PhD and MSc Opportunities

Highly motivated students interested in nanoscience, catalysis and green chemistry are welcome to apply. Email correspondence should be made to Please outline your qualifications and motivation for joining this group and include (1) a CV, (2) academic transcripts and (3) names of three references. Due to the large volume of applications, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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 hereThe positions, when available, are typically fully funded for 2 years (MSc) or 4 years (PhD) according to the standard graduate student salary in the department (~$27,000); in the case of good academic and research performance, additional funding can be obtained (e.g., $10,000 Nanofellowship and various GWC2 Awards).

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.”

Undergraduate Opportunities

UW students interested in CHEM494 research project, co-op 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.

Life in 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.

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.