Staff Scientist (Polymers)

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 09/15/2023
Req ID:33968
School/Division: School of Arts & Science
Division: Acceleration Consortium
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Acceleration Consortium (AC) on the College of Toronto (U of T) is main a transformative shift in scientific discovery that may speed up expertise growth and commercialization. The AC is a worldwide group of academia, trade, and authorities that leverages the ability of synthetic intelligence (AI), robotics, supplies sciences, and high-throughput chemistry to create self-driving laboratories (SDLs), additionally referred to as supplies acceleration platforms (MAPs). These autonomous labs quickly design supplies and molecules wanted for a sustainable, wholesome, and resilient future, with functions starting from renewable vitality and shopper electronics to medication.    AC Employees Scientists will advance the infield of AI-driven autonomous discovery and develop the supplies and molecules required to deal with society’s largest challenges, reminiscent of local weather change, water air pollution, and future pandemics.

Hiring is happening on a rolling consumption. Please apply asap and don’t look forward to the listed job cut-off date.

The Acceleration Consortium obtained a $200M Canadian First Analysis Excellence Grant for seven years to develop self-driving labs for chemistry and supplies, the biggest ever grant to a Canadian College. This grant will present the Acceleration Consortium with seven years of funding to execute its imaginative and prescient.

The AC is creating seven superior SDLs. These embody:

  • Inorganic solid-state supplies,
  • Natural small molecules for superior supplies,
  • Drug discovery with chemical probes,
  • Polymers for supplies science and organic functions,
  • Formulations for prescription drugs, shopper merchandise, and coatings,
  • Biocompatibility (organ-on-a-chip), and
  • Artificial scale-up of supplies and molecules.
  • This position is for a Employees Scientist inside SDL4: Polymers.

    Experience in a number of of the next areas is desired:

    Polymer experience

      • Excessive-throughput polymer synthesis and processing
      • Structural, electrochemical, and/or (opto)electrical characterization of polymers
      • Bodily, theoretical and/or computational polymer chemistry and physics
      • Utilized polymer experience in electrochemical vitality storage, sustainability and recycling, formulations, optoelectronics, and extra

    Synthetic intelligence / automation experience

      • Machine studying in polymer science
      • Robotics and automation
      • Experimental planning and design/optimum management
      • Programming and high-performance computing
      • Cheminformatics

    The Senior Employees Scientists will work with a various staff of main consultants at U of T, together with: Professors Helen Tran and Dwight Seferos.

    The Employees Scientists concerned within the AC are extremely expert and skilled researchers who will work independently to develop the AI and automation applied sciences required to construct strong and scalable self-driving labs, handle these SDLs, and design and implement analysis packages (primarily based on the course of the AC’s scientific management staff) that leverage the SDL platforms to find supplies and molecules. Furthermore, the Employees Scientists will work collectively, sharing data amongst one another, school, and trainees. This position will report back to the Tutorial Director and Government Director of the Acceleration Consortium.

    We’re hiring each Employees Scientists and Employees Analysis Scientists (restricted time period). Whereas Employees Scientists are anticipated to have 5 years of post-PhD expertise, people with a related Ph.D. and related experience can qualify for Employees Analysis Scientist (restricted time period).

    The parts and duties of the work embody:

  • SDL and Automation Growth
  • Working with the AC group, together with school and companions to find out the required capabilities of the SDLs to be constructed. Creating the plans for SDLs that may meet person necessities and designing novel devices for automated materials synthesis and characterization. Creating personalized {hardware} and Python software program packages to construct SDLs. Choice, procurement, and set up of the tools required for SDLs.

  • Analysis Path
  • Working independently to develop analysis packages that leverage the AC’s SDLs and helps the analysis targets AC school and trade companions.  Utilizing SDLs to synthesize and characterize giant portions of candidate molecules, calibrating theoretical fashions with experimental information, predicting promising candidates with computational instruments and machine studying algorithms, and elucidating structure-property relationships of rising molecules, polymers, solid-state supplies, formulations, and so forth.

    Duties embody: 

    • Managing the analysis and growth tasks of AC’s trade companions when carried out in AC labs.
    • Creating plans that help analysis collaborations and planning and estimating monetary sources required for packages and/or tasks.
    • Working with Product Managers to make sure analysis outcomes meet companion necessities.
    • Selling AC’s analysis capability, together with delivering displays at conferences.
    • Collaboration within the preparation and submission of analysis proposals to granting businesses and progress reporting. 
    • Getting ready manuscripts for submission to see evaluate publications/journals and stewarding them via the method.
  • Different
    • Supporting consulting providers associated to the applying of SDLs for supplies discovery for the AC’s companions.
    • Help research-focused occasions reminiscent of Annual Symposium


    Training – Ph.D. in chemistry, supplies science, life sciences, physics, engineering, robotics, laptop science, or associated self-discipline



    • Robust in speaking successfully and effectively in oral and written English
    • Collegial in working with staff members and collaborators
    • Means to work independently


    • Should have a powerful publication report
    • Demonstrated success in writing and getting ready manuscripts, displays, experiences, briefs, and scientific abstracts and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.

    Closing Date: 12/31/2023, 11:59PM ET
    Worker Group: Analysis Affiliate
    Appointment Sort: Grant – Persevering with
    Schedule: Full-Time
    Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: 
    55K – 150K (wage can be assessed primarily based on expertise and expertise)
    Job Class: Analysis Administration & Instructing

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