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  PhD vacancy: Electrochemical upgrading of small waste molecules


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  Prof Anna Klinkova  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

About the project:

PhD positions are available for talented researchers with interests in nanoscience, catalysis and sustainability. The project focuses on electrochemical upgrading of small waste molecules (carbon dioxide, ammonia and others) to value-added chemicals and fuels. The work will involve targeted catalyst, reaction and system design using experimental and computational techniques. The vision behind this project is to further reduce waste and derive value from by-products of organic waste processing facilities.

Funding information:

The positions are fully funded for 4 years according to the standard PhD student salary in the department (~$24,000); in the case of good academic and research performance, additional funding can be obtained (e.g., $10,000 Nanofellowship and various GWC2 Awards). Please consult Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry for information on requirements and applications process for graduate degrees in Chemistry and collaborative degrees in Chemistry and Nanotechnology. More information about funding, tuition and living costs can be found here.

Research environment:

The Nanoscience and Catalysis lab is a part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo and a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. University of Waterloo is the 3rd best reputation and the 2nd most innovative university in Canada and WIN is Canada’s largest nanotechnology institute. The University of Waterloo is also a home to Velocity, the largest free technology start-up incubator in North America. Our laboratory is fully equipped for nanochemistry, catalysis and electrochemistry research, and we have access to excellent material characterization facilities, machine shops, and clean rooms located on campus. Due to proximity to the University of Toronto and McMaster University, we also have access to unique infrastructure available at their facilities.

The proximity of the campus to the city of Kitchener, Grand River Parks, ski resorts (Chicopee, Blue Mountain), Niagara Falls (1.5 hour drive), and the city of Toronto (1+ hour drive or 2 hour train) is ideal for balancing intensive academic research with social life and various outdoor activities.

Applicant requirements:

Applicants must have completed or are soon to complete an MSc degree in chemistry, material science or other relevant fields and be highly proficient in spoken and written English. They should have a strong background in material science and electrochemistry and able to design (CAD) and machine lab-scale electrolyzer components. Strong communication skills, published work and interest in sustainability is a must, experience with Comsol and/or DFT is highly desired. The ability to work safely, independently and as part of a team is also essential.

Please send your application to [Email Address Removed] and include the following:

1.    CV

2.    letter outlining qualifications and motivation for the advertised position

3.    research writing sample

4.    names of two references

5.    academic transcripts

Informal inquiries may also be directed to the same email address above.

Equity, diversity and inclusion:

The Nanoscience and Catalysis research group regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and as such, we are committed to attracting and retaining diverse talent. As part of our ongoing efforts to provide and support a transformative learning experience, we affirm our commitment to fostering a welcoming, respectful, diverse, and inclusive workforce and community. We encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Black, racialized, persons with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Note that disclosure and/or self-identification with an equity-seeking group will not lead to advantageous treatment of a candidate who is not qualified.


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