[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc positions in Accelerated Carbonation of Mine Wastes

Erika Marín-Spiotta emarinspiotta at gmail.com
Thu Dec 14 12:20:57 MST 2017

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From: "Ian Power" <ianpower at trentu.ca>

*Three postdoctoral research positions in accelerated carbonation of
ultramafic mine wastes*

*The Opportunity:*

We invite applications for *three postdoctoral positions* in environmental
geochemistry/biogeochemistry at the University of British Columbia, the
University of Alberta and Trent University. The successful applicants will
conduct laboratory technology demonstrations leading to field pilot
projects for carbonation of ultramafic mine tailings. The ultimate goal is
to pave the way for carbon neutral mining.

We are seeking motivated and creative postdoctoral researchers to
characterize the extent of passive CO2 sequestration (carbon
mineralization) that has already occurred in mine tailings, to assess the
potential for further CO2 emissions offsets, and to develop laboratory- and
field-based trials for accelerated carbonation of ultramafic mine tailings.

Successful candidates will have opportunities to conduct fieldwork and
experiments at operating mines. The postdoctoral researchers will become
part of a dynamic research network that spans three Canadian universities
(University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, Trent
University) and two Australian universities (University of Queensland, Bond
University), with opportunities for inter-laboratory collaboration and

*Institutional information:*

*The University of British Columbia *is a global centre for research and
teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the
world.  Research
in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
(www.eoas.ubc.ca) spans
studies of the Earth's deep interior, near-surface geology, the
environment, Earth's oceans & atmosphere, and other terrestrial planets.
Rich collaborations, both internal and external to the department, study
the complex interactions in Earth systems and provide access to outstanding
instrumentation and expertise.

*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 and resource geology are signature
strengths in EAS, which has superb in-house analytical facilities for
research in these fields (https://www.ualberta.ca/

*Trent University* is in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Trent possesses
extensive facilities for field- and laboratory-based research in
environmental geoscience including the Trent Water Quality Centre (
www.trentu.ca/wqc) that is one of the most advanced analytical laboratories
in Canada, with a comprehensive array of mass spectrometry facilities. The
School of the Environment is one of Canada’s largest environmental
sciences/studies departments and hosts over 25 faculty conducting research
to solve society’s most pressing environmental challenges.


Each 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, campuses 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 candidates 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 advantageous.

Candidates should have superior skills in one or more of: clay mineralogy,
quantitative X-ray diffraction, 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.

*Trent:* The position at Trent University will be based in the
Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory (www.envgeolab.com) with Dr. Ian
Power, Canada Research Chair Tier II in Environmental Geoscience, in the
Trent School of the Environment.  The successful applicant for this
position will have excellent laboratory skills in experimental aqueous
geochemistry, experience in field-based experiments and characterization of
Earth materials, and an outstanding publication record.

*Alberta:* The position at the University of Alberta will be based in Dr.
Siobhan (Sasha) Wilson’s laboratory. Applicants for this position should
have superior skills in environmental mineralogy, including clay
mineralogy, and X-ray analytical techniques. Experience with synchrotron
experiments, field-based experiments and environmental monitoring is

*UBC:* The position at UBC will be based in the lab of Prof. Greg Dipple
and will join a team of graduate and undergraduate students and postdocs
integrating field, experimental, and reactive transport modelling of carbon
mineralization. Specialization in low-temperature geochemistry, mineralogy,
and isotope geochemistry is sought.

*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 and cost
of living in the city of appointment. Healthcare benefits are provided as
part of the terms of employment.

*Commitment to diversity:*

*Alberta:* 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.

*T**rent: *Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and
inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified
candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with
disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation
during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a
document/publication, please contact ianpower at trentu.ca.

*UBC: *Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open
and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been
underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of
groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C.
Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital
or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or
Indigenous person.

*How to apply:*

            Review of applications will begin on 15 January 2018 until the
positions are filled. Successful candidates will be expected to commence
work by March 2018 or thereabouts. Applications should consist of a (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 carbon.mineralization at gmail.com
<kimberlite.carbonate at gmail.com>. Queries about this opportunity should be
sent to the same email address.
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