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Research Associate, Marriott Group, Department of Chemistry

Job ID: 31838
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 15, 2024

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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.


The Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 3 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator, and will work in a sour gas research chemistry lab environment, with specialized safety equipment, unique high-pressure lab equipment and facilities. The Research Associate will 

carry out and assist other HQP in advanced research in the area of high-pressure sour gas and acid gas fluid chemistry. Many instruments are built and operated in-house, where creativity and technical skills are paramount. Experience with analytical instrumentation, automated measurement/control software and scientific writing is necessary. The work will also involve providing guidance and assistance to graduate, undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

The key functions for this position are to design and construct the experimental set-ups, interpret the chemical and analytical data collected, assist in constructing thermodynamic models, complete research supplies ordering, assist with in-house programming, oversee internal hazardous assessments for experimental programs, coding of LabView and other monitoring/control software, provide guidance and advice to other HQP. 

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Set up and carry out high-pressure acid gas fluid experiments rigorously and safely, including monitoring through LabView.
  • Collect and interpret research data in a rigorous manner, including various analytical techniques.
  • Provide guidance and training to students and other lab personnel working on the same or related research projects.
  • Operates independently in carrying out assignments and projects within the guidelines of the research.
  • Develops and implements research plans and analysis procedures based on overall research goals.
  • Participate in the design and development of equipment, processes, and procedures.
  • Maintain lab notebook in timely and accurate manner.
  • Manages own time effectively and ensures immediate supervisor and research team are kept informed of activities and progress of work.
  • Conduct literature review, writing reports that meet publication standards, and ensuring awareness of progress world-wide.
  • Conduct regular oral and Power Point presentations on results obtained and write project reports as required.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Education in Chemistry or related Engineering disciplines is required.
  • Knowledge of high-pressure thermodynamics, models and applications is an asset.
  • Experience with several chemical analytical and/or detection instruments is an asset.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and extensive knowledge of data interpretation.
  • Ability to compile, draft, and maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Demonstrated time management skills, including organizing workload and priority setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, and work both independently and within a team environment.
  • Ability to stay organized and work effectively in a changing environment.
  • Experience in using the suite of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in programming in Visual Basic and LabView is an asset.
  • Experience in literature searching, including libraries, web sites and other media.
  • Must demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Must be flexible and perform well under tight deadlines.
  • Willingness to perform any other duties associated with the research project, of an occasional nature, which may be assigned by Research Supervisor.

Application Deadline:  May 29, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 2.

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