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Postdoctoral Scholar, Applied Geochemistry group, Department of Geoscience

Job ID: 22560

Updated: April 22, 2021

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

Area:             Produced Fluid Geochemistry and Gas Migration in Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs    
Duration:      Two years     
Start date:    July 1, 2021 or earlier
Salary:          $55,000 CAD per year, plus Alberta Blue Cross Plan C Health Insurance benefits
The Department of Geoscience in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Applied Geochemistry group. 

Job Description:
We are seeking a postdoctoral associate in the Applied Geochemistry group in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) under the supervision of Dr. Bernhard Mayer. The successful candidate will use geochemical and isotopic data and modeling approaches for flowback and produced fluids from oil and gas wells in Western Canada and elsewhere to investigate water-rock-gas interactions in low permeability hydrocarbon reservoirs, evaluate the origin of produced fluids, and develop tracer approaches suitable for detecting cross-formational flow. A complementary research focus will be to investigate the extent of chemical and isotopic fractionation during formation and migration of natural gas in shales. The role involves significant communication at various levels in academia and industry. Hence, excellent communication skills and a high level of productivity in terms of peer-reviewed publications are expected. 


  • The applicant must have a PhD* in geology with specialization in geochemistry, or a closely related discipline. 
  • Previous experience working with geochemical and/or isotopic data is required. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • The applicant must be capable of working in a self-directed manner within a team environment.
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills to provide support to other members of the project team.

*To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, you must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment end date. Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:  
The successful applicant will commence the Postdoctoral Fellowship no later than July 1, 2021. Evaluation of applications will start on April 25, 2021. 

For full consideration, please submit your applications online using the ‘Apply Now’ button on or before Sunday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.

All applications must include:

  • a cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including statement of research interests / goals statement, and a list of publications / manuscripts. 
  • current curriculum vitae (CV); 
  • official or unofficial copy of diplomas / university certificate(s); and
  • contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position. The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

Information about the Department of Geoscience can be found online

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 Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

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