Current positions

IESVic researchers are involved in real-world research on critical energy issues. They work with leading companies, institutes, and laboratories on multidisciplinary teams. This ensures a big-picture approach where solutions are shaped by practical considerations - something IESVic grads are known for.

Current opportunities

Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery

Job Title: Research Scientist – Field Work Coordinator

Job Location: University of Victoria Marine Technology Centre, Victoria, BC

Salary/Wage: Negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience

Hours of work per week: Full-time (37.5 hrs. / wk.)

Start Date: March 2023

Number of Positions: 1

Job Description

The Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED), is a marine energy R&D hub hosted by the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria (UVic). PRIMED’s resources (staff, software and facilities) were created between October 2017- March 2020 through a $1.45M grant from the former Western Economic Diversification (WED), now Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan). PRIMED’s mandate is to accelerate the development of the marine energy sector in Canada by filling in gaps in the knowledge base that supports private sector innovation, and by providing a technology-neutral perspective on the strategic and economic values of marine energy to communities in British Columbia. To fill these roles, PRIMED staff precisely define the energy characteristics in BC’s ocean winds, waves and tides using computational models and field measurements, and apply numerical simulation tools to assess how well technologies convert these resources into usable forms of energy.

PRIMED is a multidisciplinary research group involving UVIC faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and industry partners. A significant part of the group’s work involves fieldwork activities aimed at characterising the wave and tidal energy resource off the coast of British Columbia. We are looking to recruit an individual to manage PRIMED’s fieldwork activity. The role will involve maintaining, mobilising and deploying scientific instruments at sea as well as coordinating the logistic activities needed to deliver our fieldwork programs.

The role is also expected to involve working closely with PRIMED’s wave and tidal energy resource assessment team to plan and deliver field campaigns that support the teams work.

Responsibilities

The applicant will:

  • Play a leadership role in managing fieldwork activities. This would include single and multi- day trips on seagoing vessels to deploy and recover scientific instruments.
  • Coordinating the logistic activities needed to deliver our fieldwork programs. This would include planning multiday trips, booking travel and accommodations, liaising with vessel operators, dive teams and other service providers needed to deliver fieldwork programs
  • Maintaining PRIMED’s field instruments and liaising with instrument manufacturers to coordinate repairs, calibration and maintence work.
  • Maintain equipment inventories, documentation and
  • Be the primary contact person for fieldwork
  • Collaborate with other members of the PRIMED team to ensure that field data is retrieved, processed and stored appropriately.
  • Deliver presentations to communities and other stakeholders on PRIMEDs fieldwork

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant engineering/science discipline (mechanical, civil, ocean science, etc). Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree will be considered if they can prove relevant experience.
  • Valid drivers license
  • Able to work at sea and perform necessary physical activities (Ability to lift 50 lbs).

Other Skills (not required but considered desirable)

  • Experience deploying and recovering instrumentation at
  • Familiarity with wave measurement buoys (AXYS Buoys) and Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs)
  • Fork lift certification
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
  • SDV-BS - Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety Certificate (formerly MED A3)
  • Able to drive and maneuver a trailer.

Personal Skills

  • Able to work independently in a non-structured The candidate must be comfortable communicating with the rest of the PRIMED team.
  • Able to effectively engage with remotely located external stakeholders through email, conference calls and face-to-face meetings.
  • Excellent planning and organization

Contact and Application

Interested candidates should email primed@uvic.ca with the subject PRIMED Field Work Coordinator, and attach:

A detailed curriculum vitae. A one-page cover letter describing your relevant experience and motivation for applying for the position. Names and contact details for two references.

PhD Position: Electrolyser Digital Twins (DT)

Globally there are numerous efforts underway to pursue so-called “green hydrogen” production, pairing renewable generation like wind and solar with electrolysis to produce hydrogen. While alkaline electrolyser technology is well established at commercial scale, proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers are rapidly emerging as an alternative, especially for pairing with renewable generation. The supply chain is however tight for PEM electrolysers and therefore optimal operations and maintenance to maximize service life and performance are critical for driving down costs of hydrogen production.

1 PhD position is available in a research project led by Dr. Crawford within IESVic, partnering with industry partner Pulsenics and researchers from the NRC and UQTR in Canada and Bayreuth University and Segula Technologies in Germany. NRC and UQTR will be carrying out cell level testing of degraded membranes, while Segula will carry out stack level tests to obtain operational data and Bayreuth will carry out technoeconomic modeling of electrolyser plants. In IESVic, we will work with Pulsenics and their proprietary electro impedance spectroscopy (EIS) hardware to progressively build and refine a stack-level digital twin (DT). Using a mix of physics- and data-driven modeling, the DTs will be formulated to provide insights into stack performance, predictive maintenance and degradation over time in response to varying operating conditions. We will use physical modeling at first to generate synthetic performance data, and later in the project use test data from partners as input to the DT models. We are also pursuing additional funding to enable stack testing within IESVic to generate additional in-house data.

Requirements

  • MSc/MASc degree in relevant discipline (e.g. Mechanical/Chemical/Electrical Engineering)
  • Experience with machine learning (ML) methods, Digitial Twin (DT) concepts and applications
  • Knowledge of PEM electrolysers is an asset
  • Ideally knowledge of Python and LaTex tools for model development and figure generation
  • Strong writing, conversational and presentation abilities in English
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team and with commercial and international project partners

Timeline

Position to start ASAP, ideally January 2023; applications accepted on a rolling basis.

How to apply

Interested candidates should email Dr. Crawford at curranc@uvic.ca with subject “Electrolyser DT Position”; attach:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A one-page cover letter describing your relevant (research) experience and motivation for the position
  • Names and contact details for two references

 

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here.

Postdoctoral and PhD Positions: Underwater Radiated Noise from Marine Vessels

Environmental impact is emerging as an issue of primary importance in the marine transportation industry. Underwater radiated noise (URN) in particular has been identified as a risk factor for the southern resident killer whales that populate the Salish Sea, which is an area of intense marine traffic. Propeller-induced cavitation is the dominant source of URN from marine vessels.

Post-doctoral and PhD positions are available in a research project led by Dr. Peter Oshkai, who directs the Fluids Research Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria. The Post-doc and PhD researchers will pursue the following objectives:

(a) Development of a high-fidelity numerical solver package for the open-source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) platform OpenFOAM that would capture the key physical features of the flows around marine propellers and interactions between turbulence, cavitation and URN.

(b) Development of a low-order numerical solver for prediction of the acoustic performance of propellers over a broad range of operating conditions.

(c) Experimental investigation of flow-acoustic interactions between a single cavitation bubble and an unsteady flow under repeatable laboratory conditions.

(d) Simulation of the flow-acoustic interactions due to cavitating marine propellers using the commercial CFD software StarCCM+ and validation of the CFD solvers against existing laboratory and field acoustic data.

Requirements

  • MASc/MSc (for PhD) or PhD (for Post-doc) degree in a relevant area of engineering.
  • Strong background in fluid mechanics and CFD.
  • Ideally, knowledge of OpenFOAM, StarCCM+ and experience with experimental techniques (quantitative flow visualization, acoustic measurements and signal processing).
  • Strong communication abilities in English (writing, conversational, presentation).
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team.


The Fluids Research Laboratory, IESVic and the larger UVic communities are diverse and committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. Dr. Oshkai strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including women, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and those persons experiencing barriers to equity.

Timeline

Positions are starting ASAP; applications accepted on a rolling basis.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send an email to Dr. Oshkai at poshkai@uvic.ca with the subject

“URN position”. Please attach:

  • A detailed CV.
  • A one-page letter describing your relevant research experience and motivation.
  • Names and contact details of two references.

Junior Research Engineer: Hydrodynamic Modelling and Wave Energy Technology R&D

Position details

Job Title: Junior Research Engineer - Hydrodynamic Modelling and Wave Energy Technology R&D
Job Location: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Salary/Wage: Negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience
Hours of work per week: Full-time (37.5 hrs./wk.)
Start Date: August/September 2022
Number of Positions: 1

Job description

The Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED), is a marine energy R&D hub hosted by the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria (UVic). PRIMED’s resources (staff, software, and facilities) were created between October 2017- March 2020 through a $1.45M grant from the former Western Economic Diversification (WED), now Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan). PRIMED’s mandate is to accelerate the development of the marine energy sector in Canada by filling in gaps in the knowledge base that supports private sector innovation, and by providing a technology-neutral perspective on the strategic and economic values of marine energy to communities in British Columbia. To fill these roles, PRIMED staff precisely define the energy characteristics in BC’s ocean winds, waves and tides using computational models and field measurements, and apply numerical simulation tools to assess how well technologies convert these resources into usable forms of energy.

PRIMED is a multidisciplinary research group involving UVIC faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and industry partners. A significant part of the group’s work involves engaging with early-stage Wave Energy Converter (WEC) developers and developing numerical models of WEC concepts. We are looking to recruit an individual who will work in this area. The role will involve providing engineering advisory services and modelling resources to clients in order to deliver support that will accelerate the development of their technologies.

The role is also expected to involve working closely with PRIMED’s wave energy resource assessment team. The individual may be asked to assist with fieldwork activities aimed at characterizing the wave energy resource.

Responsibilities

The applicant will:

  • Play a leadership role in the numerical modelling of scaled WECs.
  • Develop methodologies to characterise the performance of WEC devices and the associated mooring systems.
  • Be responsible for maintenance of PRIMEDs existing WEC models, develop, and adapt these models to meet different project requirements.
  • Collaborate across different engineering and science disciplines and work with other
    members of the PRIMED team to deliver project goals.
  • Support fieldwork activities aimed at characterising the wave energy resource.

Required minimum qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant engineering discipline (mechanical, civil, ocean, etc).
  • Numerical modelling/simulation experience.
  • Knowledge of hydrodynamic modelling of floating bodies.
  • Familiar with the MATLAB environment. Competent reading and generating program scripts

Technical skills (not required but considered desirable)

  • Proven knowledge of ocean waves and marine energy resource characteristics.
  • Experience in wave structure interaction modelling. Example numerical codes include ProteusDS, WAMIT, NEMOH and OrcaFlex.
  • Experience using MATLAB Simulink for modelling and simulation of electro-mechanical systems.
  • Mechanical design experience utilizing Solidworks (or similar CAD package)

Personal skills

  • Able to work independently in a non-structured environment. The candidate must be comfortable communicating with the rest of the WCWI team.
  • Able to effectively engage with remotely locate

Contact and application

Interested candidates should email primed@uvic.ca with the subject PRIMED Research Positions, and attach:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A one-page cover letter describing your relevant (research) experience and motivation for the position
  • Names and contact details for two references

 

Postdoctoral Positions: Offshore Carbon Capture (CCS) & E-Fuels Production

Pathways to a survivable future climate make it clear that carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from the atmosphere will become necessary by mid-century. In advance of that time, research and demonstration projects are required to prove out viable technical solutions to reliability capturing and storing carbon, on a scale that can be deployed globally. The roll-out of CCS may also include carbon capture and utilization (CCUS), making use of captured carbon for synthetic fuels, and co-production of non-carbon based E-fuels like H2 and NH3 more generally. At the same time, there is tremendous ‘stranded’ far-offshore wind energy too remote from grid-connection for use, but potentially harvestable to power CCUS systems, either fixed position or on-board ‘energy ships’ using wind propulsion and ship-mounted water turbines for on-board electricity generation.

PhD & Post-Doc positions are available in a research project led by Dr. Curran Crawford (who directs the Sustainable Systems Design Lab, part of IESVic) to complement ongoing work that is part of a larger Solid Carbon project funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. The Solid Carbon project is looking at a ‘baseline’ floating wind turbine + direct air capture (DAC) to optimization a CCS system to sequester carbon in basalt rock under the ocean ~3000m of water. The additional HQP to be funded in this add-on project require a post-doc to contribute to overall systems engineering activities, in particular looking at controls aspects of coordinating a mix of electrochemical and thermal processes with variable wind power production. The focus is on control methods suitable for both real-time control (e.g. MPC) in support of system sizing for electrical, chemical and thermal buffering storage as well as CO2 off-take from floating production platforms. A PhD (MechE) or additional post-doc is sought to further pursue an energy ship concept for the platform; essentially this concept is a mobile, un-tether platform with on-board wind-powered generation and electrochemical equipment. This work requires advancements in both detailed system design and dynamic analysis, as well as optimal configuration and routing optimization.

Requirements

  • MASc/MSc (for PhD) or PhD (post-doc) degree in a relevant area of engineering
  • Experience in an aspect of controls (e.g. MPC) applied to process control (DAC, E-fuels production) powered by variable renewable energy and including thermal/electrical energy storage, and/or wind energy/energy systems/wind-based vessel propulsion
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for low/negative-carbon energy systems analysis
  • Ideally knowledge of Python for modeling and academic workflow tools including LaTex, Zotero, Slack, etc.
  • Strong writing, conversational, and presentation abilities in English
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team

Dr. Crawford strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and those persons experiencing barriers to equity. The SSDL, IESVic, and larger UVic communities are diverse and committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning, and work environments.

Timeline

Positions starting ASAP; applications accepted on a rolling basis.

How to apply

Interested candidates should email Dr. Crawford at curranc@uvic.ca with the subject CCS Positions; attach:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A one-page cover letter describing your relevant (research) experience and motivation for the position
  • Names and contact details for two references

Research Positions: The ReBuild Initiative

We are looking for applicants for Masters, PhD, post-doctoral and senior researcher positions who are a good fit for the ReBuild Initiative. We will match applicants to specific projects during the recruitment process - please list any specific interests when you apply.

Who we are

The ReBuild Initiative is an ecosystem of partner-driven research projects that focus on the decarbonization of Canada’s built environment. ReBuild aims to be a catalyst in the emerging retrofit economy by linking together commercial and community partners with passionate researchers.

ReBuild is run by the Energy in Cities research group at the University of Victoria. We works to cultivate passionate individuals who will become experts in the fields of building performance analysis and machine learning. Our goal is to develop the next generation of highly qualified professionals at the intersection of building performance and cutting-edge analytics.

Who you are

You are an individual who can work independently, while also working in a larger group towards our community partnership goals. You have the ability to adapt and overcome the hurdles and uncertainties that comes along with pursuing novel research. You see the potential, or would like to become a subject matter expert, of machine learning and AI to support the efforts in sustainability.

You are passionate about sustainability, building performance or machine learning and want to help Canada meet its climate goals.

Technical skills

  • Relevant undergraduate or master’s degree (required). Examples include engineering, computer science, physics and technical aspects of architecture. If you believe you have a relevant background, you are encouraged to apply.
  • Software development experience, with a strong preference for Python.
  • Building energy modeling, with preference for EnergyPlus experience.
  • Machine learning or statistical model development.
  • Hands-on experience with building design, analysis or construction.

Non-technical skills

  • Fluent in English (required)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Publish research papers or authored technical reports

What we will provide you with

You will further your academic experience and qualifications, and position yourself at the forefront of changes within the Canadian retrofit economy. Positions are funded at a level comparable with NSERC scholarships, and top-up funding is available to those with scholarships. You will have exciting opportunities to apply your research to real-world problems in collaboration with industry and governmental partners.

The Energy in Cities group is located at the University of Victoria on the traditional territory of the lək̓ ʷəŋən peoples. Victoria is a hub for sustainability, high-tech industry and government, and is located among the beautiful landscapes of British Columbia.

Apply here.

MASc (Possibly PhD) Position: DC Fast Charging (DCFC) Infrastructure

The City of Victoria continues to advance and plan for the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, as part of the broader Capital Regional District’s EV Roadmap which has identified a pressing need for charging stations to 2030. Charging infrastructure includes both Level 2 and Level 3 (DCFC) infrastructure. The latter high-powered chargers entail significant investment and hence require careful planning for deployment.

1 MASc position (or possibly a PhD position for an outstanding candidate) is available in a research project led by Drs. Crawford and Evins within IESVic, partnering with the City of Victoria. The student may officially reside within either of the Departments of Mechanical or Civil Engineering. The project will focus on assisting the City to plan for DCFC deployment to 2030, specifically determining optimal DCFC incremental deployment. Initially, the student will utilize GIS to build off City-compiled metrics for DCFC placement, in advance of initial charger installations in the next year. The student will then continue to develop the planning analysis for future years, while utilizing datasets as they become available, to analyze charge usage to improve deployment. The work will include both technical (e.g. electrical infrastructure location proximity and limits, charge structure, etc.) alongside social aspects (e.g. neighborhood characteristics, surveys of users, etc.). The project, therefore, requires a highly-motivated student capable of integrating a diverse skillset including modeling as well as partner and community engagement.

Requirements

  • BEng or related BSc for MASc In exceptional cases a student holding a MASc or MSc may be considered for entry into a PhD degree
  • Knowledge of GIS analysis, plug-in vehicles, and/or qualitative/quantitative consumer surveys is an asset
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for electrified transportation and municipal climate action
  • Ideally knowledge of Python and LaTex tools for model development and figure generation
  • Strong writing, conversational, and presentation abilities in English
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team and with project partners

Timeline

Position to start ASAP including mid-term from January 2022; applications accepted on a rolling basis.

How to apply

Interested candidates should email Dr. Crawford at curranc@uvic.ca with the subject DCFC Positions; attach:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A one-page cover letter describing your relevant (research) experience and motivation for the position
  • Names and contact details for two references

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here.

Post Doctoral and Graduate Student Positions: Sustainable Energy Systems Integration and Transitions Group

Multi-scaled, multi-sector, and multi-vector energy systems modelling

The ongoing energy system transition, empowered by technology developments, fueled by shifting
investments, and motivated by decarbonization, is one of the 21st century’s most urgent tasks. However, current energy system models fail to deliver the holistic perspective required by decision-makers to navigate complex policy choices. Instead, energy system analyses are plagued by rigid model platforms and discretized researchers who focus on specific sectors, spatial-temporal scales, or energy vectors. This research project will pursue the development of an extensible and adaptable multi-scale, multisector, and multi-vector M3 Modelling Platform that links distinct but integrated modules to span spatial-temporal scales, the breadth of energy system services, and each energy carrier. To do so, we will employ novel computer science techniques, including multi-objective active learning, advanced visualizations, and parallelized computing. By applying machine learning and applied statistics, this research will transform our approach to energy systems modelling and accelerate decarbonization efforts.

The positions will be supervised by Dr. Madeleine McPherson, who leads the Sustainable Energy Systems Integration & Transitions Group. The successful applicant will also be affiliated with the multi-disciplinary Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria.

Please click here for more details regarding the graduate student position.

Please click here for more details regarding the post-doctoral research position.

Research Opportunities

Highly qualified students are always encouraged to apply for graduate positions. Browse our site for faculty members and research projects that reflect your interests and background.

Contact an IESVic faculty member

Contact relevant faculty members. Attach your curriculum vitae (resume) and a list of undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate grades. This can be an unofficial listing compiled by you. Official transcripts will be required later.

Prepare a UVic graduate studies application

IESVic is a research institute and not an academic department or school – membership is voluntary and reflects the participation of individual faculty members.  This means that students interested in joining the institute must apply for admission to a program in one of UVic's Departments. For more information, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Departmental web pages.