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Research Assistant, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

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Job ID: 13596

Updated: August 23, 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 Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Part-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 2 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Primary Investigator (PI), the Research Assistant (RA) will primarily focus on research and training to support the NSERC CREATE program in Materials for Electrochemical Energy Solutions. The position will be based in the laboratory, working with graduate and undergraduate researchers on experimental research. The person will work independently and will be responsible to ensure the work is performed correctly, but the PI will regularly review work to ensure quality and completeness and to advise on complex matters and to provide feedback.

Stress resulting from work pressure is minimal; however, mistakes would impact the credibility and reputation of the University.

This is a part-time (3 days / 21 hours per week), fixed term position for two years.

Position Description

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

  • Establish a positive working relationship with CREATE Trainees and other researchers working in the laboratory
  • Train researchers on the use of specialist electrochemical equipment, as well as instruments for materials characterisation and sample analysis
  • Carry out experimental research on electrochemical research projects as agreed with the PI
  • Work with sponsors, the PI, and other collaborators to analyse data on electrochemical research projects
  • Prepare periodic progress reports for funding agencies and sponsors
  • Prepare draft research articles for submission to peer reviewed journals
  • Present research findings at group meetings, local, national and international conferences
  • Participate in bi-weekly group meetings with other research team members
  • Other related duties as required and assigned

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering or a related field
  • Two to three years of experience of experimental research on electrochemical projects
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), as well as strong listening skills are required
  • Team-working and collaboration skills
  • Strong organizational, time management and problem solving skills, while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Must be highly goal-driven and exhibit the ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Able to work within a collaborative setting with others to set clear priorities while managing multiple timelines and objectives
  • Intermediate computer skills including proficiency with statistical softwares such as R, Microsoft Office suite of programs, navigating the internet, and utilizing email are also required

Application Deadline:  August 22, 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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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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