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May 2022

 

CANADA EXCELLENCE RESEARCH CHAIR POSITIONS

Western University in London, Canada invites candidates to apply for one of several prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) opportunities. Western recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the University’s mandate as a research-intensive institution of higher learning and a community leader. Western understands that our pursuit of research excellence and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are mutually supporting.

 

Launched in 2008, the CERC Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation and attract world-renowned researchers to Canada. These awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally.

The CERC nomination is a two stage process where applicants first apply to the job posting at the institution; the successful applicant(s) will then work with the institution to submit an application to the program. Western Research will provide support to the successful nominees for application development including budget development and proposal development, review, and editing. Following a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, the CERC program awards successful researchers and their teams either $8 million or $4 million over eight years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. The two award values recognize the varying costs of research within different research disciplines and aims to be inclusive of all areas of research.

 

Research Alignment
It is anticipated that up to 3 candidates will be selected to be nominated for CERC positions. Western welcomes applications from outstanding established scholars in the following four areas, with at most one nomination being selected from a given area:

 

1. Neurovirology and/or Neuroimmunology
While it has been known for some time that a variety of infectious agents can impact the development and progression of dementia, establishing clear causal links and developing an understanding of the specific mechanisms involved has remained elusive. A CERC in Neurovirology and/or Neuroimmunology will promote synergy between Western’s established clusters of excellence in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, neuro-imaging, and infectious diseases. This will accelerate research to address the intersecting challenges of cognitive decline accompanying both aging and infection by viral and bacterial pathogens that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The outstanding research excellence in neuroscience, neuroimaging and infection diseases, and world-leading facilities at Western provides an exceptional and unique opportunity for a well-established individual to provide leadership in collaborative programs of cognitive decline accompanying both aging and infection by viral and bacterial pathogens that will accelerate our international leadership and impact in these emerging, intersecting challenges.

 

2. Materials Degradation
The degradation of materials, or their failure to degrade in a controlled and timely manner, have significant direct and indirect costs. The impacts of materials degradation can be addressed through an enhanced chemical understanding of the factors governing these processes and by designing and developing new materials with optimized degradation profiles for their target applications. Western is an internationally recognized leader in materials degradation research. A CERC in Materials degradation will: (i) advance the fundamental understanding of degradation processes, mechanisms, and driving forces; (ii) develop new approaches to control and tune degradation (e.g. coatings, materials selection and design); and/or (iii) investigate environmental, health, societal, and safety aspects of degradation processes of materials.

 

3. Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Western is globally recognized as a leader in weather-related hazards and micro-climate level studies through the unique WindEEE Research Institute, the historical Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, and the Northern Tornado Project. A CERC in Climate Change and Extreme Weather will be focused on understanding and projecting historical and future extremes, their driving mechanisms, and spatial/temporal variability associated with climate and land cover change. The CERC will build on the strength of weather-related hazard modeling, micro-climate modeling, wind engineering, and space science at Western.

 

4. Technology Facilitated Gender-Based and Sexual Violence
Gender-based and sexual violence (GBSV) is pervasive, pernicious, and extraordinarily costly to individuals, communities, and society. It is also increasingly facilitated by digital technologies. A CERC in Technology Facilitated Gender-Based and Sexual Violence will build on Western’s institutional strength and global leadership in this area including the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC). This CERC will focus on education in relation to any area of technology facilitated GBSV, including: eradicating technology facilitated GBSV; the inequitable experiences of technology facilitated GBSV or access to supportive resources; the technological mediation of sexual violence and screen culture; using technologies to prevent GBSV and activate for change; how discourses and policies around technology facilitated GBSV circulate in media, education, and culture; and/or legal and school-based responses to technology facilitated GBSV. A successful applicant will be expected to teach graduate and teacher education courses in the Faculty of Education.

 

Candidates
In accordance with the CERC program, candidates should be top-tier researchers whose accomplishments have made a major societal impact and who are recognized internationally as a leader. In cases where the nominee is a Canadian Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) researcher based in Canada, the impact can be at the international level and/or at the community, regional or national level. Candidates must be full professors or associate professors expected to be promoted to full professor within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, nominees must possess the qualifications necessary to be appointed at these levels.

 

Researchers who hold a full-time academic appointment at a Canadian institution are eligible to be nominated; however, they may not be nominated by the institution at which they currently hold their appointment. If an institution nominates a researcher who is currently at a Canadian institution, the institution must demonstrate the net benefit to the country in moving the researcher from one Canadian institution to another.

 

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g. MD, DDS, with relevant professional designation or licensure) in a discipline appropriate to the field of research, be engaged in a program of research and have a demonstrated record of excellence in scholarly research and teaching. Assessment of candidates will be based on research excellence, as reflected in the number and quality of peer-reviewed publications, previous success securing research support, and other evidence of impact.

Successful candidates will be appointed as a faculty member, to an appropriate Department, School, or Faculty as early as July 2023. Duties will include research, teaching and service. The appointment will be conditional upon the successful award of the CERC to the candidate. Awardees will have up to 12 months to take up the award after the notice of award and acceptance has been signed by all parties.

Western recognizes the potential impact that legitimate career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. Potential candidates are encouraged to explain within their application the impact that career interruptions have had and to submit a full career or extended CV.

 

About Western University
With an enviable national reputation and an international profile that ranks among the top universities world-wide, Western pushes the boundaries of pedagogical and scholarly excellence while setting a national standard for a student experience that is second to none. Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, with annual research funding in excess of $240 million. Western is a founding member of Canada’s U15, serves as a hub for more than 500 international research collaborations, and is recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. There are more than 38,000 students within Western’s 12 Faculties and Schools and 3 affiliated University Colleges. Approximately 4,000 faculty and staff work in partnership to deliver 400+ specializations, majors and minors, as well as innovative modular degree programs. For more information about Western’s strategic priorities, visit the Western Strategic Plan and Indigenous Strategic Plan and for information on Western’s research areas please visit Western Research.

 

How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee and must include the following:
1) Completed: the form: Application CERC agencies: Canada Excellence Research Chair Application
2) Cover letter: include which one of the four areas of Research Alignment you are applying to.
3) Detailed curriculum vitae
4) A plan identifying the proposed research program, including how you embed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles in your research. (Maximum 5 pages)
5) Highlights of your most significant contributions to your field and how your contributions connect with your research plan. (Maximum 2 pages)
6) A statement of your teaching and mentoring philosophies, including how you embed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles in teaching and mentoring. (Maximum 2 pages)
7) The names and email addresses of 3 references.

The application should be submitted as a single PDF file to:
cerc2022@groups.uwo.ca

Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled.

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the application and recruitment process. If you require accommodations, please contact cerc2022@groups.uwo.ca.




May 2022

 

Postdoctoral researcher in spectroelectrochemistry of 2D materials
The successful applicant will work with Dr. Matěj Velický and his team on a project exploiting tunable electrochemistry and spectroscopy of two-dimensional (2D) materials.


You will develop a state-of-the-art in-situ spectroelectrochemical method for characterization, control, and tuning of 2D materials' properties. This will be achieved by combination of electrolyte gating with electronic transport and/or Raman/photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements at a micro- and nanoscale. This instrumentation will be applied to fundamental studies of the optical, electronic, and electrochemical properties of 2D materials, particularly graphene and semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs). Specific phenomena, which will be investigated, include electronic transport at high-doping regimes in 2D materials induced by electrolyte gating, tuning the interaction between 2D materials and substrates, and elucidation of the charge screening breakdown in concentrated electrolytes.


This position is available for up to five years. Our team is part of a larger collaboration with the groups of Dr. Otakar Frank, Dr. Martin Kalbáč, and Prof. Ladislav Kavan, including more than 30 postdocs and PhDs. Our international collaborations include organizations in the UK, US, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, and Finland. We share an extensive range of cutting-edge instrumental facilities, which include Raman spectrometers, TERS, AFM, thin-film deposition and characterization (XPS, UPS, LEED, ARPES), SEM/TEM, fluorescence spectrometer, UV/Vis/NIR spectrometer, ellipsometry, optical lithography, CVD and others. For more information, visit www.nanocarbon.cz.


Requirements
You will have a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field or will be close to obtaining one. You will have an excellent understanding of, and experience in electrochemistry, electronic transport, Raman and/or photoluminescence spectroscopy, and 2D materials. You will be well versed in scientific work, including formulation of research plans, designing experiments, data analysis, formulation of conclusions and manuscript writing. We are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic colleague with passion for fundamental science. Excellent communication skills and ability to work within a large team of researchers is a must. The applicant will have a good track-record of publishing research articles in respected journals, commensurate with his/her career stage.
Desirable criteria include experience in Raman spectroscopy of graphene or TMDCs, micro-/nano-scale electrochemistry (microdroplet, SECM, SECCM), in-situ spectroelectrochemistry, scanning probe microscopy, 5+ publications in high-impact journals.

 

How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and motivation letter to recruitment@jh-inst.cas.cz. Please, write in the subject line of your email SC2022_12.
Full details can be found here: https://web.jh-inst.cas.cz/index.php/recruitment/postdoctoral-researcher-spectroelectrochemistry-of-2d-materials

 

Application deadline 20th May 2022





February 2022



O2 and CO2 as sustainable energy sources: to boost the performances of hybrid nanomaterials by coupling electrocatalysis and plasmonics

The activation of O2 and CO2 through electrochemical reduction (ORR and CO2RR) is highly promising for developing sustainable and alternative energy conversion technologies. The electrochemical reduction of these abundant feedstock requires strong electrocatalysts in terms of i) efficiency, ii) selectivity and iii) durability.
We have recently demonstrated that metallic nanoparticles (Au, Ag, Pt) functionalized wit a covalently-bound monolayer of molecular cavities exhibit better performances toward ORR and MOR as nanocatalysts, with, notably, better selectivity and durability. The immobilized organic ligands allow a tuning of the interfacial reactivity which has positive impact on the selectivity of the reaction while increasing the stability of the catalysts under operation (Adv. Mat. Interf. 2020 DOI 10.1002/admi.202001557,ChemElectroChem, 2020, DOI 10.1002/celc.202000132).
The goals of this PhD project will be to even enhance the efficiency and selectivity of the target reactions, namely comcerning the CO2RR reaction which is highly challengin nowadays. In addition to a specific design of the organic cavities inspired from metalloenzymes for the development of nanohybrid catalysts, we will also take benefit from the properties of the nanoparticles (Ag, Au, Cu) by coupling electrocatalysis with plasmonics. We will then evaluate the synergy of such an approach through a plasmon-mediated electrocatalysis (Adv. Mat. 2020, doi.org/10.1002/adma.202000086).
The research work will be run at Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes in the framework of a collaborative project funded by the french national research agency (project MARCEL, ANR 2021). The nanomaterials will be synthesized and characterized in the host laboratory by employing a combination of available techniques (IR, Raman, XPS spectroscopies, SEM, TEM, ATG, etc). The electrochemical performances will be evaluated by using the state-of-the-art techniques (RDE, RRDE) and electrochemical microscopy (SECM). Complementary techniques such as gas chromatography will help in the products identification. All facilities are available in the host laboratory.

Required skills
The recruited PhD will be in charge of the preparation, characterization of the hybrid nanoparticles and of the evaluation of their electrochemical performances toward ORR and CO2RR. The recruited PhD will analyze the data and will monitor bibliographic literature.
The applicant should complete or hold a Master’s degree. The candidate should be enthusiastic and has interest in at least one of the following fields: electrochemistry, physical chemistry of surfaces, synthesis and characterization of nano-objects.

Funding : 36-months contract from CNRS (french scientific research organism) with gross monthly salary of 2135 € (netto 1715 €).

Interested applicants are invited to send a CV and a letter of motivation before June, 15, 2022.

Contact
Corinne Lagrost corinne.lagrost@univ-rennes1.fr
Yann Leroux yann.leroux@univ-rennes1.fr

 


February 2022

Post-doctoral research position in Analytical Chemistry is for the manufacturing and development of low-cost integrated chemical sensors for application in the field

Summary
The Electronic Tongue and Chemical Sensor Laboratory at the Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo (USP) – Brazil (https://www.iq.usp.br/trlcp/) are seeking to hire one post-doctoral researcher to work on a project entitled “Development of low-cost integrated chemical sensors for point-of-need applications.” The scholarship will be granted by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and the research is linked to the Thematic Project “Integrated miniaturized chemical sensors: novel fabrication platforms for biological, health and environmental applications” (Grant Number # 2018/08782-1), whose coordinator is Prof. Mauro Bertotti. The position is for the Thiago Paixão’s Lab.

The selected candidate will conduct research involving the development of chemical sensors for later use in the field using a low-cost and scalable procedure. To improve the sensitivity and selectivity of the response of chemical sensors manufactured, strategies based on modifying the surface of the transducers will be employed, if necessary.

USP is the largest Brazilian public university (90.000 enrolled students) and is highly recognized for its fundamental role in advancing research (currently, USP is responsible for more than 20% of all scientific production in Brazil). USP comprises several campuses, and our laboratory is located in the campus of the city of São Paulo, which is the main port of entry to Brazil. FAPESP is an independent public foundation to foster research and the scientific and technological development of the State of São Paulo.

Needed skills and experience
We want to have a motivated and creative researcher capable of designing and carrying out experiments, presenting papers at meetings, and writing scientific articles. Candidates must submit academic competitiveness at an international level, attested by publications in journals indexed in the topics of interest to the research project. Advanced training in Analytical Chemistry focused on the fabrication of sensors using different techniques, including 3D printed devices and a combination of detection techniques, will be considered a significant differential. Experience with microscopic and macroscopic scale simulation of sensors operation will also be a differential, in addition to the possibility of printing via inkjet technique using DIMATIX series printers (Fujifilm: https://www.fujifilm.com/us/en /about/region/affiliates/dimatix). The selected candidate is expected to help mentor undergraduate, graduate, and laboratory technicians as needed.

Contract Period and Project Start
The scholarship duration is 24 months. It can be extended for up 2 more years, depending on the evaluation of the work performed during the current period and the research plan for the extended period. The starting date for the successful candidate is flexible but is expected to start on April 1st, 2022.

Values and Conditions
1. Monthly grant (free of taxes) of R$ 7,373.10 (around U$ 1,228.00), plus 10% of the annual value for contingency expenses in items directly related to the research activity (Technical Reserve);
2. Financial support for travel and installation expenses may be requested for the selected applicant who lives out of São Paulo;
3. The candidate must have completed a Ph.D. not more than 5 years before starting the stipend.
Full details can be found at: http://www.fapesp.br/en/5427.

 

How to Apply
The submission deadline is March 14th, 2022, and interested candidates should apply exclusively by email (trlcp@iq.usp.br), including "FAPESP post-doctoral fellowship" as subject, followed by his/her name. The applicant must include the following documents in a single PDF file):
1. Summarized CV (maximum 2 pages), including published papers attesting the competence to develop the project;
2. A text in English, with a maximum of 2 pages, describing the previous experience in the field and suggestions to make the research more innovative and challenging.
3. Two recommendation letters.

 

Selection
Screening of applications will start as soon as they are received. The selection will be made based on the CV of the candidates (experience in the area of research of the project and the quality of publications), motivation, and evaluation of the recommendation letter. A Skype interview may be required for some applicants during the selection process. Candidates will receive the list of applicants and the result of the selection process until March 31st, 2022, by email. The selected candidate must submit the necessary documents for the FAPESP scholarship application within 15 days of his/her approval.

 

 


January 2022

 

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral research associate in the field of renewable energy storage.

 

This position is part of a project aimed at gaining a fundamental electrochemical insight supporting the rational catalyst design for renewable electricity storage.

 

This position is available at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry on March 1st, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree (at the time of the project commencement) in Chemistry, Physics or Material science. Expertise in electrocatalysis and rational material design as well as previous postdoctoral experience is highly desirable; experience with X-ray absorption spectroscopy would also be advantageous. The person appointed will be expected to work in a collaborative team, including regular liaison with the collaborating groups in Denmark (University of Copenhagen), Germany (Ulm University) and USA (Northeastern University), and should have effective written and verbal communication skills in English.

 

Full details can be found here: https://www.jh-inst.cas.cz/recruitment/postdoctoral-researcher-renewable-energy-storage

 

How to apply
To apply, please send your CV, List of publications and Motivation letter to recruitment@jh-inst.cas.cz .
Please, write in the subject line of your email SC2022_02.
Informal e-mail inquiries prior to making an application are welcome and should be addressed to Prof P.Krtil


January 2022

 

PhD topic on “Nanostructured electrode architecture for high efficiency Fuel Cells”
PhD position in in the group of Professor Philippe Vereecken at imec and the University of Leuven (KU-Leuven), Leuven, Belgium. (4-year period to be filled in asap).


Website: https://www.imec-int.com/en/energy-technologies/power-to-molecules-p2m

State-of-the-art hydrogen Fuel-cell technology relies on carbon-based membrane electrode assemblies with catalyst coatings for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR). Recently, our group has established a fabrication process for a three-dimensional metal nanomesh by combining anodization and electrodeposition processes. Unique to this nanomesh is its very large internal surface area of around 30x per micron in mesh thickness combined with a very high porosity of 70-80 % allowing easy transport of gasses through the regular spaced nanocages. Furthermore, the fully interconnected metal nanowire array has low resistance as compared to the carbon current collectors reducing Ohmic drop. In this PhD topic, a membrane electrode assembly or MEA based on this nanomesh will be designed for increasing efficiency of the fuel cell. A few micrometers thin electrodes already provide an effective catalytic surface area exceeding 100x while having excellent accessibility of reagents and products. The compact MEA leads to Fuel cells with high energy density while having low catalyst loading. A systematic investigation of transport and the confinement of reaction products in the nanomesh will provide the necessary insights for further optimization of the nanomesh architecture for maximum performance. Also, the catalytic properties of the nanomesh itself will be investigated, e.g., next to having a catalytic nanomesh material, 2D thin-film coatings will behave intrinsically different than nanoparticle decorated current collectors. The catalytic nanomesh is believed to be more durable than nanoparticle decorated current collectors. Finally, ionic coupling and ion transport within the nanomesh architectures will be addressed. This radical new design in electrocatalytic electrodes is expected to boost performance of gas diffusion electrodes for fuel cells and other vapor based electrochemical devices.

 

This PhD position is part of the BE-HyFE project, a training network with 16 PhD researchers working on hydrogen technology at Belgian universities and research institutes. The design, development, manufacturing, and electrochemical characterization of the materials will be performed at imec. This specific project will be in collaboration with the University of Liège where PEM-FC test benches will be used to characterize complete MEAs. Several trainings and workshops will be organized each year for the PhD students and their advisors within the training network.
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Please direct inquiries and application to Prof. Dr. Philippe Vereecken (philippe.vereecken@imec.be) and Dr. Rico Rupp (rico.rupp@imec.be).