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Research Technologist, Civil Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

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Job ID: 15742

Updated: July 23, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Civil Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for a Research Technologist . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to Dr. Martin Jasso the successful candidate will cooperate on the research activities of the Bituminous Materials Chair on different projects of characterization and development of new asphalt materials with enhanced engineering properties, studies of colloidal structure of bituminous materials, their rheology, chemistry and aging properties, testing asphalt materials according to the different asphalt specifications and development of new materials and technologies producing environmentally friendly materials with enhanced engineering properties. Major part of the assignment will represent the preparation and testing of paving mixes. 

Position Description

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

  • Perform the routine testing of asphalt materials and paving mixes according to standards
  • Perform advanced testing of asphalt materials by chemical, thermal and rheological methods (FTIR testing, SimDis testing, Extraction methods, Thermo-rheological testing, etc.)
  • Work on the development of new asphalt materials by different methods and technologies (distillation, air-blowing, modification by polymers and/or other means)
  • Ensure that all testing equipment is functioning properly; ensuring that all calibrated equipment is calibrated within its calibration cycle
  • Participation on plant and field trials, under the Chairholder or an appointed coordinator observe the proper workmanship, adhere to the proposed or newly developed technology, collection of the samples
  • Organize the information on used procedures and obtained data in reports to the Chairholder or the assigned coordinator
  • Update and maintain the laboratory Quality Manual
  • Accountable for AASHTO accreditation
  • Understand the safety codes, standards, and systems related to specialization
  • Work with Safety Section to investigate damage, incidents or near misses in the worksite, and ensure proper procedures are carried out according to the University's Safety Program
  • Work in a safe, responsible manner to not intentionally or unintentionally injure oneself, or endanger the well-being of others through reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment and keeping the laboratory and work area clean and safe
  • Establish and maintain effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, supervisor and with the campus community
  • Collaborate with any project teams and research laboratories on other special initiatives, as required
  • Promote a team approach throughout the organization and maintain dialogue with all employees to exchange information and gather ideas
  • Manage own time effectively and ensure supervisor is kept informed of activities, and progress of work
  • Demonstrate strong communication, team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Diploma from technical college (SAIT, NAIT etc.)
  • Experience in the field of asphalt materials, materials testing or similar field is an asset
  • In the case of High School diploma, at least 10 years of experience in the area of asphalt materials
  • Skill in processing data for internal reports in some computer programs
  • Possess ability in PC skills in Office applications
  • Good communication, analytical, and organizational skill
  • Strong capability to work in team, positive and with a can-do attitude

Application Deadline: June 29, 2018

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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