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Research Associate - Green Catalysis Research Group, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

University of Calgary

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Research Associate - Green Catalysis Research Group. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately two years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI), the research associate in Green Catalysis Research Group (GCRG) will be collaborating on operating and maintaining complex technical equipment, performing experiments, analyzing results, preparing manuscript, report, and presentation drafts, writing proposal, and providing guidance to other undergraduate and graduate students in the group.

The majority of the work is expected to be completed during normal working hours (8:30 to 4:30) to a maximum of 35 hours per week. There is a possibility that the incumbent will be required to work outside these normal working hours.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
• Responsible for organic synthesis, evaluation, and its physical and chemical properties measurement using analytical instruments
• Provide junior group member(s) direction and training on proper operating procedures in the lab
• Responsible for safe and proficient operation of research labs that includes full responsibility for all high sensitive analysis equipment as well as provides periodic maintenance and technical support
• Help PI maintaining a good financial circumstance for the group through keeping track of all the research expenditures
• Provide professional recommendation to the PI for new group member recruitment
• Responsible for experimental results interpretation and dissemination in a format of progress report submitted to the sponsor, conference paper, invention disclosure, and peer-reviewed journal article
• Develop standard operation protocol of analytical instruments in the lab
• Responsible for lab equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
• Assist students, staff and faculty in planning, design, procurement, installation, operation, modification and repair of all research units and analysis equipment
• Ensure all safety, fire and health regulations are implemented in the labs and must also maintain records of equipment and chemicals stored in the labs

Qualifications / Requirements:
• Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or related fields
• 5 - 8 years of relevant R&D or work experience in research institute and company
• Industrial working experience is an asset
• Thorough knowledge and creative application of fundamental scientific and engineering principles, with strong background in chemical process
• Strong background and proven track record in recruiting and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students or lab technicians
• Proficient in organic synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation
• Creative problem-solving and strong critical thinking skills
• Strong expertise in developing industry acceptable analytical protocol for product quality control
• Understanding of technical and economic implications of novel process technologies on industrial processes, with cost estimation experience desirable
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization as well as other researchers
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and within team environments is essential
• Experience in the scientific method of planning, developing, reviewing and reporting experiments
• Skills in Process engineering especially in environmental technologies and energy systems
• Knowledge of First Aid and understanding of fire and safety, transport of dangerous goods and WHMIS certification is also an asset
• Ability to react and to think quickly in crisis and emergency situations

Application Deadline: April 28, 2020

To apply please visit the University of Calgary Careers page: Job Opening 20366 -

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.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

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.

About the University of Calgary
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