Civil & Environmental Engineering – Research Associate

University al Alberta

Location: AlbertaDate posted: 2021-06-03Advertised until: 2021-08-02

Competition No. – A104138391D1
Closing Date – Jul 02, 2021 

The Centre for Computational Geostatistics (CCG), which was founded in 1998, is an internationally-recognised research organisation and also an industry consortium (supported by 32 companies) operating at the University of Alberta. The CCG currently accommodates two Research Associates and 20 students conducting research projects at both Masters and Doctorate levels. The main objectives of CCG are to develop novel methodologies with the associated software tools in order to advance research in Geostatistics and to produce highly-qualified researchers and practitioners who are recognised internationally. We are currently seeking a highly motivated Research Associate candidate to join our group and contribute to our applied research and teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate levels) activities in many ways. The appropriate candidate will work as an independent researcher developing advanced methodologies for geoscience applications, and will be expected to provide high-quality teaching in geostatistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This position reports to the Director of CCG.


The duties and responsibilities of the Research Associate position are given as follows:

  • Develop and carry out independent research for CCG
  • Communicate and share the research ideas that may lead to a novel methodology for the industry-related problems
  • Prepare manuscripts from the research outputs for publication in the high-ranking scientific journals
  • Provide supervision for the undergraduate and graduate students conducting research projects at masters and doctorate levels
  • Organize and manage graduate student seminars
  • Assist in industry projects
  • Present the research outputs at CCG’s annual meetings, scientific conferences and meetings of the technical society of professionals (i.e., CIM, AusIMM) Review scientific papers in consultation with the supervisor
  • Prepare professional teaching materials for the classes delivered to undergraduate students, graduate students and industry professionals
  • Deliver high-quality classes to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to professionals from the industry
  • Establish a robust network of contacts from both industry and academia
  • Perform administrative duties including writing reports for the research outputs and preparing research proposals for the competitive research grants
  • Consult on industry-partnered projects
  • Publish scientific papers


The successful candidate is expected to have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • PhD degree in mining engineering with a preferred focus in geostatistics. Completion of a certificate program or a specialised training in geostatistics is considered an asset.
  • At least five years of research and teaching experience at an internationally renowned university
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applied geostatistics, concepts and methods required for modelling heterogeneity and uncertainty associated with the spatial phenomena
  • A demonstrated track record of quality publications in scientific journals
  • Experience in supervising undergraduate and graduate students
  • Computer programming skills with established competence in statistical and geostatistical tools such as R, Python and GSLIB
  • A successful completion of an industry-partnered research project
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and contribute to the on-going research activities in the group
  • Possess good communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, organisational, and time management skills

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of two years with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits ( with an annual salary range of $58,210 – $80,050.

Craft a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the Faculty of Engineering’s culture of effectiveness, trust and execution, and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter and your resume. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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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