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Research Associate, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 21776

Updated: November 20, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

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

The Research Associate reports to the Principle Investigator (PI), Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. For this position, we are searching for an experienced candidate with an aptitude for experimental work, analytical thinking and problem solving who is organized, flexible, and can be relied upon to meet deadlines while working on multiple projects. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, and the use of sound judgment are important.

Position Description

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

  • Undertake experimental research activities to improve the energy efficiency of the SAGD process with use of additives like solvents, gases and surfactants. 
  • Write proposals to obtain additional funding from private companies and government agencies.
  • Organize time effectively so that research results are produced by set deadlines that support overall project timelines.
  • Regularly update project team on data collection and analysis, as well as prepare and present reports of these results using excellent technical writing skills.
  • Writing and publishing research papers in high quality academic outlets.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • An earned Ph.D. in engineering is required (preference will be given to a Ph.D. in bitumen related subject)
  • A minimum of five years of industrial experience working with heavy oil or bitumen recovery processes;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of in-situ bitumen recovery technology.
  • Proven ability to work on a variety of issues in collaboration with researchers from a variety of academic disciplines;
  • Ability to communicate highly technical information effectively; proven ability to deliver high quality publications and presentations.

Application Deadline:  December 4, 2020

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Complete application package should be submitted in pdf format and contain the following:

1. Current Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover letter with statement of research experience and interests, and potential contributions to the research project

The Schulich School of Engineering is committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests and talents feel welcome and included. 

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. 

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.


About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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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