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CERC Research Associate - Ionic Liquids, VP Research

University of Calgary

Position Overview

The Office of the Vice President, Research invites applications for a CERC Research Associate - Ionic Liquids. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs Program integrates new materials, chemistry, micro- and nanomaterials science, and engineering technologies related to interactions of materials and geomaterials with a focus on ionic liquids. The candidate will focus on the applications of ionic liquids for oilsand tailings pond treatment, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) from oil sands, heavy oil reservoirs and unconventional reservoirs, and separation of phases and components within phases found in subsurface reservoirs and in surface facilities. The candidate will be expected to identify and contribute to novel applications such as friction reduction, corrosion inhibition, and production of advanced materials. Contributing to answering fundamental and applied questions related to innovative, more sustainable strategies is essential. The candidate will be responsible for providing well-developed, consistent technical support to students and researchers that are involved in the CERC research program.

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

 Apply broad experience in the design and synthesis of ionic liquids to solve problems in the separations field, including separations related with the oil industry
 Designing, conducting and analyzing data from experiments involving applications where one of the phases is an ionic liquid and the other phase of interest could include crude oil, granular solids, water containing a wide range of dissolved solids (including tailings ponds materials), nanoparticles and gases, from air to light alkanes to CO
 Preparation of samples for determination of organic and inorganic analytes
 Designing separation, flow and displacement processes of multiple fluid phases with interface mass transfer
 Able to determine flow regimes including concurrent flow of two or more fluids and displacement of one fluid by another in porous media or in a fracture through porous media
 Work with the Principal Investigator to ensure the research is conducted effectually
 Interest in performing hands-on analytical work such as involvement in experimental design or modifications to achieve research objectives
 Perform complex and analytical functions, with attention to detail, in an environment where errors have high impact
 Strong ability to troubleshoot many different types of technical application difficulties

 Assist and support the Principal Investigator with development and implementation of the strategic vision of the research project(s) and research group
 Responsible for the training and mentoring of students in established lab protocols to maintain consistency with these procedures. The implementation of new protocols when appropriate
 Participate in the collection and preparation of materials for research project proposals, grant applications and peer-reviewed publications
 Establish and maintain effective and productive relationships with immediate supervisor, collaborators, faculty, staff, and students which is critical to success
 Assist and support the Principal Investigator with identifying and pursuing national and international funding opportunities
 Work collaboratively with interdepartmental, departmental and external teams

 Assist with presentations and reports for internal meetings, as well as reporting outcomes to industrial partners

Qualifications / Requirements:
 Completion of a PhD in Analytical Chemistry.
 3 - 5 years' experience as a postdoctoral fellow is required.
 Strong background working with ionic liquids especially relating to interactions with materials and geomaterials occurring in all stages of hydrocarbon production.
 Track record of publications as first author.
 Experience collaborating with the writing of national and international grant proposals.
 Broad experience in the design and synthesis of ionic liquids is required.
 Skillful in designing, conducting and analyzing data from experiments.
 Practical experience in the preparation of samples for determination of organic and inorganic analytes and a knowledge of chemometrics.
 Knowledgeable in the separation of multiphase mixture methods, phase behavior and transport properties in multiphase mixtures.
 Understanding phase behavior is essential for designing separation, flow and displacement processes of multiple fluid phases with interface mass transfer.
 Demonstrated experience and technical background in the operation, maintenance, and monitoring of complex technical equipment used in a chemical petroleum engineering lab within safety guidelines including Mass Spectrometer, Gas Chromatographers, Liquid Chromatographers, Densitometers, Viscometers, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA).
 Effective communication skills desired so can work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group involving interdepartmental, faculty and external stakeholders, as well as ability to work independently.
 Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications and other programs including OriginPro and ChemDraw.
 Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments.
 Manages own time effectively with a strong ability to prioritize to meet deadlines and multiple commitments.
 Completion of WHMIS training.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2019

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 Technical Job Family, Phase II.

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