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Postdoctoral Scholar, Global Research Initiative (GRI) in Electrochemical CO2 Conversion, Institute of Energy

Job ID: 19441

Updated: October 9, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Area: Global Research Initiative (GRI) in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources

Duration: One year with the possibility of Extension

Start Date: Immediate

Salary: $55,000 per year plus Plan C Health Insurance Benefits

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Global Research Initiative (GRI) in Electrochemical CO2 Conversion.

Job Description:

Kibria group is currently working on the development of highly active catalyst and high throughput systems for renewable fuel synthesis. We are currently developing nanostructured electro- and photo-catalyst materials and systems for CO2 conversion into high-value products, including long-chain hydrocarbons and oxygenates. We actively participate in the development of next generation catalysts, their characterization by various techniques including Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy-Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Raman, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), Cyclic Voltammetry, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as well as multiphysics simulations and Density Function Theory (DFT) calculations. 
We are seeking applications from qualified and motivated scientists with a passion for clean energy and interdisciplinary research. The successful candidate will be required to work within a team environment. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers is a must.


We welcome applications from candidates with a background in electrochemical energy conversion systems, including catalyst synthesis, characterization, design and build electrochemical systems.  

  • Demonstrated solid background in electrochemical CO2 conversion system
  • Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature 
  • Synthesize and characterize new catalyst materials 
  • Design and build electrochemical cells for energy conversion reactions 
  • Work closely with project team members across disciplines to deliver timely results.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including grant writing

Application Details:

Interested candidates should upload their current CV, statement of interests/cover letter indicating which area you are interested in, as well as your availability. Please send contact information for two to three references to Dr. Kibria (

The position is available immediately and the search will continue until the team is assembled. In assembling the CFREF and / or GRI research teams, aggressive diversity and equity targets are in place. Applications from under-represented groups are especially encouraged.


Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Institute of Energy visit Opportunities in Energy Research.

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