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Postdoctoral Associate: Chemistry or Materials Science

on February 22, 2021

The Organic Mechatronics and Smart Materials Laboratory is currently seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Associate for an appointment beginning as soon as possible, and lasting approximately 12 months.

Description of Research and Position

Conjugated polymers (CPs) are typically prepared as simple thin-films or powders which has hindered their wide-spread adoption. Therefore, new functional materials and manufacturing processes are essential to exploit these materials. Our solution is a patent-pending innovation combining a novel Material and its concomitant Manufacturing Process that yields 3D CP structures via the digital light processing (DLP) additive manufacturing process. The objective of Phase I of this I2I project is to develop and optimize our prototype CP materials and DLP fabrication technology to further advance this innovation towards commercialization.

To learn more about the technology, please review the non-confidential summary about the technology here.

Accountabilities of the Role

The Incumbent will lead research efforts related to material development, topological structuring and surface morphologies, and DLP process improvements. Finally, having completed these work packages, the Incumbents’s effort will focus on harnessing these developments to fabricate the first prototype microfluidic devices exhibiting improved sensing and actuation performance. A key outcome for this project is to successfully transition to Phase II of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Idea to Innovation model.

Educational Requirements necessary for the Role

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or Materials Science (or closely related field) with demonstrable expertise in organic chemistry, polymer synthesis, and experimentation. Experience with polymer processing, characterization, and fabrication technologies including additive manufacturing and/or radiation curing would be an asset. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential for this role.

How to Apply

Potential Candidates are encouraged to review Western’s New Postdoctoral Scholar Checklist.

Qualified candidates are requested to complete the online application form here.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.

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