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Febuary 2018

 

Topic: Biomimetic and functional interfaces /nano-objects for electrocatalysis

The modification of surfaces with functional molecules allows a fine control over the interfacial properties of materials, while preserving their intrinsic properties. This lead to the development of innovative materials dedicated to analytics (higher sensibility / selectivity for diagnosis and therapeutics in (nano-) medicine for example) or to catalytic purposes (better performances and selectivity of processes). Control of the phenomena taking place at the solid (material) / liquid (analyte, electrolyte) interface is crucial for developing effective technologies.
We have demonstrated in the laboratory that the chemical grafting of organic molecules, using aryldiazonium chemistry, allows the introduction of molecular functions and/or nano-structuring on metallic surfaces in a very effective, versatile and extremely robust way, whether on massive or divided materials (spherical nanoparticles, nanorods, nanowires). It is then possible to control the interface of the metallic materials at the molecular scale, thanks to the grafting of a single organic monolayer.
During this Ph.D., a new concept based on the control of the interfacial reactivity through the molecular functionalization of catalytic surfaces will be explored, on both massive and divided materials. This new concept is bioinspired, notably by metalloenzymes capable of catalyzing complex processes, where multiple electronic exchanges are coupled with protons transfers, with high efficiency and selectivity. These multi-electronic processes allow the activation of small fuel molecules (O2, H2, H+, CO2, H2O), which still remains a challenge for both fundamental studies and applications in various fields (energy, environment, eco-processes). In particular, activation of small fuel molecules will give access to a clean and sustainable source of energy, with the possibility to convert chemical energy into electrical one with a maximal efficiency.
Through the grafting of functional macrocycles or through the molecular nanostructuring, biomimetic interfaces and nano-objects will be developed in order to reach a better selectivity / efficiency regarding these multi-electronic processes. The implemented methodology for designing these objects will be based on the recognized expertise of the host laboratory in the field of surface functionalization (Nature Commun. 2012, DOI 10.1038 / ncomms2121, J. Phys. Chem. C dx.doi.org. / 10.1021 / jp5052003; Chem. Commun. DOI 10.1039 / c6cc04534k, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry doi.org / 10.1016 / j.coelec.2017.11.003). The functionalized surfaces and nano-objects will be designed, realized and characterized in the host laboratory, employing various techniques (spectroscopy, electrochemistry, electronic microscopies). The strategy will then be evaluated by considering fundamental electrocatalytic reactions, namely conversion of O2, reduction of H+ or CO2. The catalytic reactivity and the interfacial phenomena will be thoroughly studied by electrochemical techniques and by electrochemical microscopy (SECM). Complementary techniques (Raman, in particular) will be also used for the identification of transient species. Syntheses and molecular modelling will be implemented, if needed.

Required skills: The candidate should be trained in at least one of the following fields: electrochemistry, physical chemistry of surfaces, biochemistry/biotechnology and/or synthesis of nano-objects.
Funding for 3 years from the Research Ministry (1374 € netto per month).

Supervisors: Corinne Lagrost and Yann Leroux (CR CNRS)
Should you be interested, please send a CV and a motivation letter before June, 15th, 2018.

Contact:
Corinne Lagrost corinne.lagrost@univ-rennes1.fr, 02 23 23 59 40
Yann Leroux yann.leroux@univ-rennes1.fr, 02 23 23 56 66



Febuary 2018

PhD position at Leiden University


The project is aimed to address one of the long standing dreams of electrochemists: the real time imaging of a WORKING electrode!

It is the intention of the project to image the surface of Pt(111) and Pt(100) electrodes on the atomic scale by STM during faradaic reactions, explicitly hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution and carbon monoxideoxidation. There are many hints in literature that structural changes occur, and the insight into this during these reactions is extremely important for a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms on the atomic scale. If successful, these results would establish a new ground for modeling electrochemical reactions on the atomic scale and thus would lead also to a much better understanding of electrocatalysis. The intended research is only possible on a very special microscope that is unique in the world. We have developed a high‐speed (video‐rate), high‐resolution electrochemical STM that is equipped with a real RHE, a flow cell for in‐situ electrolyte exchange, and a home‐made bipotentiostat allowing full operando conditions.

Under the supervision of two experts, Prof. M.T.M. Koper (chemistry: electrocatalysis and
electrochemical surface science) and Dr. M.J. Rost (physics: surface science, nanotechnology, and
STM/AFM technology), the PhD will learn to operate the microscope and to handle the dedicated
sample preparation and treatment, and will perform research in the field of platinum electrocatalysis. The research builds on recently published work: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-017-0015-z

Requirements: The operation of the microscope requires affinity with technical aspects that range from mechanics & material science, electronics & control theory, to fluid dynamics and experimental
electrochemistry. Although the details will be learned during the PhD, a certain general handiness is
prerequisite. The applicant should have a master degree in either physics or chemistry preferably with specialization that stands in relation to this open position. The contract will be on the basis of a full time employment for 4 years.

Contact: Please send your application with a complete CV and a motivation letter to
Prof. M.T.M. Koper
m.koper@lic.leidenuniv.nl / https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science/chemistry/casc
Dr. M.J. Rost
rost@Physics.LeidenUniv.nl / www.physics.leidenuniv.nl/rost


 

Febuary 2018


PhD Opportunity, University of Strathclyde and National Physical Laboratory (NPL)


Title: Fibre optic sensors for pH measurement in harsh environments

Supervisors: Prof. S. Roy and Dr. T. Green (University of Strathclyde); co-supervisor Dr. G. Hinds (National Physical Laboratory)

Project Description:
In oil and gas production, the ability to accurately determine pH in harsh, downhole environments is critical for cost effective materials selection, risk assessment and condition monitoring. Despite the importance of such measurements, no reliable technique has yet been established that is capable of measuring pH in the relevant temperature range (100 – 200 °C) at elevated pressure and in the presence of aggressive chemical species. Existing potentiometric-based pH sensors have relatively poor chemical and thermal stability and their response is compromised by the high salt concentrations typical of oil and gas production environments.
In this project, a novel pH sensor for high temperature, high pressure (HTHP) environments using a functionalised optical fibre will be developed. The accuracy and stability of the sensor will be evaluated in a standard HTHP autoclave against existing pH measurement techniques and used to validate pH prediction models, including one under development at National Physical laboratory (NPL). The potential impact of the project would be to establish a sensor technology capable of being deployed in the Oil & Gas sector and related industries such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
The candidate will be working between the University of Strathclyde and National Physical Laboratory developing the sensor technology and, typically, will spend 8 - 12 weeks per year at NPL (Teddington, UK).

Funding Notes:
A full PhD studentship is available for 3 years but this is only available for EU/UK Nationals.
Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a high 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake challenging, multidisciplinary research. Experience in corrosion testing, electrochemistry or nanoparticle synthesis is highly desirable.

Further Information and How to Apply

Contact Details:
Contact Professor Sudipta Roy: sudipta.roy@strath.ac.uk

Application Deadline: 30th April 2018


 

Febuary 2018

The Photoelectrochemical Division of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials
(http://www.rcptm.com/research-divisions/photoelectrochemical/)
at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) announce the opening of a new postdoctoral position in scanning electrochemical microscopy for renewable energy applications. The position is open within the European project “Hybrid nanoarchitectures for renewable energy applications” jointly supervised by Profs. Patrik Schmuki and Radek Zboril.

The successful candidate will be responsible for operating a unique scanning electrochemical microscope equipped with an optical set-up enabling Photoelectrochemistry on nanostructured thin films. The research will focus on the photoelectrochemical and electrochemical characterization though SECM of advanced nano-heterostructures based on semiconductor metal oxides combined with various partners (co-catalysts, multilayer assemblies, optical sensitization, etc.) for photoelectrochemical solar water splitting.

Required experience:
• PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English;
• Experience in scanning electrochemical microscopy and/or electrochemistry and/or photoelectrochemistry;


Benefits:
We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join two well-known research groups with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (HiPIMS, PECVD), HRTEM, AFM, STM, SEM, SQUID, PPMS, XPS and advanced Raman spectroscopy, GDOES, in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and one of the best equipped electrochemical and photoelectrochemical laboratory in Europe.


Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: radek.zboril@upol.cz, schmuki@ww.uni-erlangen.de, stepan.kment@upol.cz, alberto.naldoni@upol.cz. Screening of applicants will resume immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will receive a one-year contract with possible extension up to five-years.



January 2018


A 3-year PhD position is open in NanoChemistry group at Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark.

The project is aimed at Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells. The position will be available from the 1st June 2018 to the 31st May 2011 and be supervised by Professor Jingdong Zhang (main supervisor) and Professor Jens Ulstrup (co-supervisor). The project is funded by Danish Research Council (DFF) in close cooperation with Danish Power Systems ApS and Potsdam University.

Project Description
This project aims at development of biocatalysts for enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs) with high activity and long lifetime. We plan to design and synthesize redox enzymes with graphene to construct biocatalysts. Enzymes which can catalyze oxidation of fuel molecules such as glucose and alcohol, reduction of dioxygen will be chosen as targeted enzymes for bioanodes and cathodes, respectively. The project will construct biocatalysts with a large surface area in 3 dimensions (3D) to confine enzymes and increase their stability and electron transfer efficiency. The most promising biocatalysts will be used as electrode materials to construct EBFCs. Interdisciplinary methodology from chemistry, biochemistry and energy conversion will be employed to investigate structure-function relations of the newly developed biocatalysts. Electrochemistry techniques play a role for investigation of both the biocatalysts and the EBFCs. The project tasks contain construction of biocatalysts with electrocatalytic function for biocathode and bioanode, structural and functional study of the biocatalysts, design and construction of EBFCs and test them in the EBFCs.

Successful candidate will join in NanoChemistry group, which is part of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Section at Department of Chemistry. The group is active and international. It has strong expertise on electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, chemical syntheses of inorganic nanomaterials and in situ scanning probe microscopies such as scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Research activities such as chemical syntheses of functional nanomaterials such as metal/metal oxides nanoparticles, graphene for development of clean energy are running in the group.

Responsibilities and tasks for the PhD position
For qualified PhD candidate, you are expected to take following responsibilities and learning objectives:

1. Research: Design, syntheses and fabrication of graphene-biocatalysts. Electrochemical investigations. Bioelectrochemistry. Systematic property and structural characterization of the developed biocatalysts. Construction and operation of enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs). Development of long-life of biocatalysts with high efficiency for EBFCs.
2. Team work: work together and cooperate with senior scientists, postdocs, PhD students, master and bachelor students in the group. Actively collaborate with national and international academic partners and industry partners.
3. Management: Planning and following up development of the project. Conducting experiments regularly and summarizing results monthly.
4. Dissemination: Active participation at group meeting and international conferences. Composing manuscripts for publications in international journals.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a master's degree in chemistry, electrochemistry, biochemistry or biophysics, or academic experience equivalent to a master's degree in engineering, specifically with:

1. A strong experimental background in bioelectrochemistry, biofuel cells, electrochemistry, energy conversion, inorganic chemistry, material chemistry, and physical chemistry.
2. A strong background relating to experimental electrochemistry and electrochemical data modelling.
3. A candidate with experience on bioelectrocatalysis, enzyme electrochemistry, electrochemical energy conversion, chemical synthesis of graphene, 3 dimensional graphene or its hybrids and advanced microscopies such as scanning tunnelling microscope, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will be preferred.
4. Full-hearted, hard working, and highly motivated commitment to research.
5. Independence and cooperation with the research team.
6. Good communication in the English language.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide (http://www.dtu.dk/english/Education/phd/PhDguide).

Assessment

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Jingdong Zhang and Jens Ulstrup

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
For additional information please contact Professor Jingdong Zhang, DTU Chemistry, email: jz@kemi.dtu.dk.
You can read more about NanoChemistry group on http://www.kemi.dtu.dk/english/Research/InorganicChemistry/NanoChemistry

Application
Please submit your application no later than 31st March 2018 through online submission system. Promising applicants will be contacted and called for interviews.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration to jz@kemi.dtu.dk. The file must include:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- At least two recommendation letters from his/her supervisors
- Grade transcripts of BSc and MSc diploma
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system
(see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
- Research plan
- Bachelor and MSc thesis

Candidates may apply prior to ob¬tai¬ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.



January 2018

 

Postdoc Research Position Available at the Nanobioelectronics Laboratory


About the Nanobioelectronics Laboratory (http://nanobioelectronics.weebly.com/):
The Nanobioelectronics Laboratory (NBEL) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 2015. The focus is on integrating functional biomaterials with micro- and nano- systems for monitoring of chemical and biological markers and their utilization onto the next generation of mobile and network real-world personalized health monitoring applications. A centerpiece of the current research efforts is biosensing systems development and integration to provide holistic solutions for real-world use. The focus of our work is aimed specifically at in-vivo and in-vitro clinical applications.

Positions Description:
The Nanobioelectronics Laboratory has an available position for a Post-Doctoral fellow, effective from May 2018. The position is geared towards the development of bio-microsystems technology, materials, devices and systems for (A) Molecular sensing for neurological health management, (B) Wearable devices for personalized health monitoring in the world of the Internet of Things. Successful candidate should hold or pursue degree in Engineering Sciences with strong written and verbal communication skills in English. The research areas of focus span the fields of engineering, biology, electrochemistry, and materials science and involve collaborative work with clinical teams. The candidate will be expected to work independently, publish scholarly papers and attend international conferences, and take on a mentorship role for undergraduate students.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Self-motivation
- Strong aptitude and demonstrated expertise in hands-on experimental research
- Experience with biosensors, bioelectronics, microfluidics, and machine learning algorithms, but not required
- Experience with electrochemical characterization techniques
- Expertise in device design and microfabrication processes
• Background in materials synthesis, characterization, and lab-on-a-chip device integration will be considered a plus.
- The desire to work in a collaborative, dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international team

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae along with a short statement of research interests to Dr. Hadar Ben-Yoav (benyoav@bgu.ac.il). Please also advise the website of the Kreitman School of Advanced Studies for information about Post-Doctoral procedures and competitive scholarships @BGU.


 

January 2018


Professor of Physical Chemistry at EPFL and Head of the Laboratory of Electrochemistry at the PSI

EPFL is a leading university with strong emphasis on basic sciences, engineering and life sciences. Research within its School of Basic Sciences includes chemical physics, energy conversion and catalysis.

PSI is a center for multi-disciplinary research and one of the world’s leading user laboratories. It hosts Swiss research and user facilities in fields from nuclear engineering to structural biology. With its 1200 employees, it is an autonomous institution within the Swiss ETH domain.

We are looking for a person for the joint position of Professor of Physical Chemistry at EPFL and Head of the Laboratory for Electrochemistry at PSI.

The Challenge
As Head of the Laboratory for Electrochemistry at PSI, your mission will be to advance the scientific and technological understanding of electro-chemical energy storage and conversion, specifically in the context of a sustainable energy system .
As Professor of Physical Chemistry, you will promote collaboration in your field between PSI and EPFL. We are looking for a person with interests and abilities to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and direct EPFL Master and PhD students in their research.

The large-scale research facilities of PSI, including the synchrotron light source SLS, the neutron source SINQ and the Swiss Free Electron Laser SwissFEL, provide unique opportunities for the ex situ and operando characterization of materials, components, electrochemical devices, and processes. The Head of Laboratory will have unique access to these outstanding facilities.

For this demanding but highly rewarding position, we are seeking a person of international standing in battery electrochemistry.

Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, publications list, concise statement of research and teaching interests as well as the names and addresses (including email) of at least five references should be submitted in PDF format via the website

https://facultyrecruiting.epfl.ch/position/10256384

by March 15th, 2018.

Questions should be addressed to:

Prof. Thomas Schmidt
Head of the Division Energy and Environment at PSI
Email: ThomasJustus.Schmidt@psi.ch

and/or

Prof. Lyndon Emsley
Director of the Institute of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering at EPFL
Email: lyndon.emsley@epfl.ch

For additional information on EPFL and PSI, please consult: https://www.epfl.ch or https://www.psi.ch


January 2018

Recruiting organisation:
Johnson Matthey Technology Centre
Sonning Common, UK


Subproject title:
Development of air-cathodes for zinc-air redoxflow batteries


Starting date:
3rd April 2018 (or earlier if preferred)

Salary:
Competitive

Background information:
Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Networks (ETNs) are joint research and training projects funded by the European Union. Funding is provided for postgraduate researchers from both inside and outside Europe to carry out individual project work in a European country other than their own.

The training network “FlowCamp” is made up of 11 partners, coordinated by Fraunhofer ICT in Germany. The network will recruit a total of 15 postgraduates for project work lasting for 36 months.

Renewable energy sources like wind turbines require large-scale, stationary energy storage systems to balance out fluctuations in energy generation. FlowCamp will advance the development of one of the most promising storage systems: redox-flow batteries (RFBs). The recruited fellows will develop materials (membranes, electrodes, electrolytes, catalysts, sealing materials) and macrohomogeneous models bromine, organic and zinc-air systems). They will then upscale the new systems to prototype level and validate them using the cutting-edge battery testing facilities available for the prestigious German-funded RedoxWind project at Fraunhofer ICT. The new RFB technologies can be combined in energy storage systems tailored to a wide variety of application scenarios, with lower cost, longer service life and higher efficiency than conventional (e.g. Li-ion) storage devices.

Job description:
The advertised subproject will be carried out by one postgraduate (“early-stage researcher”) at Johnson Matthey Technology Centre over a period of 36 months, working in the Electrochemistry and Materials Group. The employee will also be enrolled for a PhD at the Department of Materials at Imperial College London supervised by Dr. Ifan E.L. Stephens (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/i.stephens) where they will spend up to one year in total, including taught courses.

Key responsibilities:
• Development of synthetic routes for bifunctional electro-catalysts active in oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution, in collaboration with Imperial College, UK.
• Development and characterisation of inks and coatings to form catalyst layers
• Design electrochemical protocols for the evaluation of bifunctional air electrodes in a 3electrode setup in an alkaline environment and in a 2-electrode zinc / air battery.
• Evaluation of zinc slurries developed by one of the project partners during charge-discharge in a zinc / air battery.
• Integration of optimised air electrodes into a zinc / air test system, in close collaboration with project partners in Germany and France.
for three next-generation RFBs (hydrogen-
• The expected results are new, effective bifunctional catalysts, integrated into catalyst layers and demonstrated to give high performance and durability in a zinc / air redox flow battery.

This subproject is fully funded by the Marie
Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network „FlowCamp“ (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017). The
recruited researcher will have the opportunity to work as part of an international, interdisciplinary team of 15 postgraduates, based at universities and industrial firms throughout Europe. She/he will gain a unique skill-set comprising electrochemistry, material science and cell design/ engineering, as well as an overview of different RFB technologies and their implementation at prototype level. She/he is expected to finish the project with a PhD thesis and to disseminate the results through patents (if applicable), publications
in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.

Requirements:
Qualifications / experience:
• Early-stage researcher: a researcher without a PhD, who is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of her/his research career, measured from the date when she/he obtained the degree which would formally entitle her/him to embark on a doctorate.
• Hold (or be expected to obtain) a degree, in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering, achieved or expected, at a level comparable with a UK 2:1, First Class or Distinction. M.Sc. preferred.
• Experience in the use of electrochemistry to elucidate electrochemical reaction mechanisms
• Experience in the synthesis of catalyst powders such as supported metal nanoparticles and metal oxides is desirable, but not essential.
• Good problem solving skills, proven ability to work well in a team environment and excellent communication skills are essential.
• Attention to detail, computer literacy, accurate data analysis, good laboratory skills and efficient time management are all crucial to this role.

Mobility:
The applicant must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the past three years.

How to apply:
If you wish to be considered for this role, please apply on-line at:
http://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=JOHNSONMATTHEY&cws=1&rid=4924 .

Please ensure that you attach your up-to-date CV and covering letter to your online application.

For enquiries only, please email hrjmtc@matthey.com .

Application deadline: 28th January 2018


 

December 2017

 

Postdoctoral Position at University of Utah


A post-doctoral position supported by the National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation in Organic Electrochemistry is immediately available at the University of Utah in the research area of electrocatalysis for electrosynthesis applications. Priority will be given to candidates with either organic electrochemistry or electrocatalysis experience. Candidates must have PhD in chemistry or related field with a strong background in electrochemistry.
Candidates should submit their complete CV to Shelley Minteer at minteer@chem.utah.edu.
Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt.


 

December 2017

The Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment as an NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Waste and Corrosion. The appointment will be at the open rank of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and will be effective January 1, 2019. The appointment is contingent upon receipt of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair.

Candidates must have a PhD in Chemistry, Electrochemistry or a closely related field. Candidates must demonstrate a record of excellence in research in evaluation, prediction or prevention of corrosion, with related experience in one or more of the following areas:

- Coating methodologies, such as electrodeposition and cold spray;
- Materials degradation;
- Surface analysis;
- Electrochemistry;
- Thermodynamic modelling;
- Microbiologically influenced corrosion; and/or
- Nuclear waste management and materials relevant to a deep geological repository, such as steel and copper.

Candidates must have an established and sustained a record of research excellence at the highest level internationally, and will be expected to maintain an innovative, competitive, independently funded experimental program of research and to work closely with the nuclear industry. Candidates must have extensive experience collaborating with industry, and a thorough knowledge of quality assurance and training highly qualified people within such an environment. Excellence in research is demonstrated by a record of sustained, high-impact contributions and publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals, production of technical reports for industry or government, presentations at significant conferences, receipt of awards, and strong endorsements by referees of top international stature. Candidates must also demonstrate excellence in teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching can include strong endorsements from referees, teaching accomplishments highlighted as part of the application, strong teaching evaluations, and the teaching statement submitted as part of the application.


Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will be involved in research in corrosion of used fuel containers lead by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). The Industrial Research Chair is expected to develop an experimental program that independently evaluates the NWMO container designed for Canada’s deep geological repository from a corrosion point of view, and deliver feedback that can be implemented for design improvements. In the future, the Chair may be requested to engage with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) or external reviewers to provide objective commentary on the NWMO program.


The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The University also offers opportunities to work in a range of collaborative programs and centres of research. The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough and could become a member of the Graduate Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization was established in 2002 under the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (www.nwmo.ca). The company’s mandate is to collaborate with Canadians to develop and implement a management approach for the long-term care of Canada’s used nuclear fuel that is socially acceptable, technically sound, environmentally responsible, and economically feasible.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below:
https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy along with any demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence), and concise descriptions of current research activity and future research plans. Three letters of reference (on letterhead, signed, and scanned) should be sent directly by the referee to the attention of the Chair, Prof. George Arhonditsis, at dpeschair@utsc.utoronto.ca.

All application materials should be submitted online. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

The closing date for applications is February 20, 2018.

If you have questions about this position, please contact us at dpeschair@utsc.utoronto.ca. For more information about the Department of Physical and Environmental Science, University of Toronto Scarborough, please visit www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/. For information about the graduate department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto please visit: www.chem-eng.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.