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Post Doctoral Researcher - Techno-socio-economics of Energy Pathways

Job ID: 17082

Updated: December 6, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

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" 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 improve hydrocarbon recovery, while reducing emissions and energy intensity, we are looking to fill a Postdoctoral position to conduct research in the area of energy systems analysis, energy balance calculations, and techno-socio-economic assessment for analysis of energy pathways and transitions. The successful candidate will produce research for the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) as part of the CFREF and CERI collaboration. Founded in 1975, CERI is an independent, registered charitable organization specializing in the analysis of energy economics and related environmental policy issues in the energy production, transportation, and consumption sectors. CERI's research contributes to understanding the opportunities and challenges regarding the development of energy resources and to the impact of such development on the economy and environment of the country.

We seek applications from qualified and motivated scientists with a passion for clean energy and interdisciplinary research. The successful candidate will be required to work within a team environment. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must.


  1. PhD degree in engineering or science or energy-related area;
  2. Experience or awareness of energy systems analysis, life cycle assessment;
  3. Demonstrated ability to understand energy technologies;
  4. Demonstrated good knowledge of project management, time management, and problem-solving skills;
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships and facilitate collaboration between diverse groups
  6. Excellent team player;
  7. Fast learner with ability to quickly conduct literature searches and topic research;
  8. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and excellent networking skills;
  9. Strong organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to handle large, diverse data sets with deadline driven workload;
  10. Experience in scientific report, contract and grant writing;
  11. Knowledge of university environment;
  12. An ability to work independently and with minimal supervision;
  13. Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment and to demonstrate a high level of tact, diplomacy, and discretion;
  14. Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheets, database (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).

Postdoctoral position offers a stipend of $55,000 CAD/year for 2 years, plus benefits, travel and computer allowance. Postdoctoral fellow may apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, Killam, AITF, Banting).

Application details:

Applications should consist of a current CV, a list of 2-3 referees with contact information and a cover letter indicating which area you are interested in, as well as your availability. The position is available immediately and the search will continue until the team is assembled. Applicants should send all the relevant documents to Dinara Millington at

In assembling the CFREF research teams, aggressive diversity and equity targets are in place and so applications from under-represented groups are encouraged.

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, the candidate must have 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.

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 about opportunities in energy research visit Careers in the Institute of Energy at University of Calgary.

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

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. 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.

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 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 professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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