Memorial University of Newfoundland serves as a hub for R&D facilities supporting and advancing the local oil & gas industry. Technology development and testing; marine, ice and wave simulations; earth sciences equipment and expertise – and more – are on-site or affiliated with the university. If you love technology and science labs, this could be the area for you.

One of these R&D Facilities, C-CORE – the Centre for Cold Oceans Research and Engineering – is world renowned for its expertise in remote sensing, ice engineering, and geotechnical engineering – mainly for harsh cold environments.

C-CORE has a staff of about 100 engineering, science, technical and other experts. Its facilities include:

  • a geotechnical facility with a 5.5m-radius, 200G payload capacity centrifuge (one of the largest in the world and the only one in North America designed to model cold region phenomena), with adjoining earthquake simulator, and refrigeration and model preparation laboratories;
  • electronics and  mechanical laboratories;
  • an Earth Observation Operations Centre for satellite monitoring; and
  • highly secure advanced computing and communications infrastructure.

Engineering and Earth Sciences:

  • Research and Development Engineers – facilitate development of new infrastructure, equipment and technologies for hydrocarbon exploration, extraction and transportation (or improvements to existing ones) through analysis, design, numerical and physical modeling, testing and documentation.
  • Mechanical Engineers – analyze, design, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.
  • Instrumentation Engineers – design the electronic components of the process control equipment used in the process facilities.
  • Geophysicists – help define the size of an oil reservoir and rock properties to determine the best method to extract hydrocarbons.
  • Geologists – analyze rocks in reservoirs and interpret seismic data to allow an oil company to decide the optimum location to drill to discover oil & gas reservoirs.


  • Laboratory Technicians – perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties and performance.
  • Cementing Technicians – build prototypes, models, and special equipment and/or perform basic material or environmental tests including calibration, trouble-shooting, monitoring, and data collection.
  • Quality Control Technicians – monitor the quality of finished products to confirm they are defect-free. 
  • Instrumentation Technologists – assist in the development of methods of measuring and controlling processes.