Postdoctoral Researcher- PEM Fuel cell and Electrolyzer

Hydrogen Research Institute

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Job Location: Hydrogen Research Institute-UQTR

Job Description

We are a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in electrochemical energy conversion with a major interest in electrochemistry and PEM water electrolyser. The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in Chemical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or allied branches, with a unique profile to work on the project focusing on the development, design, and characterization of porous transport layer (PTL) for PEM water electrolysers.

  • Design strategy for developing corrosion-resistant porous transport layer (PTL) for effective gas product removal.
  • Implement thin-film and electroplating techniques for inducing a protective layer for corrosion protection of the PTL.
  • Perform electrochemical characterizations, AST, and other most-mortem analyses of the PTL and electrolyser components.
  • Analysis and communication of the obtained experimental data.
  • Active participation in the training, monitoring, and supervision of students.
  • Participate in group meetings and provide an update on work progress.
  • Lab management and co-ordinating with Ph.D. students and Postdocs.
  • Close collaboration with the university and an industrial partner.
  • Writing papers and patents and presenting the results at conferences.
  • Writing progress reports


Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Science, or Materials Science.
  • In-depth knowledge of thin-film deposition and electroplating.
  • Experience in flow through porous media, two-phase flow, and mass transfer in the perspective of a PEM water electrolyser is required.
  • Solid knowledge of the porous transport layer and components of the PEM water electrolyzer.
  • Experience in accelerated stress testing (AST) of the PEM water electrolyser for studying the degradation mechanisms.
  • Strong material characterization skills (SEM, TEM, XRD, XRF, FTIR, XPS, etc.).
  • Extensive experience with electrochemical diagnostic methods (EIS, CV, LSV, etc.).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as evidenced by a substantial publication and conference presentation record.
  • Strong organization, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to work quickly and reliably while under pressure.
  • The candidate should possess skills to work independently, collaborate, and work as a team.

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