Date posted: Feb 17, 2023

2 PhD and 2 MSc Positions in Solid State Materials and Catalysis

Smith Group, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Waterloo | Waterloo, Canada

Opportunity Type: Full-time

Current Program: Master's, Doctorate

Topics: Materials, Nanoscience, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Sciences

Sector: Academia

Compensation: Paid

Remote Position: No

Opportunity Description:

The Smith Group from University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemistry invites applications from outstanding candidates to undertake MSc and PhD studies on solid state materials. Multiple positions are available, including (i) the fabrication and characterization of nanoparticulate solids and composite materials, (ii) analysis of catalytic reaction mechanisms, and the development of spectroscopic techniques to study mechanisms for (iii) solid-state reactions and (iv) reactions at solid-liquid interfaces. The successful applicants will have completed a BSc in Chemistry or a closely related field with good standing. They need not have direct research experience in the field, but require strong foundational knowledge in chemistry. They will be skilled in oral and written communication and be capable of working both independently and as part of a team. Information regarding funding and tuition, graduate program requirements, course selections, and program resources are available on University of Waterloo's Department of Chemistry Graduate Studies website.

How to Apply?

Interested applicants should forward either a resume or a CV, a transcript, and a short statement summarizing their background knowledge and research interests to Dr. Rodney Smith at If selected for further review, applicants will be required to provide contact information for two references. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, but 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.

Program Dates:

Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024, or Fall 2024

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