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Postdoctoral Fellow — Operando TEM / XAS

We are looking for a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow to lead research efforts on in situ / operando characterization of electrochemical catalysts by TEM and XAS. Please see the position posting here.

Position Description

We are seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow candidate to work on a research project taking place at McMaster University, Canada, in collaboration with our industry, academic and government research partners. This project focuses on the in situ / operando characterization of electrochemical CO2 reduction catalysts and electrodes, using transmission electron microscopy and/or X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The applicant will have access to world-class facilities for materials synthesis, advanced characterization (such as at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy and the Canadian Light Source) and electrochemical energy technology research working within Professor Drew Higgins’ research team in the Department of Chemical Engineering (

Applicants for this position must have or be close to receiving their PhD degree in an area of science or engineering, and should have experience in at least two of these areas:

  • Experimental electrochemistry and electrochemical technologies, such as electrolyzers, batteries or fuel cells, with experience in electrochemical CO2 conversion considered an asset.

  • Transmission electron microscopy, with experience conducting in situ liquid transmission electron microscopy considered an asset.

  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy, including sample measurements, data processing and analysis. Experience with in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy is considered an asset.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive experience and training in experimental research on in situ / operando characterization of electrocatalyst materials, will work in a diverse and multi-disciplinary research environment with tremendous opportunities for collaboration, and will network and interact with world leading academic, industrial, and government researchers through programs such as the Alliance for AI-Accelerated Materials Discovery and the National Research Council of Canada’s Clean Energy Materials Challenge program. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also improve their leadership and project management capabilities with opportunity for involvement in overseeing the in situ characterization research thrust within the Higgins’ group.

Start Date: ASAP. The position will initially be for a minimum period of 1-year, with opportunity to extend beyond that duration. Review of applications will begin September 15th, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Application process: Interested applicants should send their cover letter, CV and the names of three prospective referees to ( The Higgins group and McMaster University are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. While all qualified applicants are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from individuals that identify with groups traditionally underrepresented in Engineering, and we will strive to hire individuals who share our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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