PDF Position - Controls on release of contaminants from Au mine tailings

This research will apply advanced pore-gas concentration and flux measurement techniques to provide a rigorous quantification of tailings evolution and contaminant loadings under current conditions at the field site, and will evaluate and assess the potential effectiveness of remediation alternatives. Supplemental analysis of historical data and continuation of data collection and monitoring of an instrumentation network to enhance the existing data set will be used to develop an integrated conceptual model of contaminant transport mechanisms within this system. The main tasks of the postdoctoral fellow will be to implement a comprehensive pore-gas concentration and flux measurement program that will complement the existing large geochemical and mineralogical data set to develop an integrated characterization of the pore-gas transport processes influencing the geochemical evolution of the tailings and to conduct gas transport and reactive transport modelling.

This project is associated with the TERRE-NET program, which is a multi-institutional and multi- and trans-disciplinary research Network spanning seven universities across Canada and supported by numerous partner organizations, with the overarching goal of ensuring the environmentally responsible, socially acceptable extraction of mineral and energy resources using cutting-edge approaches and technologies.

Interested candidates are invited to provide their transcripts, CV, a brief statement of research interests, names and contact information for three referees, and copies of publications (if available). For further information regarding this position, please contact David Wilson, TERRE-NET Program Manager (dwilson2@uwaterloo.ca), Dr. David Blowes (blowes@uwaterloo.ca), or Dr. Carol Ptacek (ptacek@uwaterloo.ca).

posted: 22 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.