University of Toronto (U of T)

Positions in CO2 Electrocatalysis and Thermodynamics

Sinton Lab - University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Positions in CO2 Electrocatalysis and Thermodynamics

Professor David Sinton (www.sintonlab.com) is seeking two postdoctoral fellows, starting immediately. The successful candidates will focus on one of two current research areas:

1 – Thermodynamics and Machine Learning for Renewable Energy Applications

A grand challenge before the thermofluids community is the development of efficient and effective fluids to advance renewable energy applications and to increase the energy efficiency. The Sinton Lab (www.sintonlab.com) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in this area, particularly with deep expertise in one or more of thermodynamics, thermofluids, and machine learning. The group is mission-driven, and the mission is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of geothermal energy and cooling applications. Specifically, we are developing bespoke, high performance working fluids for geothermal energy applications and cooling applications – including advanced phase change materials, and blends. Our approach is a blend of fundamental thermodynamics analysis, high-throughput microfluidics-based industrial fluid testing systems, and ultimately AI-guidance of the experimental system. Meeting this challenge will require excellence and innovation in both fundamental thermofluids and automated high throughput fluid testing.

Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry, and have a strong track-record of academic excellence and research impact.

2 – Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Products

The conversion of CO2 into valued products using renewable electrical energy is a route to displace fossil fuel sources, reduce CO2 emissions and provide storage of intermittent renewables. The Sinton Lab (www.sintonlab.com) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in this area, particularly with expertise in the electrocatalytic conversion of CO2. The group is mission-driven, and the mission is to achieve energy efficient conversion of CO2 to valued, large-market products and feedstocks including methane, ethanol, propanol and ethylene. Meeting this challenge will require excellence and innovation in both chemistry and systems engineering. We see particularly exciting opportunities where the chemistry and systems aspects are evolved together, where the catalyst structure inspires the reactor structure, and vice versa. This PDF will be integrated within a diverse and dynamic sub-group and work in collaboration with members of the Sargent Lab.

Candidates must have a PhD in Chemistry or Engineering and have a strong track-record of academic excellence and research impact.

Location, Job Description and Salary

Our labs are located in the Mechanical Engineering building at the Downtown Toronto Campus (St. George) at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate is expected to both lead independent research and be a resource within this multidisciplinary team. The candidate will also liaise directly with industrial partners and contribute to funding and commercialization efforts. Salary will be $50,000/year.

Process

Highly motivated applicants are invited to send a cover letter, a CV, and a list of three references as a single PDF file to David Sinton (sinton@mie.utoronto.ca), by the closing date of June 30, 2019. The expected starting date is September 2019. The term is 1 year, with the possibility of renewal. Please put “PDF-Renewable Energy” or “PDF-CO2 conversion” in the subject line to reference the opportunity of interest. Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until filled.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

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Positions in CO2 Electrocatalysis and Thermodynamics