Job Title: Oil and Gas - Graduate Assistant Research (two positions)

In 2016, the University of Calgary was awarded $75 million over seven years from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for its initiative entitled: “Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources” (GRI). The goal of this research is to dramatically reduce the impact of energy extraction and energy use on the environment.

As part of the implementation of its GRI scientific strategy, the University of Calgary is investing directly in research, and in partnerships with industry and government to bring new knowledge to market. The GRI enables our scholars and students to work together with partners outside of the academy on solutions to big challenges facing the global energy industry.

This is a part-time Graduate Assistant Research position to support the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).  CERI was founded in 1975 as an independent, registered charitable organization specializing in the analysis of energy economics and related environmental policy issues in the energy production, transportation, and consumption sectors.  CERI’s mission is to provide relevant, independent, and objective economic research of energy and environmental issues to benefit business, government, academia and the public. CERI’s research contributes to understanding the opportunities and challenges regarding the development of energy resources and to the impact of such development on the economy and environment of the country. For more information:

The GRI is currently looking for two graduate assistants research from the UCalgary to join CERI’s multidisciplinary team. The Graduate Assistants Research will conduct economic and associated environmental impact analysis of current and relevant energy issues.  Key responsibilities include assisting researchers with:

  • Carrying out economic research and analysis in identified energy sectors.
  • Assist in implementation of the organization’s research agenda.
  • Assist in continued development and maintenance of CERI computer models.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of Canada’s gas, and oil sectors, including the latest production methods, energy transportation infrastructure and local, national and international issues that could impact those sectors.
  • Assist in the production of monthly energy publications.

Successful candidates will:

  • Be a full-time student working towards a Master’s degree or a PhD in a related discipline such as Economics, Environmental Science, Engineering (CFREF and CERC funded graduate students are not eligible to apply).
  • Preferred three years of energy sector (oil or gas) experience.
  • Analytical thinker.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Highly proficient in the use of Excel for analysis and modeling.
  • Highly proficient English writing skills.


The successful candidates starting salary will be commensurate University of Calgary guidelines. The remuneration of a Graduate Assistant Research consists only of an hourly salary. For details please see Schedule A of the GSA Collective Agreement.


Successful candidates will be located at the Canadian Energy Research Institute at  3512 33 St NW, Calgary, AB T2L 2A6.


Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements to  by March 15, 2018.