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Research Assistant, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

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Job ID: 14312

Updated: November 24, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

This opportunity is currently available for internal applicants only as THERE IS A STRONG INTERNAL CANDIDATE FOR THIS POSITION.

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Fixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This research project is focused on developing methods for the open source PRELIM refinery model. These methods will be carefully designed such that the results can be evenly compared across very different technology pathways. Experience in this area is essential.
Reporting to the Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Energy Technology Assessment in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering,
the primary purpose of this position is to assist the Principle Investigator and support the research team through providing semi-skilled and skilled technical procedures. This includes conducting analysis to assist in the goals of the research. The Research Assistant will record findings to collaborate on publications within the field of the research in both a national and international level. Success in the role will require some judgment and decision making, following procedures and guidelines set by the Primary Investigator, and extensive daily collaboration with the research team

This is a Recurring part-time position with flexible work hours. This position is part of the AUPE Bargaining Unit.

Position Description

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

  • Building new modules, collecting and incorporating new data and testing and validating the model results. The basis of the analysis and model is life cycle assessment
  • Document the methods and analysis conducted in formal online documentation as well as contributing written material to research papers as required
  • Conduct literature review and other research for the research team in scholarly publications when required to
  • Perform standard trouble-shooting on additions made to the model and field questions from users of the model
  • Provide direction or training to new undergraduate and graduate students in the research group
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Recommend changes to processes or procedures
  • Establish and maintain effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, and immediate supervisor
  • Manage own time effectively and ensure immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work
  • Demonstrate understanding of standards, and systems related to specialization

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. Masters of Engineering in Energy Systems would be an asset
  • Minimum 2 years of technical experience and completion of post-secondary education in related discipline
  • 1 to 3 years of related technical experience within the research specialty field, in particular fundamentals of chemical engineering, life cycle assessment, and statistical analysis
  • Experience providing technical support to other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures
  • Ability to work collaboratively with departmental and interdepartmental teams
  • Ability to work independently in performance of day-to-day activities
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Demonstrated strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet skills
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success

Application Deadline: November 23, 2017

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 I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering


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