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University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship Advertisement

The University of Waterloo Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering invites applications for one Postdoctoral Fellowship to be conducted with our collaborator, Ballard Power Systems, at their location in Burnaby, BC, Canada.  The appointment is initially for one year, renewable for up to another year, depending on satisfactory performance. The position is expected to start June 28, 2021.

As part of our CUTRIC (Canadian Urban Transit & Research Consortium) and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) funded projects the Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to undertake a program of original research in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, and Ballard’s Research team of scientists & engineers.  Reporting to both the Project Lead Dr. Xianguo Li at the University of Waterloo, and Electrodes Manager Alan Young at Ballard Power Systems, the successful candidate will support innovative design studies and develop advanced cathode catalysts.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Conduct experimental studies to support advanced fuel cell catalyst development for enhanced performance and durability
  • Synthesize advanced fuel cell catalysts
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of, critically analyze, and summarize fuel cell catalysis literature
  • Prepare samples and characterize advanced catalyst concepts developed at any of the three project partners
  • Analyze, interpret and summarize electrochemical data
  • Work effectively both as part of a research team of scientists and research engineers and individually to achieve technical goals in demonstrating catalyst concept in a membrane electrode assembly (MEA)
  • Troubleshoot instrument and equipment problems

Requirements include, but not limited to:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Material Science or relevant Engineering field.
  • Proficiency in electrocatalysis and PEMFC
  • Experience in inorganic and electrochemical syntheses of PGM catalysts
  • Strong lab skills in catalyst characterization and testing. Experience working in an industrial Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell lab is an asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by a strong publication and conference presentation record
  • Strong organization, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work quickly and reliably while under pressure

Candidates should apply by sending emails to Xianguo Li at Xianguo.Li@uwaterloo.ca, and Natalia Kremliakova at natalia.kremliakova@ballard.com, the following items:  candidate’s CV, bibliography, research statement, and the email addresses of three referees who should send in references promptly for a full consideration of the application.  Application may be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates, encourages and supports increased equity, diversity and inclusion in the research and training environment. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

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