New Research PDF position in Wind Tunnel Measurements of Pollutant Emissions for Gas Flares

The NSERC FlareNet Network is accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to contribute to large-scale wind tunnel experiments to quantify carbon conversion efficiencies and pollutant emissions from gas flares found that are common in the global oil and gas industry.  This research is a central part of the NSERC FlareNet strategic network (, led out of Carleton University in collaboration with University of Western Ontario, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and University of Waterloo.  This position will be based at Western University in London, ON but the successful applicant will also work very closely with the team at the Energy & Emissions Research Lab at Carleton University (

Research Focus

The post doctoral researcher will play an essential role in meeting the objectives of FlareNet’s Theme 3 on effects of turbulent crosswinds on flare emissions.  Under this theme, FlareNet is conducting the world’s first systematic experiments to specifically quantify the impacts of wind turbulence scale and intensity on emissions from flares, including those associated with unconventional oil and gas recovery, as well as air- and steam assisted flares.  Through development of quantitative understanding and predictive models for gas and particulate phase emissions that include the effects of a turbulent crosswind, this work will be a central contribution of the NSERC network. 

The position is open January. 6st, 2019 with funding secured for 18 months appointment June 30th 2021

Candidate Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering, or in a closely related field.  The ideal candidate should have direct research experience and skills in the following areas:

  • Reacting flows and pollutant emissions sampling
  • Flow measurements
  • Particle image velocimetry and flow visualization / image processing
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Knowledge of National Instruments LabVIEW software for data acquisition and data processing
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with teams

The successful applicant will collaborate closely and conduct research with personnel at all levels within the NSERC FlareNet Network. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential to the position. 

Position and Salary Conditions:

The Research Fellow is a full-time position based at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London, ON, Canada.  The initial appointment will be for up to 18 months with funding ranging from $65,000 – 85,000 plus benefits over this period, commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicant.

NSERC FlareNet Network:

The FlareNet Network ( overall goals are to provide a quantitative understanding of flare generated pollutant emissions, new quantitative measurement techniques, and vital models to assess pollutant emissions and climate impacts. These are critical for enabling science-based regulations, accurate pollutant inventories, understandings of climate forcing and health implications, and engineered mitigation strategies to minimize environmental impacts in the energy sector.


Applications should include a CV, publication history, and a cover letter clearly outlining how past research and experience provide the essential qualifications to undertake the project.  Additionally, contact info for three references should be available upon request.  

Please Direct Application to: Professor Matthew Johnson (Director of FlareNet)

                c/o Brigid Bedard-Hinz


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The NSERC FlareNet Network is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to apply.  

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