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Research Associate in Carbon Mineralization with Enhanced Metal Recovery

SCI Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Competition No.: A104848128
Closing Date: Aug 04, 2022

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and annual salary range of $58,210 – $80,050. This position has an approximate appointment of 2 years and will be renewable thereafter.

Location: Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people-from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department/Faculty

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta offers interdisciplinary approaches to diverse teaching and research themes. One of the largest and best supported departments in Canada, it has an international reputation for leading-edge research. Undergraduate programs parallel the research themes and include Environmental Earth Sciences, Geology, Paleontology, Human Geography and Planning.

The Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department was established in 1995 when the former departments of Geology (1912) and Geography (1957) were merged. EAS has more than 50 faculty members, and over 120 graduate students, and is recognized for its scholarly achievement, excellence in teaching and research, and service to the community.

Position

The Research Associate will (1) conduct applied research in carbon mineralization with enhanced metal recovery, write first-author academic research papers and prepare reports for industry stakeholders (70%). They will (2) co-supervise graduate and undergraduate research students (15%), (3) participate in writing competitive grants (5%), and (4) contribute to the management of the Environmental Economic Geology Laboratory (10%). The primary responsibilities relating to (1) are: leading a field-based pilot experiment; conducting field sampling of minerals, rocks, waters and microbes; laboratory analysis of field and experimental samples; and geochemical and/or crystallographic modeling. There will be opportunities to travel to Australia and the United Kingdom to work with collaborators. Responsibilities relating to (2) involve co-supervision of master’s and doctoral students in the laboratory group as well as co-supervision of undergraduate research assistants and honours students. This includes supporting publication of student manuscripts as a co-author. For (3), responsibilities include co-authorship on competitive grants and collaborative research contracts with industry. Responsibilities relating to (4) involve providing support to the PI for management of laboratory and field safety and for ordering consumables for laboratory research.

Duties

  • Field research including project management for a field pilot experiment
  • Design and conduct of laboratory experiments and analysis of field and laboratory samples
  • Publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts as lead author and as a co-author
  • Co-supervision of research students at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Serving as a co-author and co-investigator on competitive grants and collaborative research agreements

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in environmental mineralogy, geomicrobiology or metallurgy (including geometallurgy)
  • Experience studying mineral-fluid and/or mineral-microbe interactions relevant to carbon and/or metal cycling
  • Experience working on industry geochemistry or metallurgy projects
  • Clear, written communication skills to effectively write manuscripts, grant proposals and annual reports to stakeholders
  • Experience writing and publishing scientific manuscripts
  • Experience with mentoring graduate and undergraduates students
  • Experience organizing field research in remote and rural environments
  • Experience with large-scale experiments (e.g., field-based experiments or pilot projects)
  • Project management experience

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

If interested, please apply: https://apptrkr.com/3172155

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.


Postdoctoral Researcher: Accelerated Carbonation of Mine Tailings and Brines

Commitment to diversity:
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.

The Opportunity:
We invite applications for one postdoctoral position in environmental mineralogy and geochemistry in the Environmental Economic Geology Laboratory at the University of Alberta. The successful applicant will conduct laboratory studies and field pilots for carbonation of mine tailings and waters generated by the minerals and energy industries. The goal of this work is to develop and implement novel solutions for carbon negative mining.

We are seeking a motivated and creative postdoctoral colleague to develop laboratory- and field-based trials for accelerated carbonation of (1) hard rock mine tailings and (2) waters produced by oil and gas extraction.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to conduct fieldwork and experiments on campus and at operating mines. The postdoctoral researcher will become part of a dynamic research team led by Dr. Siobhan (Sasha) Wilson with opportunities for inter-laboratory collaboration and exchanges.

Institutional information:
The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, Canada near the Rocky Mountains. It is one of Canada’s largest post-secondary institutions, and the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), with more than 55 faculty, is one of its largest and highest impact Earth Science departments. Geobiology, biogeochemistry, mineralogy and resource geology are signature strengths in EAS, which has superb in-house analytical facilities for research in these fields (https://www.ualberta.ca/earth-atmospheric-sciences/).

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Earth sciences or a closely allied field. They will be independent, creative thinkers, and team players who can work across fields and with industry partners as part of a large, interdisciplinary group. Fluent English is required for the position and a full driver’s licence is beneficial. The candidate must be technically capable in the laboratory and have experience doing fieldwork in mining environments and/or remote localities. Experience conducting field-based experiments is highly advantageous.

Candidates should have superior skills in one or more of: clay mineralogy, quantitative X-ray diffraction, stable isotope geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, electron and X-ray imaging techniques including synchrotron-based techniques, soil geochemistry including field-based monitoring, carbonate sedimentology, geomicrobiology, resource geochemistry, mine site remediation, and carbon mineralization.

Terms of appointment:
The initial appointments will be for a period of 1 year, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and funding availability. Salary is dependent on experience of the candidate. Healthcare benefits and 4 weeks of paid leave are provided as part of the terms of employment.

How to apply:
Review of applications will begin on 22 June 2022 until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be expected to commence work by August 2022 or thereabouts. Applications should consist of (1) a short cover letter addressed to the hiring committee that outlines how the candidate fulfills the requirements of the position, (2) a full CV, (3) a 1–2 page letter of research interests that aligns with the project, and (4) a list of contact information for no less than 3 referees. Applications should be sent as a single PDF to sawilson@ualberta.ca. Queries about this opportunity should be sent to the same email address.


M.Sc. and Ph.D. Projects in Sustainable Mineral Resources, Biogeochemistry, and Environmental Behaviour of Minerals

Commitment to diversity:
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.

Position description:
Applications are welcome at any time for M.Sc. and Ph.D. projects in the Environmental Economic Geology Laboratory at the University of Alberta. Graduate researchers will join an interdisciplinary research team under the supervision of Dr. Siobhan (Sasha) Wilson.

Our team is always looking for independent, creative and collaborative students who are interested in developing new ideas (1) to improve the environmental sustainability of mineral resource extraction, (2) that forward our understanding of how biology affects pore water chemistry and mineralogy in sedimentary environments, and (3) that provide insights into how the properties and behaviours of minerals shape environmental change from tiny pores to the landscape scale.

Applicants should have an Honours bachelor’s degree (for the M.Sc.) or a master’s degree (for the Ph.D.) in Earth or environmental sciences, chemistry, materials science or a closely allied field. Previous laboratory or field research experience in mineralogy, aqueous geochemistry or biogeochemistry is advantageous. Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis as positions become available for January or September start dates. Successful applicants will have opportunities to conduct experiments in the laboratory, field and/or at synchrotron light sources as well as fieldwork in natural and/or mining environments in Canada and possibly abroad. Research students will have opportunities to work together on projects to build new expertise and to collaborate with postdoctoral subject experts on the team.

How to apply:
Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the relevant degree at the University of Alberta. To apply, please provide (1) a copy of your full CV, (2) a short cover letter describing your research experience and interests (this can be in the form of an email), (3) copies of university transcripts (unofficial ones are fine), and (4) the names of no less than 3 academic references. These should be sent to Sasha Wilson at sawilson@ualberta.ca. Please address questions about research projects to the same email account. Please note that the availability of graduate projects is subject to current funding conditions and the availability of positions.