Postdoctoral Fellow - Electrochemical Systems

At MéridaLabs, we are recruiting a motivated and solution-oriented postdoctoral fellow (PDF). Our group focuses on integrated energy systems research that encompasses breakthrough technologies, policy, energy conversion, new business models, techno-economic and life cycle analyses, machine learning, optimization, AI, intelligent networks, among others.

The PDF will join an ongoing project studying production of green hydrogen via high temperature and pressure (HTP) water electrolysis being investigated through a custom-built HTP reactor. This work departs from traditional water electrolysis conditions, and seeks to assess component behaviour and system performance under HTP conditions. Part of this work will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Quebec at Trois Rivieres (UQTR). The scope for this role also includes work on reference electrode development for electrolysis cells, including long-term accelerated stress tests.

The ideal candidate is expected to i) have strong hands-on experience in electrochemical device applications and characterization techniques; ii) have practical experience in electrochemical cell and cell stack design, especially for water electrolysis; iii) have the ability to conduct electrochemical characterizations on the HTP setup; iv) be able to analyze and interpret experimental data using various data analysis software (e.g., Excel, Python and Origin); vi) develop new testing procedures and identify/implement process improvements; vii) report and troubleshoot issues related to instrumentation and testing.

The position will be embedded in a team where a high degree of interaction and collaboration is expected toward completion of all project objectives. This role will have the opportunity to develop the above lines of research, support and mentor student teams, and identify ways to expand the relationship with our partners and identify new research goals. In addition to excellent communication, project management, and technical writing skills, suitable candidates should also have the following:

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in electrochemistry, chemical science or materials science
  • Proven experience working in an academic or industrial lab setting on electrochemical systems
  • Have an in-depth understanding of electrochemistry fundamentals
  • Experience with Python and/or other programming languages to streamline data processing and analysis
  • Have a broad knowledge of equipment, techniques and tools used in testing and characterization of electrochemical systems
  • Motivated to learn and apply new skills and passionate about innovations in clean tech for clean energy
  • Resourceful and takes strong personal accountability and commitment to achieving and exceeding goals and objectives
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team environment.

The fellowship will be for a one-year appointment, renewable subject to performance. The annual salary for this position will be in the $65,000/$70,000 range. The position is available from now until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications including a cover letter and curriculum vitae should be sent to Dr. Paolo Marcazzan (paolo.marcazzan@ubc.ca).

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

 
Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-58006 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

 
 
 
 
 

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