Postdoctoral Fellow in LCA of Renewable Energy & Energy Storage

Number of Positions: 1

Appointment Type:  Limited term (1 year)

Closing Date: October 1, 2021, or until a suitable candidate is found

Job summary

Researchers at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, seek a Postdoctoral Fellow to support a research project focused on the life cycle analysis of solar, wind and battery storage technologies.  The position is offered for 12 months, beginning November 1, 2021, subject to funding approval.

The Fellow will be jointly supervised by Jennifer McKellar, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science and Xianke Lin, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.



The successful candidate will contribute to the start-up and undertaking of the LCA and LCC analyses.  They will undertake literature review, lead the scoping and initial data collection phases of the analyses, and assist with project management.  They will also assist in the training of graduate students in LCA/LCC and the preparation of a grant proposal.

The successful candidate will be expected to prepare written reports for the industry partner, and give oral presentations on progress.  They will also collaborate on the preparation of manuscripts for publication, and present research results at relevant conferences.


Required Skills

  • Expertise in LCA, LCC and energy systems
  • Experience with LCI/LCA software
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; a proven publication record would be an asset
  • Teaching experience, including as a teaching assistant, is an asset
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with Ontario and Canada would be an asset



  • PhD in science or engineering, completed within the last 3 years



  • The Fellowship is a full-time, one-year position. While the preference would be to have the Fellow on-campus in Oshawa, Ontario, remote work is a possibility.


Required Experience:

  • Experience conducting LCA and LCC analyses, including the use of commercial software
  • Teaching experience would be an asset

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the University and PSAC. The collective agreement may be found on the Human Resources section of our website. Candidates will be required to certify that they are currently legally eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the contract.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit in electronic format a covering letter and their resume to and with the Subject:  PostDoc App 2021. Applications will be accepted until October 1st, or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority.

Ontario Tech University respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. The University is also committed to ensuring that confidentiality is maintained throughout all aspects of the recruitment cycle.

If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the hiring manager or Julie Day (, Health and Disability Management Specialist. For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s  Accessibility Policy

The university acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation which is covered under the Williams Treaties. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.


Job Location

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


50,450.00 – CAD

Expected Start Date

November 1, 2021

Expected End Date

October 31, 2022

Salary Grade

Administered in accordance with the Collective Agreement

  • Application deadline: Oct 01, 2021
  • Ontario Tech University
  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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