Local recruitment: Researcher, Hydrologist/Hydrogeochemist

InnoTech Alberta

Calgary, AB, Canada 🇨🇦

This position is a part of the Environmental Services Division and is responsible for business development; technical proposals and contracts; project and program development and management; analysis, interpretation, and communication of experimental results; and collaboration and interaction with colleagues, clients, and external experts, primarily in water quality and quantity assessments involving environmental and/or industrial stressors.

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

  • Highly motivated, results-oriented Hydrologist/Hydrogeochemist
  • Collaborative by nature and able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative team
  • Enjoy tackling new technical challenges and developing innovative solutions to problems
  • Are resourceful, creative, and forward thinking
  • Have ability to adapt to a dynamic schedule and to work both independently and as part of a team

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: InnoTechAlberta.ca

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

The Researcher is accountable for project development, management, and execution within the Environmental Services division of InnoTech. The Environmental Services Division strives to be the preferred partner for addressing complex environmental, natural resource management and greenhouse gas management challenges. Our collaborative work with the Government of Alberta and industry has contributed to the province’s reputation as a world leader in environmental monitoring, integrated data analysis, risk analysis, and carbon capture and storage technology. Our teams develop and validate processes and technologies that enable more efficient, effective, and economical environmental monitoring and management. We achieve this through identification, evaluation, monitoring and validation of solutions to address industry needs in environmental impacts and risk evaluation, integrated monitoring, asset retirement and environmental management. We support industrial decarbonization toward net-zero emissions through development, validation, and demonstration of carbon capture and utilization and methane reduction technologies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Project Management and Technical Expertise

  • Develop and manage execution of applied research and development programs and projects including:
    • Definition and monitoring of project schedule, budget, and scope of work
    • Managing projects and forecasting project workforce and asset allocation ensuring effective and optimal scheduling and delegation of tasks.
    • Managing project outcomes ensuring deliverables of commensurate quality
    • Prepare and present client reports and publish results in the scientific literature.
    • Engagement with clients and project stakeholders to validate scope of work and change orders, provide progress updates, and manage expectations.
    • Summary and analysis of water resources and geochemical data, interpretation of results, integration of data with information from other sources, and application of the results to support industry-sponsored projects, public policy, and natural resource management and environmental stewardship across Alberta.
    • Study Design, Data Collection and Report Writing
  • Use and apply innovative technical expertise and capabilities to:
    • Integrate and evaluate water quantity and geochemical data to inform decisions on water resource management by industry proponents, policy makers and/or stakeholders.
    • Prepare and/or deliver reports and presentations for clients, publishing work in peer-reviewed journals as appropriate
    • Contribute to development of codes, standards, and best practices to support client qualification requirements
    • Enhance the team’s capabilities and capacity to provide related services to clients including professional development, procurement of capital assets, and development of unique facilities
    • Complete field and laboratory work
    • Provide consultation on projects within the Division and with others to enhance multi-disciplinary capabilities
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to junior employees.
  • Adhere to corporate project management and workplace health and safety standards.

Business Development and Client Engagement

  • Provide support and apply technical expertise in business development efforts, including:
    • Engagement with external clients and stakeholders to identify business opportunities
    • Monitoring and analyzing industry market intelligence, industry best practices, and emerging trends and championing identified business opportunities
    • Preparing program and project proposals and budgets for presentation to external and internal clients to solicit funding support
    • Facilitating client discussions and convening events to enable collaborative joint industry projects and multi-stakeholder initiatives to address common industry challenges 
    • Negotiating and arranging contractual agreements with clients
    • Supporting Division’s branding and market positioning initiatives including representing InnoTech Alberta at tradeshows, conferences, and workshops

The position will be based in InnoTech Alberta’s Calgary Research Park location.

Qualifications and skills we are looking for:

  • Education and Experience Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in Earth Sciences or related discipline
    • 4-5 years of experience working in the field of water resources, hydrology, or hydrogeology
    • Knowledge and experience with Alberta’s oil sands industry and familiarity with Microsoft Office, SigmaPlot, GIS and Geomatics software (ArcGIS, ArcHYDRO) , statistical methods (PCA, R, MATLAB), and programs such as PHREEQC, NETPATH and AQACHEM or similar software would be definite assets.
    • We are especially interested in candidates with knowledge of isotopes and inorganic/organic geochemistry, with strong spatial and statistical analytical skills. 
  • Key Skills and Abilities:
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to apply technical solutions from multiple industries and sectors to address client needs
    • Strong project management and delivery skills
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal communication, and presentation skills
    • Strong written communication skills, technical writing skills demonstrated through technical reports and proposals
    • Ability to facilitate and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
    • Strong organization skills and attention to detail that reflects ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks, competing agendas and heavy client demands
    • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and proactive
    • People leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to coach and mentor junior staff
    • Negotiation, conflict management, and decision-making skills
    • Basic understanding of contract elements and process
    • Flexible to work and conduct research independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative team.
    • Be willing to conduct field work
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
    • Valid driver’s license

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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development