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Post Doctoral Scholar, Microfluidics and Flow-structure Interactions, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Job ID: 18927

Updated: July 30, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Microfluidics and Flow-structure Interactions

Duration: One year with the possibility of extension

Start Date: Immediate

Salary: $55,000 per year plus Plan C Health Insurance Benefits

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Microfluidics and Flow-structure Interactions.

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, (GRI). The goal of this research is to dramatically reduce the impact of energy extraction and production 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 several positions to investigate the use of novel additives in Oil Sands Recovery Processes.

We seek applications from qualified and motivated young scientists with a passion for clean energy and interdisciplinary research to fill the following position:
PDF position in microfluidics and flow-structure interactions 

You will work in the area of spatiotemporal visualization of multiphase flows in geomaterial-based microfluidic pores-model geometry where the solid-fluid reaction may alter the geometric characteristics of the pores and fluid dynamics. Integrated microfluidics, confocal microscopy, and micro Particle Imaging Velocimetry techniques will be employed. Applications are related to porous media flows and the understanding of underlying physics in enhanced hydrocarbon recovery processes from underground reservoirs. You are expected to:

  •     Conduct experiments to generate and characterize 3D images of fluid-fluid-solid interfaces with and without flow.
  •     Analyze the images using open-source and commercial packages such as MATLAB and Image J. 
  •     Conduct theoretical or numerical modeling of the experiments
  •     Participate in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students working on various aspects of this research theme.
  •     Write research proposals and articles.


We welcome applications from candidates with a background in engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Physics) or related disciplines with a strong interest in laboratory work, experimental and computational fluid dynamics. A good understanding of chemistry and a strong knowledge on the fundamentals of multiphase flow and geochemistry in porous media are required. Previous experience in Microfluidic, Microscopy, Scientific Computing, and Image Analysis are highly desirable. Relevant background in experimental, theoretical, and numerical simulation of multiphase flow is an asset.

For more information contact Giovanniantonio Natale ( and/or Hossein Hejazi (

All students and post-doctoral fellows will be expected to apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, Killam, AITF, Banting)

In addition, each candidate will be required to work within a team environment and so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is required.

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

Application deadline is October 28, 2019

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.

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 the Institute of Energy visit Careers in the Institute of Energy

About the University of Calgary

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