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Research Assistant - Green Catalysis Research Group, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 20799

Updated: June 29, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering in Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI), the research assistant in Green Catalysis Research Group (GCRG) is responsible for conducting research in heterogeneous catalysis and its application in clean energy and environmental control under the PI's guidance and by following the outlined procedures developed by the PI. There is moderate impact of error. The research assistant will conduct daily operation independently and standard trouble-shooting when necessary in a typical chemical engineering laboratory environment. Knowledge in working with hazardous materials is required. The qualified candidate should demonstrate strong communication, analytical, and organization skills and can work collaboratively with departmental and interdepartmental teams. The research assistant has the freedom to determine his/her own work schedule as long as the important deadline can be met. The chosen research assistant may provide direction or training to other junior group members if needed.

The majority of the work is expected to be completed during normal working hours (8:30 to 4:30) to a maximum of 35 hours per week. There is a possibility that the incumbent will be required to work outside these normal working hours.


Position Description

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

  • Keep abreast of relevant developments in the industry and academia
  • Develop new catalysts and enhancing the efficiency of existing catalysts to upgrade crude oil
  • Perform upgrading experiments to get meaningful results
  • Critically analyze the collected results to draw convincing conclusions
  • Work close with scientists and engineers to assist their research projects
  • Conduct routine lab equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Develop high quality project progress report
  • Prepare manuscript for publication on high impact journal

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • M.Sc. degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, or related fields
  • Knowledge of crude oil upgrading
  • Familiarity with laboratory testing equipment
  • Catalyst characterization such as BET, FTIR, TGA, GC/MS experience preferred
  • Experience in oil and gas industry
  • Organic chemistry or related field experience as an asset
  • Proficient with MS (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Ability of working independently and in a team with effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Organization with proven time management and detail-oriented skills
  • Ability to self-motivate and take initiative
  • Strong problem-solving skills with innovative, creative thinking

Application Deadline: July 13, 2020

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 1 .

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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