Careers

Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto:

  1. High-temperature CO2 electrolysis

The conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemical feedstocks, powered by renewable electricity, is a promising route to close the carbon cycle. We are seeking exceptional PDFs to lead projects in the reduction of CO2 to value-added using high-temperature electrolysis. Candidates must have experience with high-temperature electrolysis, such as Solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC), solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC), or protonic ceramic electrochemical cells (PCEC).

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
  • CO2 electrolysis
  • Catalyst materials design and synthesis
  • Reactor design and optimization
  • Scale up
  • Transport phenomena

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 Mar 31, 2021 to Alex Ip and Ted Sargent (alex.ip@utoronto.ca, and ted.sargent@utoronto.ca). Please use the subject line “PDF-High-temperature CO2 Electrolysis” to reference this opportunity. Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until filled.

 

2. Materials, devices, and circuit design for ultrafast sensors

Our group unites chemistry, physics, and engineering within eight experimental laboratories at the University of Toronto. Our mission is to advance the physics and chemistry of optoelectronic materials and devices, and to apply this knowledge to address key challenges in sustainable energy and next-generation optoelectronic devices. Our group culture fosters win-win teamwork; communication that clarifies and finds connections and new scientific avenues; and that strives for excellence.

We are recruiting postdoctoral fellows in the development of materials, devices, and systems for ultrafast sensing applications. The research is aimed at building next-generation time-of-flight LiDAR systems through fundamental advances in the science of novel semiconductors and device architectures.

We are seeking extraordinary candidates that combine demonstrated expertise in more than one of the next categories with excellent oral and written communications skills:

– Materials synthesis, surface chemistry, and analytical characterization

– Materials science and photophysical characterization

– Deep knowledge of solid-state semiconductors

– Device fabrication skills and experience with at least one {colloidal quantum dots, perovskites, silicon, organics} or other novel semiconductors

– Physics and device multiscale modelling with tools such as COMSOL, Sentaurus, SCAPS and circuit modelling tools.

– RF circuit design and system integration and experience with CMOS.

– Data processing, coding.

Successful candidates are expected to attain first-authored publications in high-impact journals and cultivate their mentoring skills by devoting a fraction of their time to the supervision of graduate students in the group and developing new research directions.

Applications should be sent before January 10th, 2020, to Prof. Ted Sargent (ted.sargent@utoronto.ca) and Dr. F. Pelayo Garcia de Arquer (pelayo.garciadearquer@utoronto.ca) at the University of Toronto. Please list 3 referees who have confirmed that they are willing to supply letters of reference upon request.

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.

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.

 

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.