Thread: Post Doctoral Scholar, Distributed Acoustic Sensing, CFREF

Started: 2020-02-04 22:19:07
Last activity: 2020-02-04 22:19:07
Institution: University of Calgary
Open Until: 2020-04-01

In 2016, the University of Calgary was awarded $75 million over seven years from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for its initiative entitled: Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low carbon Unconventional Resources. The goal of this research is to dramatically reduce the impact of energy extraction and production on the environment. As part of the implementation of the GRI scientific strategy we are looking to fill two Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) positions in applications of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) methods for unconventional hydrocarbon development, within Theme 2 of GRI Tight Oil and Gas.

We seek applications from qualified and motivated scientists with a passion for optimizing hydrocarbon recovery and interdisciplinary research to fill the following positions.

Job Description:
This project aims to use combined passive seismic monitoring together with Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) observations to achieve a better understanding of dynamic interaction between hydraulic fracturing growth and bedding plane/fracture/fault systems. Both PDFs will work under supervision of Professor David Eaton. The PDF candidates will be expected to apply a high level of expertise in processing, interpretation and simulation of DAS observations, with a particular focus on applications to the surveillance of hydraulic fracturing and seismicity. Publication of peer-reviewed papers in high-impact scientific journals is an expectation of this position.

-Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in geophysics or a related field
-Strong communication capabilities with proactive attitude
-Expertise is sought in a combination of the following areas: seismology, geomechanics, geophysical signal processing, proficiency in scientific programing. Strength in 2 or 3 of these areas are expected. It is up to the applicant to demonstrate these strengths
-Ability to initiate and develop original scientific research projects
-In addition, the successful candidates will have outsanding research track records as evidenced by journal of conference publications
-Previous experience with DAS data processing and interpretation is an asset
-An interest in commercialization is a requirement for one of the positions

Appointments will be for 2 years with a $55,000/year stipend. The successful candidate will be required to work within a team environment, so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must.

Application details:
For more information and to apply for this position, contact David Eaton (eatond<at> Review of applications will commence on April 1, 2020 and continue until suitable applicants are identified. Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to follow the rules outlined by the Department of Geoscience.

Applicants should submit a single-page cover letter indicating your availability, a two-page CV, single page statement of major research accomplishments and interests and a list of three referees with contact information. Consideration of applications will commence on April 1, 2020 and the successful applicant will commence the Postdoctoral Fellowship on August 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Note that the Postdoctoral Scholar can be appointed at any time (even before the application deadline), so early application is encouraged.

In assembling the CFREF research teams, aggressive diversity and equity targets are in place and so applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged .

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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