Careers

Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto

  1. PDFs in Machine-Learning- & Quantum-Computing-Accelerated Discovery
  2. PDFs in Electrocatalytic Upgrade of CO2

 

  1. PDFs in Machine-Learning- & Quantum-Computing-Accelerated Discovery

The research group works to unite advances in machine learning and quantum computing with:

  • computational catalysis, such as the discovery of improved catalysts for selective and efficient reduction of CO2 to valuable low-carbon fuels and feedstocks;
  • computational materials discovery, such as finding new perovskites and related materials for next-generation solar energy, light emission, and sensing;
  • high-throughput experimentation, such as the use of robotic synthesis and characterization to accelerate materials discovery.

We are hiring multiple post-doctoral fellows who bring:

As highest priority:

  1. Experience in quantum computing software and/or hardware.
  2. Extensive experience in programming (please share you GitHub/GitLab/bitbucket link). Python coding experience is necessary.
  3. Excellent knowledge of local and global optimization methods/linear algebra. Proven expertise in writing optimization engines is required.
  4. Strong written and oral communication and time management skills.

Desirably (but these skills one could plan to learn/deepen during PDF):

  1. Experience in first-principles calculations for materials/catalysts or in quantum computing. Experience in at least one plane-wave quantum chemistry code such as VASP, Quantum Espresso, etc.

The salary will be $55,000/year, with an expected start date of Oct. 1, 2020. Our labs are located in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the downtown Toronto campus (St. George) of the University of Toronto.

Applications should be sent by July 20, 2020, to Ted Sargent ted.sargent@utoronto.ca. Please use the subject line “Machine-Learning- & Quantum-Computing-Accelerated Discovery” to reference this opportunity. 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 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.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

  1. PDFs in Electrocatalytic Upgrade of CO2

The conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemical feedstocks, powered by renewable electricity, is a promising route to close the carbon cycle. The Sargent and Sinton groups at the University of Toronto seek exceptional PDFs to lead projects in the reduction of CO2 and CO to valued products methane, ethanol, and ethylene, paired with oxidation reactions and systems that upgrade and decarbonize valuable products. The research is mission driven with the applied goal of efficient and scalable electroproduction of fuels and feedstocks that are mainstays of global energy and major contributors to current CO2 emissions.

The principal goal of the PDFs will be first-authored publications in high-impact journals; accompanied with an expectation that each PDF will devote a fraction of time to co-mentoring graduate students in the group.

Candidates are expected to bring proven leadership in motivating and managing small teams; evidence of excellent organizational and time-management skills; excellent communication skills, including the capacity to offer thoughtful and clear technical guidance on research projects; and clear and efficient writing. Candidates will bring proven expertise in one or more of the following domains:

– Electrochemical systems, fuel cell systems

– Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis

– Chemical process engineering, process chemistry

– CO2RR, CORR

– Membrane materials

– Transport phenomena

– Computational modelling of transport phenomena; microkinetics; DFT

The salary will be $55,000/year, with an expected start date of Sept 1 2020 or Jan 1 2021. The term will be 1 year, with the possibility of renewal. Our labs are located in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the downtown Toronto campus (St. George) of the University of Toronto.

Applications should be sent by July 20, 2020, to Dave Sinton, Alex Ip, and Ted Sargent (sinton@mie.utoronto.ca, alex.ip@utoronto.ca, and ted.sargent@utoronto.ca). Please use the subject line “PDF-Electrocatalytic upgrade of CO2” to reference this opportunity. 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 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.

We continue to welcome applications from outstanding PDF candidates wishing to contribute to other areas of research. Please email (ted.sargent@utoronto.ca) with your CV and proposed research. Only candidates chosen for further evaluation will be contacted.

MASc and Ph.D. degree positions

We are recruiting graduate students for M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degree positions. Please email (ted.sargent@utoronto.ca) with your CV and unofficial transcripts to initiate a conversation about opportunities in the Sargent group. Please go to https://www.ece.utoronto.ca/graduates/office/ for information on applying for graduate studies in ECE at the University of Toronto.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.