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Research Associate, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

Job ID: 26567

Updated: August 5, 2022

Location: Main Campus

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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 & Petroleum Engineering within the Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Research Associate will report directly to the Principal Investigator, faculty member of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department. The Research Associate will work in a multi-disciplinary research group which requires a team player with excellent communication and multifunctional skills and the ability to deliver the required tasks on time.

The Principal Investigator leads a large research group focusing on nanotechnology and its applications in oil and gas industry including enhanced heavy oil upgrading and recovery, inhibition of asphaltene formation damage, asphaltene gasification, natural gas processing and conditioning, oil spillage remediation, and produced and wastewater treatment, and removal of pharmaceutical active species from drinking water.

The Principal Investigator's group are working on government and industry funded projects ranging from environmental remediation to energy production, to design and configure process for hydrogen production and waste processing to mitigate carbon emission. The main goal is to improve oil quality, optimize natural gas processing, reduce gaseous emissions and improve water recyclability using innovative technologies.

Position Description

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

  • Conducting the fluid mechanics research targeted for the drag reduction of fracking fluids applied in oil and gas production operations using various equipment, including a rheometer, dynamic and static foam stability analyzer, and a pilot-scale friction loop apparatus
  • Studying the interfacial dilatational properties of various systems targeted for the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications, carbon capture and storage (CCS) applications, and the detergent industry
  • The study of fluid flow in porous media both by experiments and simulation
  • Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for the previously mentioned roles
  • Data analysis, compilation, and development of presentations for status updates and reporting for the Principal Investigator, the team, and additional stakeholders across the university
  • Full scope project management from initiation to closing.  This includes, but is not limited to developing project timelines, leading project team members, providing status updates, and creative problem solving
  • Drafting a variety of documents including proposals, business cases, and grant applications

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc/PhD degree in Chemical Engineering with a petroleum engineering specialization from an accredited university
  • Minimum 3 years recent, related experience
  • Solid knowledge of reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, fluid mechanics, and mathematical modeling
  • Proven experience of coding (python preferred) and the ability to use machine learning algorithms for image detection and analysis research
  • Hands-on experience operating and modifying equipment in a chemical engineering laboratory
  • Previous research related to foam stability, interfacial phenomena, and enhanced oil recovery
  • Proven experience in the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles
  • Experience in using commercial reservoir simulation software is an asset

Application Deadline: August 12, 2022 

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 1.

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We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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