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Post Doctoral Associate, Life Cycle and Systems Analysis

Job ID: 27437
Location: Main Campus
Updated August 21, 2023

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

Area: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering)

Duration: One Year

Start Date: December 2022 or immediately after that    

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering  at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Processing Modeling and Simulation.

Job Description:

This position will report directly to the Principal Investigator, afaculty member at the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering and director of EERG at the University of Calgary. It involves a wide range of work focused on research projects in carbon capture and utilization (CCU).

This position is located at the University of Calgary main campus. This position is a Fixed-Term, Full Time Employment for the duration of one year commencing from December 2022 with the possibility of extension based on the performance and fund availability.

The EERG team is in search of a competent Post-Doctoral Associate (PDA), preferably a Canadian Citizen or PR of Canada with degrees from multiple institutions, to aid in upcoming projects, to handle the additional workload in catalysis and reaction engineering, and to engage in collaborative research with other universities.

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the University of Calgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University visit our Postdocs website


  • Post-secondary education: Hold a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering (or closely related field) from an accredited university.
  • The candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five years immediately preceding the start date of this posting.
  • Able to perform systems analysis of chemical processes, develop mathematical models, and perform process simulations and life cycle analysis on emerging processes in carbon capture and utilization (CCU).
  • Familiar with energy and environmental research areas, specifically methane reforming, chemical looping, and carbon capture processes (liquid-solvent and/or solidsorbent).
  • Proven track record on process modelling and simulation tools, for instance, using Aspen Plus, HYSYS, Aspen Adsorption, Aspen Custom Modeler (ACM), DWSIM, gPROMS, and/or Fortran and user subroutines.
  • Understanding experimental results to kinetics and breakthrough curves to develop reactor and column models.
  • Perform techno-economic analysis, systems analysis, and life cycle assessment (LCA) of different processes (e.g., reforming, chemical looping, and carbon capture technologies).
  • Prepare, organize, and submit proposals necessary for grant applications.
  • Knowledge and application of Monte Carlo (MC) and Machine Learning (ML) in process/systems modeling will be an added advantage.

* Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application Details:

Applications will be received until 30 November 2022 (or until the position is filled). Only the shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

To apply, please send your application package to Mr. Babak Labbaf at: [email protected]
All applications must include:

  • A cover letter including date of availability, suitability, and motivation for the role, including a summary of past, current, and future research interests and accomplishments
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s).
  • The name and contact information including email addresses for at least three (3) referees who have knowledge of your research and academic experience. 


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 visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering .

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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