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Researcher – Water Resources (12 month term)

This 12 month term position is a part of the Environmental Services Division and is responsible for interactions with clients; technical proposals and contracts; project management; analysis and interpretation of experimental results; scientific reporting including peer-reviewed publication; collaboration and interaction with colleagues across discipline areas; and interaction with external experts and collaborators.


Are you our next Experienced Researcher for Environmental Services? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Are resourceful, creative, and forward thinking; always looking to tackle new challenges and develop innovative solutions to problems
  • Want to make a difference within Alberta’s environmental sector
  • Collaborative by nature and able to work in a team environment across diverse disciplines


We are game changers

InnoTech Alberta, a subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, is a leading research and technology organization serving the needs of industry, entrepreneurs and the public sector. Our leading-edge expertise and industrial-scale research and demonstration facilities accelerate and de-risk technology development and deployment for our clients with a focus on industrial solutions and commercial application.  With over 230 employees, InnoTech operates within several locations across the province, including Vegreville, Edmonton, Devon, and Calgary. We are Alberta’s innovation engine - with 100 years of bold ideas that feed, grow, fuel, and build Alberta’s agriculture, energy, environment, and forestry sectors.  Visit us at:


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Job Details

The Experienced Researcher is an applied water resources specialist, accountable for project development, management, execution, and strategic development of programs within the Environmental Services Division of InnoTech Alberta. 

The Environmental Services Division strives to be the preferred partner for addressing complex environmental and resource management challenges faced by industry and government.  Teams within the division work collaboratively, both internally and externally with multiple stakeholders, to identify, evaluate, monitor and implement solutions to water resources, environmental impacts, biodiversity monitoring, and carbon capture, utilization and decarbonization challenges.

Key areas of interest for the Environmental Services Division relevant to this position include: field-based and/or modelling of water balance, water quantity and water quality evaluations including isotope-based assessments for watersheds; tracing of surface/groundwater interactions; design and implementation of wetland and groundwater monitoring strategies for oil sands operators, regional monitoring programs, and municipalities; mapping, modelling and use of advanced spatial analysis tools including Geographic Information Systems; assessment of climate change impacts on water balance and water availability; development of novel techniques and applications related to stable and radioactive isotope tracers.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ability to support conceptualization, development, and execution of an impactful research program and to effectively convey and disseminate technical results via oral and written media. 
  • Team player with flexibility to contribute to, or lead, multidisciplinary teams of various sizes on complex scientific and policy issues.
  • Technical skills to lead or support water resource investigations including water quality and isotope-based water resources assessments.
  • Manage client engagements to identify research gaps and opportunities, including advancement of partnerships and priority areas for companies, consortia, and stakeholders.
  • Development of new projects or contribution to existing projects or programs by preparing proposals, budgets, and work plans for presentation to external clients to solicit funding support.
  • Use and application of innovative technical capabilities to design experiments, projects and programs, oversee execution, analyze and interpret data, and draw conclusions.
  • Facilitate engagement in multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder initiatives, such as those involving Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), OSM, etc.
  • Coordinate project outcomes including budgets, deliverables, and communications on behalf of the team.
  • Implement work plans, including organizing and overseeing project teams, managing budgets and resources.
  • Provide consultation on projects within the Division and with others to enhance multidisciplinary capabilities.
  • Negotiate and arrange contractual agreements with clients.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to colleagues.


Qualifications and skills we are looking for:

  • MSc or PhD degree in hydrogeology, geochemistry, geology, earth sciences, water resources and/or environmental engineering with emphasis on watershed processes and water resources.   
  • Eligibility for membership with APEGA (P.Geo. or P.Eng.) with specialization in geosciences or geoscience engineering. Current membership with APEGA is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years relevant experience in water resources, hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, and stable isotope geochemistry including watershed processes.  Experience with water resources research related to the energy sector would be considered an asset.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with the following characteristics:
    • Flexibility; ability to work and conduct research independently and/or as part of a multi-disciplinary team under the direction of others
    • Ability to integrate a range of multidisciplinary elements (hydrology, hydrogeology, fate and transport, ecotoxicology, etc.) and tools (e.g., GIS, modeling, etc.) into project conceptualization and execution 
    • Experience with research on groundwater/surface water interactions, water quality evaluation, interpreting water quality data
    • We are especially interested in candidates with knowledge of isotopes and inorganic/organic geochemistry
    • Knowledge and experience with Alberta’s oil sands industry
    • Experience in the assessment of environmental impacts from anthropogenic activities
    • Understanding of priority challenges in Alberta related to water resources
    • Applied research experience, specifically the design of research investigations at various scales, such as site or watershed
    • Experience working in an innovation environment and balancing the science/technical, market, and business development requirements to achieve success


  • Key technical skills include:
    • Multidisciplinary capabilities in an environmental context (i.e., general understanding of various environmental disciplines)
    • Experimental design and analysis (lab, field) at various scales
    • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, technical solutions from multiple industries and sectors to address client needs
    • Willingness to, and experience with, conducting field work
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, GIS and Geomatics software (ArcGIS, ArcHYDRO), statistical methods (PCA, R, MATLAB, SigmaPlot), and programs such as PHREEQC, NETPATH and AQUACHEM, MODFLOW, or similar software would be definite assets
    • The candidate requires a valid driver’s license.


  • Key business skills:
    • Ability to facilitate and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and technical writing skills, demonstrated through technical reports and proposals, and experience in project management
    • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and motivate others
    • Strong organization skills and attention to detail that reflects ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks, competing agendas and heavy client demands
    • People management and leadership skills
    • Ability to coach and mentor junior staff
    • Negotiation, conflict management, problem solving and decision-making skills
    • Basic understanding of contract elements and processes



Why InnoTech Alberta?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business, so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance. 


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.