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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Computational Modeling of High-Temperature Electrocatalysts, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Job ID: 13964

Updated: October 6, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Computational Modeling of High-Temperature Electrocatalysts

In 2016, the University of Calgary was awarded $75 million, over seven years, from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for its initiative entitled: Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources. The goal of this research is to dramatically reduce the impact of energy extraction and energy use on the environment.

As part of the implementation of its GRI scientific strategy and to improve hydrocarbon recovery, while reducing emissions and energy intensity, the University of Calgary-Technion collaboration seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) with expertise in theoretical chemistry to work on a project that is focused on the production of climate neutral synthetic fuels. The primary aim of the research associated with this position is the use of computational tools to investigate new high-temperature electrocatalysts for the selective conversion of CO2 to useful products, using DFT and other modeling tools.

The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team involving a number of principal investigators with expertise in computational chemistry, electrochemistry, surface science, and materials science, also working closely with other PDFs and graduate students. The candidate will be expected to spend his/her time at both UofC (Calgary) and Technion (Haifa, Israel), working with teams at both universities.

We are therefore seeking applications from qualified candidates who are within 4 years of their Ph.D. degree to fill one Postdoctoral Fellow position, with the following expected qualifications:

Modeling/Screening Electrocatalysts: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science with experience in the use of Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods and ideally with some experience in modelling of heterogeneous electrocatalytic reactions. In addition, the candidate will be required to work within a team environment, working effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers. The successful applicant is also expected to have very good communication skills.

The UCalgary postdoctoral positions offer a stipend of $55,000 CAD/year, plus benefits, travel and computer allowance, and operating budgets. The candidate will be offered a one-year contract, with extension for a second year pending satisfactory performance. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, Killam, AITF, Banting).

In assembling the CFREF research teams, aggressive diversity and equity targets are in place and so applications from under-represented groups are especially encouraged.

Applications should consist of a current CV, a list of 2¿3 referees with contact information and a cover letter, indicating which area you are interested in, as well as your availability. The positions are available immediately and the search will continue until the team is assembled.

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment. Please review the Eligibility page for more information prior to applying for this position.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about opportunities in Energy Research, visit Careers in Energy at the University of Calgary.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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