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Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Geoscience

Job ID: 19517

Updated: October 20, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Reactive transport during carbon storage in seafloor basalts

Duration: Up to 3 years, depending on progress and funding

Start Date: January 2020 (negotiable)

Salary: ≥$45,000/year plus benefits – negotiable based on funding, qualifications, and experience

The Department of Geoscience in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position funded for up to 3 years by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions working on a joint project between the Universities of Calgary, British Columbia, and Victoria.

Job Description:

The project is aimed at understanding the processes governing CO2 storage in oceanic basalts.  More information about the scale and scope of the project may be found here: https://www.uvic.ca/news/media/2019+solid-carbon-partnership+media-release.  The successful candidate will employ a reactive transport modeling approach to assess the feasible rates of CO2 injection at Ocean Networks Canada’s Cascadia Basin site in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and adapt this approach to the evaluation of other prospective sites globally.  Hydrogeologic and reactive transport modeling of the associated processes will be the primary focus, with additional work effort dedicated to performing fluidrock reaction experiments at conditions matching those in the study area to calibrate the modelling efforts.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in the geosciences or a closely related field, including but not limited to geology, geochemistry, or hydrogeology.  Experience using hydrogeological and/or reactive transport models is imperative.  Familiarity with performing water-rock interaction experiments will be viewed favorably. The position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, intellectual independence, and a willingness to explore unfamiliar aspects of the geosciences.

The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Drs. Benjamin Tutolo and Rachel Lauer at the University of Calgary and Dr. Laurence Coogan at the University of Victoria, in collaboration with Dr. Gregory Dipple at the University of British Columbia and other members of the “Solid Carbon” project partnership team.  They will have routine access to the University of Calgary’s Advanced Research Computing cluster and hydrogeologic, geochemical, and reactive transport modeling software as well as an extensive suite of experimental and analytical tools for performing and characterizing water-rock-CO2 interaction experiments. 
 
Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Simulate the fate of injected CO2 under a wide range of pumping scenarios and hydrological conditions in close collaboration with the project’s engineering team
  • Smulate leakage scenarios and develop recommendations for detection in close collaboration with the project’s technological acceptance team
  • Use the model results to parameterize a simplified model of CO2 injection and storage that can be used as a preliminary tool for screening other areas of the ocean basins, and work with team members to develop this into an open access web tool 
  • Perform fluid-rock reaction experiments to parameterize and calibrate the reactive transport models
  • Present and report research results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Co-supervise undergraduate students’ complementary research projects 
  • Maintain a safe, collegial, interactive, and welcoming research environment
Qualifications:
  •  A PhD in geoscience or a related field, preferably within the last three years
  •  Firm grasp of hydrogeology and aqueous geochemistry
  •  Experience with hydrogeological 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 (benjamin.tutolo@ucalgary.ca).   Please also direct any inquiries about the position to Dr. Tutolo.

Required documents:

  • A 1-page cover letter expressing interest in this position
  • A CV with a list of all publications
  • A 1-page research statement summarizing previous research experience
  • The names and contact information of at least two referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience 

 
More information about ongoing work in our research groups at the University of Calgary and the University of Victoria may be found at: www.lauer-geofluids.xyz , www.geoscience.ucalgary.ca/reactive-transport/ and web.uvic.ca/~lacoogan/Site/Laurence_Coogan.html

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.

 

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 Geoscience visit Careers in the Faculty of Geoscience.

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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 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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