Postdoctoral scholar opening: Energy system modeling and analysis

Position Description

Area: Energy System Modelling and Analysis

Duration: One year, with possibility of renewal

Start Date: Immediate

Salary: $55,000 CAD per year, plus a comprehensive benefits package

The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for one (1) Postdoctoral Scholar focusing on building a Canadian energy system optimization model using the TEMOA modelling framework. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be housed in the Department of Civil Engineering. They will be part of an interdisciplinary team working to assess the role of chemical fuels (e.g., hydrogen, synthetic fuels) in meeting Canada’s 2050 net-zero goal by developing a Canadian energy system model.

Job Description:

The successful applicant will focus on development of the energy system model and applying the model to evaluate the role that chemical fuels can play in decarbonizing different sectors of the Canadian economy, with a special focus on heavy industry and transportation. They will work closely with project investigators with interdisciplinary backgrounds from engineering, public policy, economics, and law; and will have the opportunity to mentor graduate (PhD and MSc) students working on applying the energy system model to evaluate decarbonization options in different sectors.
The initial appointment is for one year and may be renewable for a second year, contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, climate science, environmental science, physics, economics or related field awarded and will have demonstrated skills in energy system modelling or systems-level assessments. Clear interest in interdisciplinary work in the area should be expressed in the cover letter.

  • The candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five years immediately preceding the start date of this posting.
  • Experience with energy system modelling frameworks (e.g., TEMOA, OSeMOSYS, TIMES) and methods.
  • Strong written communication skills, preferably demonstrated by writing peer-review publications and technical reports.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group involving students and faculty from a range of backgrounds, as well as external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Efficient organizational and time management skills in setting priorities and accomplishing tasks within deadlines.

Application Details:

Apply via the UCalgary Careers web portal (Careers at the University of Calgary ( before May 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm (MDT). All applications must include:

  • A cover letter that explains your motivation and fit for the role, including a brief summary of past, current and future research interests and accomplishments, and a firm date of availability.
  • Your current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • An official (or unofficial) copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s).
  • The name and contact information including email addresses for at least two (2) referees who have knowledge of your research and academic experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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  • Application deadline: May 01, 2023
  • University of Calgary
  • Civil Engineering
  • Calgary, Canada
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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