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Postdoctoral Scholar: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 28313

Updated: March 16, 2023

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Description

Area:         Macro Energy systems: mid transition dynamics in the electricity sector 
Duration:     One year, with possibility of renewal for second year
Start date:     Immediate
Salary:         $53,500 CAD per year, plus Alberta Blue Cross Plan C Health Insurance benefits

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholars in macro energy systems with a focus on mid transition dynamics in the electricity sector. 

Job Description:

The research will be focused on characterizing and quantifying the dynamics of the contraction of fossil fuel-based electricity systems and growth of non-emitting generation, including describing potential pathways of contraction and determining when and how operational issues arise, defining new metrics that can be integrated into existing modeling approaches, and defining and evaluating different solutions to address transition challenges. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for reporting progress updates for funding agencies and may provide supervision and mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students.

The postdoctoral scholar will work with director Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon and have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty, as well within the Faculty of Science, including Arts (Economics), Engineering, and Law.

The initial appointment is for one year, with funding available for renewal for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Science or Engineering from a relevant discipline, or other field with evidence of significant analytical experience. Clear interest in interdisciplinary work should be expressed in the cover letter in relation to the proposed work.

Excellent data management skills are essential, as well as the ability to work autonomously, in addition to:

  • demonstrated experience and background in energy systems, electricity, and decarbonization;
  • effective communication skills and ability to work booth independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group involving interdepartmental, faculty and external stakeholders;
  • strong communication skills (both written and verbal), including strong listening skills
  • continuous learning and development, and willingness to accept new challenges and assignments
  • time management skills to effectively manage own time with a strong ability to prioritize to meet deadlines and multiple commitments

Application details: 

Please email your application as a single .pdf document on or before April 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM MDT via email to [email protected].

All applications must include:

  • a cover letter including date of availability, suitability, and motivation for the role, including a brief summary of past, current and future research interests and accomplishments
  • a current curriculum vitae (CV);
  • a copy of two recent, peer-reviewed journal/chapter publications or conference presentations, and;
  • the name and contact information including email addresses for at least two (2) referees who have knowledge of your research and academic experience

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

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

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 Faculty of Science.

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


About the University of Calgary

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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 has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).


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