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UToday HomeFebruary 14, 2013

Joule Bergerson, a researcher in chemical and petroleum engineering, and David Eagle, professor in the Faculty of Arts are recruiting postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors at the University of Calgary. Photo by Riley BrandtJoule Bergerson, a researcher in chemical and petroleum engineering, and David Eagle, professor in the Faculty of Arts are recruiting postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors at the University of Calgary. Photo by Riley BrandtThe University of Calgary is moving forward in its effort to attract some of the research world’s most promising talent to Calgary.

The recruitment of more than 60 new postdoctoral scholars was identified in October as a key component to helping the University of Calgary reach its Eyes High strategic vision.

“The University of Calgary is at the forefront of some exciting work in many disciplines and we need to attract talented people who want to be a part of this,” says Ed McCauley, vice-president (research). “Our capacity to undertake innovative research and bring new ideas into the university is essential to delivering on our Eyes High strategic vision.”

Following a university-wide application process, 65 researchers received approval to recruit new postdoctoral scholars with specific skill sets to advance their research. Postdoctoral scholars are individuals who have recently completed their doctoral studies and are engaged to conduct advanced research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Joule Bergerson is one such researcher. Her work focuses on the analysis of the life cycles of energy systems and its application to policy and commercial decision-making. This new initiative will enable her to broaden the expertise of graduate students she supervises in the interdisciplinary Energy and Environmental Systems Specialization program.

“Most of the students in this graduate program who trained in chemical engineering do not have the skills required to conduct systems modeling and statistical analysis research,” she says. “The graduate students will benefit greatly from working with a postdoctoral scholar with these skills and will be able to apply it to their own research.”

The website to support the initiative went live in November — at the same time as a series of national advertisements in the Globe and Mail — while the first profiles of researchers actively seeking postdoctoral scholars for specific research projects were added this month. The advertised positions are expected to be filled between April and December 2013.

The website is designed to make it easy for prospective applicants to review potential research supervisors and find research opportunities that appeal to them.

Professor David Eagle, director of the Sonic Arts Lab in the Faculty of Arts, is seeking someone to focus on the composition, programming and realization of a series of new works for musicians performing over the high-speed Cybera research network.

“We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar with excellent communication skills and a creative mindset for both artistic projects and scientific design applications,” he says. “This program provides a unique opportunity to develop both the techniques and an individual artistic voice to become a leading researcher in this innovative field.”

The postdoctoral scholar hires are just one aspect of the university’s investment in the best minds for its classrooms and labs: there are also 50 open positions for assistant professors in key disciplinary areas and across all faculties.

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