University of Alberta

Research Associate

EN Civil & Env Engineering

Competition No.  -    A104133339D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Engineering is looking for a Research Associate to join the Engineering team in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Research Associate will undertake innovative research as part of Professor Chalaturnyk's Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group (RGRG) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. This research group works in several areas related to unconventional in situ energy resource recovery and geological storage and containment of fluids. The main areas will be the Coupled Reservoir Geomechanics numerical simulation program, the laboratory experiments in conducted in GeoRef, and the Situ Geomechanical data acquisition program. The research group receives funding from several sources including the Federal and Provincial Government, Federal and Provincial research institutes, industrial sponsors and research service contract.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Participates in overseeing the general operations of the RGRG with the Principal Investigator and the RGRG Level II Research Associates providing quality assurances and quality control to ensure that this research meets international standards
  • Defines research objectives for RGRG's Coupled Reservoir Geomechanics Simulation program, GeoRef experimental program, and in Situ Geomechanical data acquisition program
  • Manages and helps with the development of numerical simulation tools and codes for the Coupled Reservoir Geomechanics Simulation program to provide to RGRG researchers and program sponsors
  • Manages the senior staff and researchers in RGRG's GeoRef Laboratory to ensure experiments are conducted efficiently at international standards
  • Budgets, aids in designs, procures, and aids in construction or modification required experimental systems related to unconventional reservoir Geomechanics experiments including temperature, pressure, stress and displacement controls and measurements
  • Manages the development of in situ tools and associated field programs for the in situ Geomechanical data acquisition
  • Budgets, aids in design, procures, and aids in construction of in situ and down hole measurement tools for obtaining in situ stress and rock/soil properties
  • Performs administrative duties at the managerial level; this will include writing yearly reports for research program sponsors including industry and government and develop budgets for research activities
  • Performs computing management services including procuring hardware and software and managing hardware and software for all members of the research group
  • Works with local machine shops and industry to build and test experimental tools
  • Writes research papers and presents research results at international meetings
  • Directly supervises undergraduate and graduate students, including (a) working on data analysis and interpretation in the laboratory and (b) collecting field data at work sites provincially, nationally and internationally
  • Fosters communications with off campus research partners. This will include providing research updates and discussing future needs of both industry and government partners in Alberta and Canada

The successful candidate will be a senior researcher with an established track record in reservoir Geomechanics research, with a strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, a proven record of managing or coordinating a large scale research team, and has participated and developed research tools/equipment for numerical simulation, laboratory experiments, and field tests.

Additional qualifications include:

  • PhD Degree in the field of Geomechanics, geotechnical engineering or civil engineering with a focus on reservoir Geomechanics
  • 10 or more years of experience working in reservoir Geomechanics research related to CO2 storage and/or unconventional resources including: thermal recover, CBM, and/or shale gas
  • 10 or more years of experience with software suites from Itasca, CMG and Paradigm
  • 10 or more years of experience working in oil filed related studies, showing the ability to interact with oil field drillers and on site oil filed personal
  • Strong record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals or peer reviewed conferences
  • Experience with managing or coordinating and budgeting for research groups and with writing research grant applications and reports for industry and government bodies
  • Experience creating innovative software tools related to coupled reservoir Geomechanical simulations
  • History of designing, budgeting, procuring and building laboratory reservoir Geomechanical experiments and with building tools related to acquisition of in situ Geomechanics data in an oil field environment
  • History of executing laboratory experiments on difficult materials related to reservoir Geomechanics
  • Familiarity with computer IT, networking, and High Performance Computing and how software interacts with hardware
  • Strong skills using: MS Excel, MS Word, MS Power Point, Google Docs, c++. Visual Studio and Visual Basic
  • Strong hands-on mechanics skills, and understanding of machining and construction
  • Ability to communicate with machinists to select materials for experimental tools
  • Excellent communication (reading, writing, speaking and comprehension) skills

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to a culture of effectiveness, trust and execution. Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter that outlines how you would contribute to this type of culture and why you feel you are the right fit for this position. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has a term of 1 year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.