Research Associate in Carbon Mineralization with Enhanced Metal Recovery, SCI Earth&Atmospheric Sciences. This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA). Competition No. – A104848128 Closing Date – Aug 04, 2022

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.


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.


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.


  • 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

How to Apply

Apply Online

Closing Date – Aug 04, 2022

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

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.

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