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Lab Technician, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 19455

Updated: October 9, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Lab Technician . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Low-salinity EOR Research Group (LSERG), and will provide technical assistance in construction and performance of tests related to low-salinity waterflooding research.

Position Description

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

  • Set up laboratory experimental apparatus, prepare test fluid and rock samples, run experiments with full compliance with OHS standards
  • Set up and assemble testing apparatuses for: (i) displacement tests under temperature and pressure representing site-specific reservoir conditions, (ii) rock-fluid contact angle measurement at an elevated temperature and pressure, and (iii) spontaneous imbibition
  • Prepare test rock and fluid samples as per specifications
  • Conduct of experimental tests, data acquisition during tests, analysis
  • Ensure that proper procedures are followed at all times through education of staff and users in the laboratory
  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of analytical lab (including equipment, inventory and chemicals)
  • Ensure safe handling practices for hazardous materials and process equipment
  • Consult with supervisors regarding possible improvements and upgrades of lab equipment and procedures
  • Responsible for identifying and disposing of known and unknown chemicals
  • Promote a culture of safety in the laboratory setting
  • Ensure that all work is completed on time and professionally
  • Train graduate students and other researchers in the lab on safe laboratory operations to equipment, tools and protocols
  • Draft safe-operating-procedures (SOP) for lab equipment and ensuring WHIMS compliance

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Diploma or degree with in peroleum engineering or in a cognate discipline, preferably with some hand-on experience in laboratory testing for displacement studies
  • Demonstrated knowledge and hands-on experience of how to operate and design coreflooding experimental apparatuses
  • Prior work experience in petroleum engineering research and/or service laboratories 
  • Skills to assemble experimental pieces together with flow lines, valves/fittings and pressure transducer
  • Basic knowledge of electricity and electronics 
  • Specialized knowledge and experience in high-precision displacement pumps 
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System certificate (WHMIS) certification 
  • Knowledge of MS Office computer products is required along with proficiency in standard laboratory data acquisition software
  • Able to carry out duties independently, with minimal supervision
  • Understand basics for calibration of analytical equipment
  • Proven good judgment and problem solving skills
  • A proven ability to interact with staff members and users of the facilities, in a pleasant helpful manner
  • Ability to closely follow strict safety standards to avoid toxic chemical exposure
  • Ability to follow instructions for testing and instruction, while taking initiative for troubleshooting
  • Having the flexibility to work as a member of a team or independently as required
  • Keeping records and performing procedures used for data encoding and quality verification
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all related data, documents and communications (both verbal and written) related to the project

Application Deadline:  October 23, 2019

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.

Additional Information

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

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.


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