PhD and MSc Positions

We currently have 2-3 available PhD positions (start date: flexible, preferably January 2022):

  1. Paired electrolysis for carbon dioxide and ammonia conversion theme: this work will involve catalyst and system design for selective fuel synthesis, and testing the electrolyzer prototypes in the lab and at waste managing facilities. A candidate should have an extensive experience in electrochemistry and able to design (CAD) and machine lab-scale electrolyzer components. Strong communication skills, published work and interest in sustainability is a must, experience with Comsol is highly desired.
  2. Chemical hydrogen storage theme: this work will involve developing catalytic systems (nanocatalysts and devices) for hydrogenation/dehydrogenation reactions and studying corresponding reaction mechanisms. A candidate should have experience and interest in nanoparticle synthesis and small device fabrication. Strong communication skills and published work is a must, experience in catalysis and/or DFT calculations would be an asset.

Email correspondence should be made to aklinkova[at] Please include (1) a CV, (2) a letter outlining qualifications and motivation for the advertised position of interest, (3) research writing sample, (4) names of two references, (5) academic transcripts. Due to the large volume of applications, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

The positions are fully funded for 4 years according to the standard PhD student salary in the department (~$24,000); in the case of good academic and research performance, additional funding can be obtained (e.g., $10,000 Nanofellowship and various GWC2 Awards). Please consult Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry for information on requirements and applications process for graduate degrees in Chemistry and collaborative degrees in Chemistry and Nanotechnology. More information about funding, tuition and living costs can be found here.

At Waterloo, you will have the opportunity to work across disciplines and collaborate with an international community of researchers, situated in a rapidly growing community that has been termed a “hub of innovation.”

Graduate Life at Waterloo

The Nanoscience and Catalysis lab is a part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo and a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. University of Waterloo is the 3rd best reputation and the 2nd most innovative university in Canada and WIN is Canada’s largest nanotechnology institute. The University of Waterloo is also a home to Velocity, the largest free technology start-up incubator in North America.

Our laboratory is fully equipped for nanochemistry, catalysis and electrochemistry research, and we have access to excellent material characterization facilities, machine shops, and clean rooms located on campus. Due to proximity to the University of Toronto and McMaster University, we also have access to unique infrastructure available at their facilities.

The proximity of the campus to the city of Kitchener, Grand River Parks, ski resorts (Chicopee, Blue Mountain), Niagara Falls (1.5 hour drive), and the city of Toronto (1+ hour drive or 2 hour train) is ideal for balancing intensive academic research with social life and various outdoor activities.

Undergraduate Opportunities

UW students interested in CHEM494 research project, coop term, or volunteering in Klinkova lab should send their CV, transcripts, and a statement of interest to Prof. Klinkova via email.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

We welcome qualified candidates to apply for NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (only for Canadian citizens or permanent residents within 2 years from their PhD defence) or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship fellowship (extremely competitive and open to all high-profile applicants within 3 years from their PhD defence) with the Klinkova lab. Another opportunity is a prestigious and highly competitive AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship: applications are accepted once a year, usually in February. Interested candidates should send their CV, project proposal and names of three references to aklinkova[at]; you will hear back only if your application is strong enough to be considered. Please carefully consult the eligibility requirements and program guidelines before reaching out.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

The University of Waterloo regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and as such, we are committed to attracting and retaining diverse talent. As part of our ongoing efforts to provide and support a transformative learning experience, we affirm our commitment to fostering a welcoming, respectful, diverse, and inclusive workforce and community. We encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Black, racialized, persons with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Note that disclosure and/or self-identification with an equity-seeking group will not lead to advantageous treatment of a candidate who is not qualified.