel recovery from low permeability reservoirs is mitigated through more efficient use of resources (water, fuel etc.), provision of GHG sinks and reduction in GHG emissions, and reduced risk of induced seismicity

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.

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