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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Solid State Catalyst Design

April 30, 2024

The Smith Group from University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemistry invites applications from exceptional candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship that will play a leadership role in a multi-year academic-industrial collaboration. The collaboration will involve development of nanoparticulate solids, their integration into composite materials, and their application for catalytic reactions. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Smith, a team of graduate students, and the industrial collaborator to design, synthesize, and characterize catalysts and the composites to support them, and apply them as catalysts. The successful applicant will have prior experience in a relevant field of research, such as catalytic reactor design, solid-state chemistry, heterogeneous (electro)catalysis, or materials characterization. They will have demonstrated experience with techniques to synthesize solid state materials, expertise with modern materials characterization techniques, and excellent communication skills. The successful applicant will participate in research, assist with project management and mentorship, and interface with the industrial partner. The research will primarily take place at the University of Waterloo, but will require periodic trips to nearby industrial partner facilities.

The salary for the position is $50,000 - 60,000 CAD per year plus benefits, depending on experience. The contract will be for an initial term of one year and can be extended upon mutual agreement. The position will begin in June, 2024. The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Applicants with a demonstrated record of research productivity, creativity, independence, mentorship, and teamwork are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter stating their relevant experience and summarizing their contributions in the area, a CV, and contact information for two professional references to Dr. Rodney Smith at All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, but qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be given priority. If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process, or eligibility, please contact Dr. Rodney Smith. The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Dr. Rodney Smith.

The Smith Group and the University of Waterloo value the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. Equity and diversity are an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. We encourage applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. Applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized are encouraged, including applicants who identify as Indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations, Métis, Inuit/Inuk), Black, racialized, people with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within the Office of Indigenous Relations.