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Research Assistant, Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 15406

Updated: May 10, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Geoscience in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 4 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Assistant will report to the Principal Investigator of the Gas Migration Field Research Project [GMFRP]. Duties involve technical research in the field and lab geosciences. This work will require safety training, such as: WHMIS and H2S Awareness, and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions. Working conditions may involve exposure to hazardous substances. The position also requires local area travel and, on occasion, working outside of a regular work day hours. The main function of this position is to assist graduate students, research associates and collaborators working on the GMFRP with field and lab work associated with measuring surface casing vent flow and gas migration (mostly methane) from leaky petroleum wells. The intern will receive on-the-job training in basic methods for the collection of field measurements, core and/or groundwater sampling, lab analyses and report-writing.

Position Description

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

  • Demonstrate strong work ethic and punctuality, particularly when coordinating field work with industry partners.
  • Demonstrates initiative in literature and equipment review in preparing for field and lab activities, as well as safety/emergency protocols.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative professional relationships with team members and industry partners.
  • Demonstrates appreciation for access to private lands to conduct field work by: following protocols defined by regulatory authorities / industry partners, conducting well-organized field visits with conscientious set-up and tear-down of equipment, and exhibiting awareness of quality control measures for data and results management.
  • Keeps meticulous field logs, including environmental conditions, equipment calibration results, challenges experienced and assumptions made during data collection.
  • Ability to complete scheduled tasks with or without direct supervision, and demonstrate competency in following established protocols.
  • Maintain a safe working environment through adherence to the Field Work Safety Plan, as approved by supervisor.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • BSc in Geoscience
  • Experience with field and/or lab work
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Physically fit and able to perform fieldwork outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Experience drafting/updating spreadsheets, reports and presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Certification (or willingness to obtain) required safety training, such as WHMIS, H2S and First Aid
  • Valid Class 5 driver's license; successful Police Record Check required
  • Competent with MS Office; experience with Geosoft is an asset
  • Ability to handle emergency situations in a calm and effective manner
  • Knowledge of University of Calgary culture, policies, procedures and operations

Application Deadline:  May 4, 2018

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 General Job Family, Phase I.

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 Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

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