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Senior Researcher, In-Situ Recovery


InnoTech Alberta is seeking a Senior Researcher for our In-Situ recovery team within our Energy Services Division. The Senior Researcher will be responsible for interactions with clients; technical proposals and contracts; project management; analysis and interpretation of experimental results; collaboration and interaction with colleagues; and interaction with external experts.


Are you our Senior Researcher, In-Situ Recovery? 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 energy sector working from Calgary
  • Are collaborative by nature and able to work in a team environment across diverse disciplines
  • Have a post graduate degree in chemistry or physics
  • Have a strong interest in the oil and gas sector


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:


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

Within the Energy Division, a senior researcher is accountable for project and program development and management including application of technical expertise, design of experiments and testing programs, and active direction of staff in the execution of projects. This position will be responsible for technical leadership in in-situ recovery projects, focussed on improving oil and gas recovery for western Canadian operators.  Our experimental research/contract projects investigate multiphase fluid flow in porous media in order to develop technologies that improve the production of oil and gas. InnoTech is also developing several projects in the area of alternative energies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Develop new projects and programs by preparing proposals and budgets for presentation to external clients to solicit funding support.
  • Use and apply innovative technical capabilities to design projects and programs (including experiments), oversee execution, analyze data and draw conclusions.
  • Act as a Calgary based convenor in the Energy Industry to coordinate collaborative multi-stakeholder initiatives.  Coordinate project outcomes including budgets, deliverables, and communicate 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 multi-disciplinary capabilities.
  • Negotiate and arrange contractual agreements with clients.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to employees.


Qualifications and skills we are looking for:

  • PhD degree in experimental chemistry or physics; extended work experience may be substituted for education credentials, if appropriate
  • Key technical skills include:
    • experimental design and analysis (lab, field) at various scales
    • solid knowledge of fluid behavior and multiphase flow
    • apply multidisciplinary technical solutions to address client needs
  • Key business skills include:
    • Ability to facilitate and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
    • Self-starter that can articulate tasks and effectively delegate, encourage, and monitor the progress of others
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and project management skills
    • Strong written communication skills, demonstrated through technical reports and proposals
    • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
    • Demonstrated ability to produce required outcomes 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 process


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. 


Additional Information


At InnoTech Alberta, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from all backgrounds to apply.  


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.