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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Geoscience, Aqueous Geochemistry, Carbonate Diagenesis, Department of Geoscience

Job ID: 15753

Updated: June 13, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Geoscience, Aqueous Geochemistry, Carbonate Diagenesis                        
Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of extension depending on progress and funding
Start Date: 1 September 2018        
Salary:   ≥$45,000/year plus benefits – negotiable based on qualifications and experience

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. The project, funded for two years by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, is aimed at understanding the processes governing silicification of carbonate rocks during diagenesis.  The project will employ a combined experimental, analytical, and modeling approach to examine the role of dissolved organic molecules in mobilizing and transporting silica during carbonate diagenesis.  Thermodynamic and reactive-diffusion modeling of these diagenetic reactions will also be an important focus.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in the geosciences or a closely related field, including but not limited to geology, geochemistry, or sedimentology.  Experience performing aqueous geochemical experiments and using geochemical equilibrium and/or reactive transport models is highly desirable.

The candidate will be based in the Tutolo Reactive Transport Group, which is part of the Department of Geoscience, and will have routine access to an extensive suite of analytical tools, including (MC)-ICP-MS, ICP-OES, GC-MS, FT-ICR-MS, NMR, Raman and SEM microscopy, and high performance computers outfitted with geochemical modeling and thermodynamic software, all hosted at the University of Calgary.  The position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, intellectual independence, and a willingness to explore unfamiliar aspects of the geosciences.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform batch and reactive-diffusion experiments examining the interactions between silica and organic molecules in aqueous environments
  • Analyze experimental run products using analytical techniques geared towards both solid and fluid characterization
  • Run reactive-diffusive simulations of silica behavior in diagenetic environments
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Maintain a safe, collegial, interactive, and welcoming research environment


  • PhD in geoscience or a related field, preferably within the last five years
  • Firm grasp of aqueous geochemistry
  • Research experience in an aqueous geochemical laboratory, preferably performing experiments and analyses
  • Experience with geochemical and/or reactive transport modeling
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Application details:  

Applications, consisting of a single PDF file combining the four documents listed below, should be emailed directly to Dr. Benjamin Tutolo (

Required documents:

  • One-page cover letter expressing interest in this position;
  • CV with a list of all relevant publications
  • One-page research statement summarizing previous research experience
  • Names and contact information of at least two referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience  

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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