Postdoc in reactive transport during off-axis hydrothermal circulation in seafloor basalts
University of Calgary
Location: Calgary , Alberta, Canada
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
The Department of Geoscience in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in geochemistry of seawater-basalt interaction during off-axis hydrothermal circulation.
We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral scholar with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, intellectual independence, and a willingness to explore unfamiliar aspects of the geosciences. The research will focus on the geochemistry of seawater-basalt interaction during off-axis hydrothermal circulation. Results from this work will ultimately contribute to improving our understanding of the mechanisms governing CO2 storage in oceanic basalts. The successful candidate will work to characterize past water-rock interaction in samples recovered from the Cascadia Basin in the eastern Pacific Ocean and analogous samples from continentally-exposed sections of the oceanic crust on land.
This position is expected to interact with members of the “Solid Carbon” partnership and will have routine access to the University of Calgary’s extensive suite of analytical tools for characterizing seawater-basalt interaction in the oceanic sub-surface.
Characterize samples of basalt to parameterize kinetically important parameters such as reactive surface area and reaction rates
Compare findings with observed changes in fluid chemistry to develop quantitative constraints on reaction rates
Present and report research results at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Co-supervise undergraduate students’ complementary research projects
Maintain a safe, collegial, interactive, and welcoming research environment
PhD degree, preferably within the last three years, in the geosciences or a closely related field (including but not limited to geology, geochemistry, or hydrogeology)
Familiarity with the fields of geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, and mineralogy
Experience with the geochemistry and kinetics of water-rock interaction
Experience with geochemical and mineralogical characterization techniques
Experience with geochemical modeling and programming using e.g. Python
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Familiarity with cutting-edge characterization techniques, such as high-resolution imaging and/or isotopic tracing of geochemical reactions will be considered an asset
Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.
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About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.
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About Calgary, Alberta
Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.
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.
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.