[ES_JOBS_NET] Fully Funded PhD Position in Shale Gas Geochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Aug 5 15:45:28 MDT 2014

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From: Bernhard Mayer <bmayer at ucalgary.ca>
Date: Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Dear colleagues:

We invite high caliber applicants to compete for a fully funded PhD
studentship in Shale Gas Geochemistry. Hydraulic Fracturing is one of four
Grand Challenges listed in the University of Calgary’s Energy Research
Strategy and significant internal and external funds have been allocated
towards fostering innovative research on issues related to shale gas
development. The newly recruited PhD student will join a vibrant research
team dedicated to establishing innovative tracer techniques for detecting
and quantifying potential stray gas and saline formation water leakage into
shallow groundwater and surface waters.

Applicants should have solid knowledge in aqueous and gas geochemistry.
Experience in isotope geochemistry is an asset, but not a requirement. The
ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment and fluency in
English are essential. The recruited PhD student will be instrumental in
contributing to a field-based research program with the primary objective
to develop innovative geochemical and isotopic tracer approaches that are
capable of assessing extent and rates of stray gas and/or saline formation
water leakage from unconventional gas plays or overlying formations into
shallow groundwater and surface water systems. The goal is to develop
scientifically defendable techniques for assessing the potential
environmental impact of shale gas development in Western Canada and

The University of Calgary Eyes High Doctoral Recruitment Scholarships will
fund students for four years, at $25,000/year for Canadian students and
$30,000/year for international students. Students must begin their program
no later than January 2015. Applicants must have a GPA higher than 3.5 (4.0
scale) in their last 2 years of study.

Please send inquiries including a short letter of interest and a detailed
curriculum vitae, including contact information for 3 references, no later
than September 15, 2014, to Dr. Bernhard Mayer at: bmayer at ucalgary.ca

Thanks for bringing this to the attention of interested individuals.


Applied Geochemistry Group
Department of Geoscience
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
phone: (403) 220 5389
fax: (403) 220 8514
e-mail: bmayer at ucalgary.ca
web: http://earth.geo.ucalgary.ca
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