This is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate from Chemical Laboratory Technology (CLT) Program or equivalent to join the Centre of Energy in Research and Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions (CERCUTS) Research Group within the Department of Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) at renowned SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Polytechnic. The main responsibilities will be providing assistance in the areas of Natural Resources and Clean Technologies associated with produced water and drinking water and waste water treatment, high temperature and pressure systems, air quality monitoring, soil remediation and development waste to value products. These projects may include experiments associated with prototyping and their functional testing, bench and pilot scale operation and various chemical testing and instrumentation using standard methods, ASTM methods, EPA methods or equivalent. This may include industry quality or environmental and regulatory compliance testing as well. Reporting to the Laboratory Coordinator and the Project Lead the candidate will be a key team member working towards the successful set up and implementation of applied research and technology development projects while demonstrating a good understanding and implementation of applicable chemical, environmental, Pandemic and related workplace health and safety regulations.
Duties and responsibilities
1) Travelling to field/other facilities locally or in other places across Canada for on-site experiments as per our clients’ requirements; Flexibility to work in shifts occasionally is required.
2) Testing of samples with and without coagulants using various types of membranes such as ceramic membranes, novel PTFE membranes, MF, UF, NF and RO/ED membranes
3) Assisting the operation and testing of bench or pilot prototypes on new products, processes or clean technologies in the area of water treatment, or solid wastes management.
4) Sampling and operating analytical/chemical instrumentation for conducting a variety of analytical testing including toxicity of leachates, NA, carboxylic acids, VOC, BOD, COD, pH , TSS, BTEX oil and grease and dissolved metals, dissolved organic and inorganic species in water, GHGs monitoring studies and air quality analysis. Some aspects of the research may include overseeing the sampling program between the SAIT lab and an External lab to ensure and conduct third party validation.
5) Assisting in method development and in developing in-house method with the chief chemist.
6) Preparing and submitting analytical reports.
7) Ensuring good laboratory practices and ensure the daily clean up and appropriate environmental disposal is demonstrated
8) Assisting in various research projects with various industry partners.
Knowledge and skills
Some exposure to Hydraulic Fracturing, CSS, and SAGD water treatment is preferable but not necessary. Additionally, the candidate’s capabilities should include: a good understanding and working knowledge of good laboratory practices, chemical instrumentation in order to operate ICPMS, GCMS, FTIR, IC, titrator, etc., and have a working knowledge of current chemical laboratory health and safety practices and associated regulatory requirements. A solid work ethic, honesty, professionalism and a willingness to adapt and meet deadlines within a changing environment is required as interactions will involve industry clients from various industrial sectors. Strong inter-personnel and communications skills are a must along with the ability to work independently or in a team setting. A flexible work schedule is required.
• Good writing and oral skills in English
• Willing to travel for business and/or remote field work occasionally. Flexibility to do work shifts occasionally.
• Must be proficient in standard computer software and Microsoft office
At a minimum the candidate must have an undergraduate degree in chemistry or a diploma in chemical laboratory technology from an accredited post-secondary organization.
Standard First Aid, CPR level A, WHMIS and H2S Alive (Training will be provided for candidates)
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.