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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Green Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Job ID: 13674

Updated: August 17, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Green Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids

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 “Green Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids” is seeking team members at the Postdoctoral level. The project focuses on reducing water usage in the hydraulic fracturing process in unconventional tight and shale reservoirs in Western Canada.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to carry out lab experiments and numerical simulations to explore ‘green’ hydraulic fracturing fluids (e.g., CO2, flow-back water, etc.) and evaluate their performances during the stimulation operations, flow back behavior and formation damage caused by the fracturing fluid invasion in the tight/shale reservoirs. 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;
  • Ability to design and run lab experiments under high pressures and high temperatures;
  • Familiar with reservoir simulation software (such as CMG or Eclipse);
  • Expertise on nanoparticles and reservoir geomechanics will be a plus;
  • A well-established research track record with journal and conference papers.
  • 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.

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.

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 “Green hydraulic fracturing fluid” of theme 2 entitled the “Sustainable Hydrocarbon Recovery from Low Permeability Reservoirs”. The successful applicant will commence the Postdoctoral Fellowship no later than January 1st, 2018 but preferably sooner. 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)

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.

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