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Post Doctoral Fellowship, Large Area Coated Organic Photovoltaics, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

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Job ID: 15558

Updated: August 16, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

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.

One of the CFREF themes focuses on bioenergy and includes the air capture of carbon dioxide, organic photovoltaics, production of algal biomass, conversion of biomass to methane and other products, and life cycle assessment.

Currently we have one Postdoctoral position available for a 2018 start date.

Successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of materials and organic chemists, microbial ecologists, bio- and chemical engineers, currently consisting of 6 principal investigators and >10 postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and undergraduates. We seek applications from qualified candidates within 1-4 years of their PhD degree. The required qualifications are as follows:

PhD in chemistry, physics or materials science with an emphasis on organic electronics and/or solar cells. The ability to fabricate and test organic solar cell devices. Experience with large area module fabrication is required. The successful candidate will be expected to optimized small area organic solar cells, establish protocols for large area films and module fabrication using slot-die/flexographic coating, and oversee integration of the photovoltaic modules.

For more information please contact Prof. Welch

In addition, the candidate will be required to work within a team environment and so excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must.

The postdoctoral position offers a salary of $55,000 CDN/year for two (2) years, plus benefits, travel and computer allowance, and operating budget.

The Postdoctoral fellow will be expected to apply for major funding opportunities they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, Killam, AITF, Banting).

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 and what your availability is. 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 positio

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

Background information

McAfee, S. M.; Payne, A. J.; Dayneko, S. V.; Kini, G. P.; Song, C. E.; Lee, J. C.; Welch, G. C. (2017) A Non- Fullerene Acceptor with a Diagnostic Morphological Handle for Streamlined Screening of Donor Materials in Organic Solar Cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 5, 16907-16913.

Hendsbee AD, Sun JP, Law WK, Yan H, Hill IG, Spasyuk DM, Welch GC. (2016) Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Solar Cell Performance of N-Annulated Perylene Diimide Non-Fullerene Acceptor. Chemistry of Materials. 28, 7098-7109.

Cooper, J. C.; Luo, C.; Kameyama, R.; Van Humbeck, J. F. (2018) Combined Iron/Hydroxytriazole Dual Catalytic System for Site Selective Oxidation Adjacent to Azaheterocycles. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 140, 1243.

Sharp CE, Urschel S, Dong X, Brady AL, and Strous M. (2017) Robust, high-productivity phototrophic carbon capture at high pH and alkalinity using natural microbial communities. Biotech Biofuels. 10: 84.

Canon-Rubio KA, Sharp CE, Bergerson J, Strous M, De la Hoz-Siegler H. (2016) Use of highly alkaline conditions to improve cost-effectiveness of algal biotechnology. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 100:4, 1611-1622.

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; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (

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.

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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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