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Postdoctoral Scholar - Spectrophotometry based Soil Contamination Detections using AI, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 22606

Updated: April 7, 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

Postdoctoral Scholar position

Area:                  Spectrophotometry based Soil Contamination Detections using AI

Duration:            2 years

Start date:          Immediate

Salary:               40,000 to 50,000 $CAD per year, plus University of Calgary Plan C Benefits

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Spectrophotometry based Soil Contamination Detections using AI.

A position is available in the Multifunctional Engineering Dynamics and Automation Lab ( at the University of Calgary for a postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team developing a novel way to measure and fuse sensor signals using spectrophotometry. The work will also involve development, design, AI, modeling, testing and application aspects of contamination detection methods. The candidate will closely working with the sponsoring company.

The postdoctoral researcher will be closely collaborating with sponsors and will formulate proposals.  In addition, the researcher would mentor other team members.  


  • Candidates must have a PhD* or equivalent in Engineering or a related field with a focus in one or more areas, including Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering.
  • Familiarity or background in artificial intelligence is an asset.
  • The applicant should be motivated and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The successful candidates will have a proven record of success and be able to conduct research independently as well as part of a 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: 

For full consideration, please submit your applications on or before April 30, 2021 via email to Dr. Simon Park ([email protected]).

This position is located in Calgary, Alberta. The successful candidate is expected to relocate if necessary, to begin work as soon as possible.  All applications must include:

  • a cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including general research/goals statement, sample publications or manuscripts
  • current curriculum vitae (CV);
  • official or unofficial copy of diplomas / university certificate(s); and
  • contact information including email addresses for two (2) references to support the application.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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

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Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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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