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Postdoc Position in Catalysis/Biomass Conversion/Mining Waste Processing


A post-doctoral position in heterogeneous catalysis/materials processing is available at the University of Guelph in the laboratories of Prof. Marcel Schlaf and Prof. Emily Chiang. The research project aims at the use of Red Mud and other mining related iron-based & waste materials as (sacrificial) catalysts for the upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil to usable fuels with potential synergistic value-addition effects on the catalyst materials used (See websites given above for recent publications).

The project has a strong chemical engineering aspect and will depend on the use of the new dedicated CFI-funded high-pressure hydrogenation laboratory (capable of reactions at up to 500 °C and 340 atm H2 gas) and is thus suitable for candidates with a background and interest in inorganic chemistry/heterogeneous catalysis and/or chemical reaction/reactor engineering.

Experience in the use and maintenance of high-pressure autoclaves, NMR, IR, HPLC, GC and GC-MS, EA, Karl-Fischer Titrators, XRD, AAS, ICP-MS is an asset, but not necessarily required for all equipment/techniques listed.

The project is funded through grants from the BioFuelNet Canada NSERC Network of Centres of Excellence and Rio Tinto ALCAN.

Start date is June 1st, 2014 or a.s.a.p. thereafter. The position is initially for one year, but potentially renewable by mutual agreement and availability of funding. Salary for the first year is a minimum of 36,000 CAN$ plus benefits for a total of ~ 40,000 CAN$. Due to the anticipated close interaction with industrial and governmental partners excellent oral and written communication and documentation skills in English will be essential. Assumption of the position will also require the co-signing of an existing non-disclosure agreement with various collaborators and legal compliance with the agreement.

Please e-mail a CV, the names of at least two references, and date of availability to and

University of Guelph