PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

The large-scale production of electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels, and other clean technologies is required to meet ambitious climate goals globally and in Canada. Central to this transition are increased quantities of critical minerals such as lithium (Li), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn) and graphite. While the primary demand for these critical minerals is increasing and needs to be managed responsibility and transparently, urban stocks in the various products and waste sinks around us, are growing as well. These accumulated stocks/deposits are a potential source of secondary (recycled) resources. Our research considers environmental and social risks, and supply restrictions of critical minerals in the future, and resource circularity as a viable solution.

Two new NSERC funded projects seek researchers to join our team at Waterloo:

The Lumet project aims to illuminate the sustainability of metals and minerals value chains. It uses data-intensive sustainability science and metallurgical process modeling to advance knowledge of standards while building technical and management capacity for traceability. Lumet partners with midstream producers to address sustainability standards, systems, and regulations that require environmental, social and governance practices. Lumet will help improve value-chain due diligence, responsible sourcing, and carbon accounting.

The Beyond Lithium is a research project aimed at establishing and optimizing various resource efficient circularity pathways for critical minerals found in electric vehicles’ batteries in Canada. This project will utilize methods widely applied (but not limited to) within the fields of industrial ecology and environmental engineering, such as material flow analysis (MFA), life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic feasibility assessment (TEA).  

We are excited to announce three (3) open student positions for PhD in Sustainability Management and one (1) Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo. We are looking for highly motivated and talented researchers who can join our team in September 2024 (flexible). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Applicants will have a background with demonstrated research in Engineering (Chemical, Mining, Metallurgical, Environmental, Industrial), Industrial Ecology or Environmental Science. Candidates must have strong analytical skills and communication skills (oral and written).

The selected candidates will become members of the Waterloo Industrial Ecology Group (WIEG) that supports collaborative research and teaching, and confronts challenges of sustainable development in systems of production and consumption in the 21st century.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Ensure you include "WIEG – PhD/Postdoc Position at UW" in the email subject and identify your interest in Beyond Lithium or Lumet or both to help us quickly identify your application.

To apply, please forward a detailed CV indicating research experience, brief statement of purpose, and writing samples (thesis, publications, etc.) to both or either:


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  • Application deadline: Aug 30, 2024
  • University of Waterloo
  • School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
  • Waterloo ON, Canada
  • PhD Positions
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