Postdoctoral Fellow - Synthetic Materials Chemistry

Faculty of Science - Chemistry

Competition No.  -    A104944508
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

One postdoctoral position is available immediately to support the research of Prof. Steven H. Bergens (PI, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta) within the Future Energy Systems (FES) program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The position is available for one to two years with possibility for renewal.

The research will involve working with materials and synthetic chemists. The synthetic chemists will synthesize abundant dyes and catalysts for visible-light driven water oxidation, H2 formation, and CO2 or N2 reduction. This postdoc will work with the synthetic group to design methods that incorporate the prepared dyes and catalysts into photoelectrodes. The structures and photoactivities of the electrodes will be determined. The research is to be carried out in consultation with the PI and other research collaborators.

  • The research requires strong working experience in electrochemistry and photoelectrodes. The project will involve electrocatalysis (including drop casting, CV, potentiostatic measurements, IR compensation, surface characterization (solid-state and solution-phase UV-vis, IR, XPS), determination of faradaic efficiencies) as well as photoactivity measurements (incident photon to charge carrier efficiency, product quantification with GC, NMR, HPLC). 
  • Assist in oversight of research projects of graduate and undergraduate students, and other personnel to achieve targeted research objectives within timelines
  • Manage day-to-day operation of the research laboratory, including maintaining equipment and supplies, overseeing troubleshooting of problems, and ensuring adherence to safety protocols
  • Analyze, interpret, and report research results; assist in preparation of publications and grant applications; present results in meetings, seminars, and conferences

The candidate possesses

  • Ph.D. degree in Electrochemistry, with experience in photoelectrodes
  • Strong publication and presentation track record in this area
  • Experience in mentoring and training students as part of a research team
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, including demonstrated leadership qualities and interaction with collaborators
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to present to a wide range of audiences

To Apply:

Forward your CV, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to: Steven Bergens (
Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2G2

Closing date:

Position open until filled

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.