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Postdoctoral Scholar in Geomechanics and Seismology

Job ID: 32116
Location: Main Campus
Updated June 13, 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.


Area: Geomechanics and Seismology
Duration: 2 years
Start date: September 1, 2024
Salary: $55,000 CAD per annum, plus University of Calgary Plan C health benefits

The Department of Earth, Energy and Environment in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Geomechanics and Seismology.

Job Description:

The Consortium for Distributed and Passive Sensing (C-DaPS) is a joint project hosted by the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. The focus areas of C-DaPS cover microseismic monitoring, geomechanics, structural geology, induced seismicity, DAS, data processing, machine learning and InSAR. CDaPS has a proven track record of strategic, world-class research, award-winning training and success in finding creative solutions to some of the most daunting challenges faced by the energy industry.

Under the supervision of Dr. David Eaton, the postdoctoral scholar will perform research on the communication of pore pressure between saltwater disposal wells. Within this role, the postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged and supported to build and strengthen an independent program of research. The goal of this research is to characterize time and distance scales of interactions for a set of neighbouring wells that are injecting into a permeable disposal zone. The project will develop methodologies and insights for forecasting potential interwell communications, with application to induced seismicity from energy technologies including geological carbon sequestration. Data from downhole pressure gauges installed in observation wells will be used to map pressure variations within the disposal formation. Observations will be compared with theoretical and numerical models to estimate hydrological parameters of the reservoir. This research position will include collaborative work with industry.


  • PhD completed within 3 years of the beginning of the appointment; if degree is still pending it must be awarded before August 31, 2024.
  • Knowledge of and experience with geomechanics.
  • Knowledge of and experience with numerical simulation of subsurface processes.
  • Knowledge of and experience with seismology is an asset.
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to work independently and to multitask.
  • Excellent attention to detail is a must.
  • High level of effective time management, personal initiative, and teamwork.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills is essential, including evidence of first author publications.
  • Strong team skills as this position will have a high degree of interaction/contact with industry professionals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional attitude.
  • Ability to thrive and deliver results in a fast-paced team environment.

Application details:

Please submit your application via email to Dr. David Eaton ([email protected]). A complete application includes a cover letter [3 pages maximum], a current CV, names and contact information for three references, as well as a writing sample (e.g., a first-authored manuscript written by the applicant). Consideration of applications will begin on 2 July 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary, please see

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

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.

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

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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