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Post Doctoral Associate, Bio-Geo Archaeology, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 22318

Updated: March 2, 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

Area: Organic geochemistry, environmental geochemistry or forensic chemistry

Duration: 1 year with possibility of Renewal

Start Date: July 1, 2021

Salary: $40,000 per year plus benefits


The Department of Geology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Bio-Geo Archaelogy.

Job Description:

The Department of Geology at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Geochemistry or Analytical Chemistry. More specifically, the successful applicant will focus research on Olduvai Gorge biogeochemistry, archaeological residues and stable chemical species in sediments as deep time indicators of behaviour and environment. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in full-time research activities, including field and lab innovation.


  • PhD degree* and expertise in organic geochemistry, environmental geochemistry or forensic chemistry
  • Experience with geochemical methodologies including extraction techniques, GCMS,  LC, FTMS
  • Experience with archaeological contexts desirable
  • Conceptual and methodological innovator
  • Demonstrated track record and research competence as judged by publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and by participation in seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Motivated and organized self-starter, who can work with minimum supervision
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment and ability to supervise and mentor less-experienced co-workers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Willingness and ability to travel to affiliated laboratory facilities

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

Application Details:

Please submit your application package as a single PDF file with the subject line: Postdoctoral application – [Your name] to Mr. Fergus Larter at [email protected]

Applicants are encouraged to apply to this position immediately. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 MDT on Friday, April 30, 2021.
All applications must include:

  • Cover Letter (1 page maximum) summarizing your expertise and how it fits with the job description, as well as your other research plans for the duration of the appointment
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s) / university certificate(s)
  • contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application
  • Short-listed applicants will be required to provide two letters of recommendation

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.

Postdocs who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada are advised to visit Information for International Postdoctoral Scholars for more information. 

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.

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website. 

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

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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.

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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