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Job Posting: FCReL PhD Student Fellowship Opportunities

August 07, 2018
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FCReL (Fuel Cell Research Laboratory) is offering the following PhD student fellowship opportunities:

Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

There is an immediate opportunity for a 3-year PhD student fellowship at the Simon Fraser University Fuel Cell Research Laboratory in collaboration with local fuel cell industry partners to conduct research on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The PhD program is slated to start in January 2019 although the fellowship term may begin as early as September 2018, or as soon as possible.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct theoretical/computational modeling of physical, electrochemical and chemical processes in PEMFCs.
  • In-house fabrication of membrane electrode assemblies for fuel cell testing.
  • Carry out experiments related to PEMFC performance and durability using specialized diagnostic techniques including in-situ and in-operando visualization.
  • Characterize PEMFC components using advanced spectroscopic and microscopic techniques coupled with physico-chemical methods, e.g., BET, MSP, DVS, DMA, etc., to understand the relation between structure, composition and properties of components with performance/durability.
  • Analyze, interpret and summarize test data.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge, critically analyze, and summarize related PEMFC materials, technology and application literature.
  • Work effectively within a research team of scientists and research engineers to accomplish technical objectives.
  • Develop solutes of enhanced fuel cell durability and performance.

Requirements:

  • Master's and/or Bachelor's degree in mechanical, materials, or chemical engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Prior mechanistic/computational modeling and/or experimental R&D experience.
  • Experience in transport phenomena, porous materials, electrochemistry, and/or polymer engineering.
  • Strong interest and commitment in sustainable green energy systems.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong hands-on capabilities and aptitudes.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a small team and as an individual researcher.

Development of a low-pressure hydrogen storage system based on hydrogen storage nanomaterials

There is an immediate opportunity for a PhD student fellowship supported by the Mitacs Accelerate program to work with the research team in Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M) and Simon Fraser University to conduct research in new generation of materials for hydrogen storage. The PhD program is slated to start in January 2019 although the fellowship term may begin as early as September 2018, or as soon as possible.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a research project focused on process engineering methods for optimization and production of hydrogen storage nanomaterials at both lab scale and bulk scale.
  • Test and analyze hydrogen storage materials using state-of-the-art equipment and measurement tools.
  • Carry out experiments on characterization of new materials using advancing spectroscopic and microscopic techniques e.g., SEM (EDX), HRTEM, EELS, XPS, Raman, XRD etc., coupled with physico-chemical methods, e.g., BET, MSP, etc., to understand the structure, composition, and properties of the materials.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of, critically analyze, and summarize related hydrogen storage materials literature.
  • Analyze, interpret and summarize test data.
  • Work effectively within a research team of scientists and research engineers to accomplish technical objectives.
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge on the functional behaviour of nanomaterials-based hydrogen storage systems.

Requirements:

  • Master's and/or Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, materials science/engineering, chemistry, physics or a related discipline.
  • Experience in nano-material synthesis and/or engineering will be a strong asset.
  • Proficiency in materials characterization using analytical methods.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong hands-on capabilities and aptitudes.
  • Ability to work as part of a small team and as an individual researcher in close collaboration with industry.

Eligibility:

This position is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants. Admission to the PhD program at Simon Fraser University is required (visit www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future.html).

Application Instructions:

To apply for either position, please contact Dr. Natalia Kremliakova, FCReL Lab Manager (natalia_kremliakova@sfu.ca) by August 17, 2018, including a cover letter and resume addressing how you meet and exceed the requirements.

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