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Post Doctoral position at university of Calgary


Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Position Description

Postdoctoral Researcher: Fracture and mechanical stratigraphy of sedimentary rocks

Area: Hydromechanics small-scale fluid injection field experiment

Duration: Two years     

Start date: August 31, 2022 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 is accepting applications for two (2) Postdoctoral Scholars in the study of fracture and mechanical characterization of sedimentary rocks. 

Job Description:

Research will be carried out with the overall aim of characterizing the geomechanical behavior of fractured rock mass during hydraulic fracturing. The postdoctoral researcher should have a geoscience background with experience in petroleum geology, sedimentary rock descriptions, supplemented by rock mechanics and fracture characterization of outcrops or cores. It would be beneficial if the candidate has knowledge of petrophysical well logs, hydraulic fracturing, and geological mapping software. The positions are for 2-year appointments at the University of Calgary. The postdoctoral researcher will integrate multidisciplinary data sets, provide oral and written research summaries and project synthesis reports, and write papers for publication in internationally-leading journals.



•    The applicant must have a PhD* in geology or a closely related discipline

•    Experience in petroleum geology 

•    A strong record of publishing first authored peer-reviewed research

•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills

•    Applicant must be capable of working in a self-directed manner within a multidisciplinary team environment

•    Preference will be given to those with Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or work permits

*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 application online using the ‘Apply Now’ button on or before May 22, 2022 at 11:59 pm MDT. Review of applications will begin on May 23 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Apply through the link at the bottom of this post.

All applications must include:

•    A cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role;

•    A 2-page resume; and

•    Contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application.

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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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone. For more information visit research.ucalgary.ca/postdocs.

About Calgary, Alberta

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.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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 academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (equity@ucalgary.ca) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (hrhire@ucalgary.ca).


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