Graduate Opportunity

    Post-Doc Opportunity - Potash mine water reclamation research

    Posted February 26, 2014

    The Project: 

    The International Minerals and Innovation Institute (IMII) and its three member companies in the potash mining industry will fund the industry-driven research project for 2 years starting in May, 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will be exposed to a collaborative, multidisciplinary research environment with scientists from the Canadian Light Source ( and technical experts from the potash mining industry in Canada.

    The candidate should have completed a Ph.D. degree in environmental science or engineering, geochemistry, environmental chemistry, geomicrobiology, or in other programs closely related to environmental science and engineering. Experience in geochemical modeling, molecular biology techniques and/or microscopy work is an asset. Expertise in statistical data analyses (e.g., SPSS Statistics), the capacity to produce journal publications in a timely manner, and strong written and oral English communication skills are required. Professional communication and leadership skills will be valuable assets during the research project for collaborating with technical experts in the industry.

    Preferred qualifications: An ideal candidate for the position has a strong background and research experience related to clay surface modification, cation/anion exchange reactions, geochemical modeling (PHREEQC), mine water chemistry, molecular biology techniques and statistical experiment design, data analyses and interpretation. Experience in setting up soil columns and scale-up experiment design and operation is also an asset. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to independently conduct experimental research projects. It would be an asset for the candidate to be qualified to register with the Association of Professional Engineer and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS).

    Starting Date: Between May and July 2014 (earliest preferred)


    Conditions: Initial appointment is for one year at first, renewal for another year upon mutual satisfaction and funding availability will be possible. Salary will follow the university standard for a postdoctoral fellow (

    How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing how their background, experience and qualifications match the position, a full CV and the names and contact information of at least two references in a single PDF file to Dr. Won Jae Chang ( Consideration of applications will begin in March, 2014 and will continue until the position is successfully filled.

    Other Information: Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to drive the described experimental research program and mentor undergraduate and graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D. students) on a daily basis in the lab. Writing manuscripts, grant proposals, and technical progress reports for submission and publication in timely manner will also be required.