Research Associate (Limited Term) Sustainable Materials Processing Research Lab (12 Month Term)

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Research Associate (Limited Term) Sustainable Materials Processing Research Lab (12 Month Term)

Date Posted: 04/30/2021
Req ID: 3950
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Dept of Materials Science & Engineering
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Sustainable Materials Processing Research Lab (SMP), is looking to fill a Research Associate-term position immediately. The Lab research methods involve high temperature experimental studies pertaining to extraction of metals, energy storage, and energy recovery. Our current research aims to advance the development of technologies for storage of renewable energy into high temperature materials, emission-free extraction of materials, and methods of improving energy-intensity of metal extraction processes.

The Research Associate will work directly under the supervision of Prof. Mansoor Barati to coordinate all research, training and outreach activities in the SMP Lab, interact with industrial and academic partners, prepare reports and presentations for industrial partners, develop research proposals and funding applications, supervise and train undergraduate/graduate students on a day-to-day basis, author scientific publications and conference talks, and provide general technical and scientific guidance to Fluidics and Energy lab personnel. In addition, the Research Associate will coordinate activities in support of the lab’s mission, including equipment and supplies.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Doctoral (Ph.D., Sc.D.) degree in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering or closely related fields, with a focus on design and setup of experimental systems for high temperature materials processing studies.


  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in an academic setting, working directly in the supervision of undergraduate/graduate students, teaching undergraduate/graduate courses, and/or directing research projects.
  • Hands-on experience with operation and maintenance of high temperature experiments, design and construction of custom components. Evidence of impact in the above roles, as demonstrated by relevant high impact publications is required.


  • Expert-level knowledge of and experience with safe operation of high temperature reactive systems, furnaces, and analyses apparatus.
  • Expert-level knowledge of and experience with design and fabrication of testing add-ons in a high temperature laboratory.
  • Expert-level knowledge of safety procedures ad protocols in high temperature laboratory.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills with solid understanding of research methodologies.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and FactSage™.
  • General knowledge of research trends and methodologies in the broader area of pyrometallurgy. Ability to identify opportunities for research and collaboration with Canadian mining, metals, and energy industries.


  • Well-developed interpersonal, communication and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and technical ability.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.

Closing Date: 05/10/2021,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $45,491 - $85,295
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 7/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time