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PhD Studentship at Simon Fraser University Fuel Cell Lab

PhD and Master's Studentships
Fuel Cell Modeling and Experimentation
Simon Fraser University Fuel Cell Laboratory
Vancouver, Canada
Starting Date: January 1, 2012

Several PhD and Master's research studentships are available in the field of computational modeling and experimental analysis of PEM fuel cells. The work is part of a collaborative project with Ballard Power Systems and University of Victoria aimed at the development of next generation fuel cell systems with enhanced performance. The successful applicants will participate in the development of theoretical and computational models of fuel cells and membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) components, including transport processes, mechanical stresses, and associated performance and degradation mechanisms, and perform experimental testing for model validation and development of new fuel cell prototypes.

The positions will involve regular on-site interaction with the industrial partner, collaboration with a team of highly motivated post-doctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students, and preparation of technical reports and papers. The initial appointments are for one year, and renewable for up to three additional years subject to performance.

The candidate must have a Master's or undergraduate degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, or Materials), Physics, Electrochemistry, or Applied Mathematics, and a strong background in computational modeling as well as at least one of the following areas: porous media, polymers, solid mechanics, microscale transport phenomena, micro-structural modeling, material characterization, electrochemistry, performance and durability testing, fuel cells. Good written communication skills in English are essential.

Interested candidates should send a detailed curriculum vitae, transcripts, a description of research experience and interests, and names and contact information of at least two professional references to:

Prof. Erik Kjeang
Mechatronic Systems Engineering
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3



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