Post Doctoral Scholar in Mobile Methane Sensing

University of Calgary



Position Description

In 2016, the University of Calgary was awarded $75 million, over seven years, from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for its initiative entitled: Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources. The goal of this research is to dramatically reduce the impact of energy extraction and energy use on the environment.

As part of the implementation of its GRI scientific strategy and to improve hydrocarbon recovery, while reducing emissions and energy intensity, we are looking to fill a Postdoctoral position to A central focus of the research associated with this position is developing and testing an IoT-enabled sensor payload and cloud-based system to collect, process, and report methane emissions from oil and gas facilities. This research will enhance an existing hardware and software system for vehicle-based methane sensing. This is a joint project between the Departments of Geography and Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary.

The successful candidate will be expected to work within a team environment and have regular interactions with faculty, other postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students at the University of Calgary, so excellent communication skills are a must. Publication of peer-reviewed papers in high-impact scientific journals is an expectation of this position.

We seek applications from qualified and motivated scientists with a passion for clean energy and interdisciplinary research. Successful candidate will be required to work within a team environment and so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must.


  1. PhD in atmospheric science, engineering, geomatics or related fields and strong analytical and computational skills
  2. Experience with IoT, cloud computing, and integrated multi-sensor systems is desired

Postdoctoral position offers a stipend of $55,000 CAD/year for 2 years, plus benefits, travel and computer allowance, and operating budgets. Postdoctoral fellow will be expected to apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, Killam, AITF, Banting).

Application details: 

Applications should consist of a current CV, a list of 2-3 referees with contact information and a cover letter indicating which area you are interested in, as well as your availability. The position is available immediately and the search will continue until the team is assembled.

In assembling the CFREF research teams, aggressive diversity and equity targets are in place and so applications from under-represented groups are especially encouraged.

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment. Please review the Eligibility page for more information prior to applying for this position.

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about Careers in Energy visit Careers in Energy.

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

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

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.

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