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, TIMS, ICP-OES, GC-MS, LC-MS, FT-ICR-MS, NMR, XRD, a fully outfitted stable isotope facility, 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.
More information about ongoing research in the Reactive Transport Group may be found at: www.geoscience.ucalgary.ca/reactive-transport/
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
Applications, consisting of a single PDF file combining the four documents listed below, should be emailed directly to Dr. Benjamin Tutolo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also direct any inquiries to Dr. Tutolo. The ideal start date is 1 September 2018. Tentative application deadline is 1 August 2018, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
1) A 1-page cover letter expressing interest in this position;
2) A CV with a list of all publications
3) A 1-page research statement summarizing previous research experience
4) The names and contact information of at least two referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience
A PhD in geoscience or a related field, preferably within the last five years
Firm grasp of aqueous geochemistry
Excellent written and oral communication skill
Research experience in an aqueous geochemical laboratory, preferably performing experiments and analyses
Experience with geochemical and/or reactive transport modeling
About University of Calgary Department of Geoscience
The University of Calgary offers a collegial, bustling geoscience community and world-class instrumentation in a modern city at the heart of the Canadian energy industry, just over an hour from the Canadian Rockies. Calgary was once again ranked the 5th most liveable city in the world in 2017 by The Economist, and has been deemed both the sunniest and cleanest city in Canada.
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.