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The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering (Tribo-electrostatic Separation of Potash)



Requisition: req3488

Open Date: 11/5/2018 

Duration: 2 years, starting January 1st, 2019.

Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Description: There is one opening for this posting. It is located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: The research program will investigate free fall electrostatic separation and relevant fundamental phenomena, including triboelectric charging and the surface chemistry of potash particles. The objective of the research is to advance the potential application of electrostatic separation of potash ore in Saskatchewan.

Nature of Work: Typically, the role will involve a standard 5-day work week with anticipated hours of 9 am to 5 pm, although this may occasionally vary due to the nature of research projects being undertaken. The position will require work to be completed at an industrial site (Innovation Place) and at the University of Saskatchewan. The successful postdoctoral fellow will operate industrial pilot plant equipment to obtain experimental data and use it to advance theoretical models.  Overnight travel is not anticipated except for scientific conferences. This position has no direct reports.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:

  • Literature review and summary
  • Experimental development, setup, execution, and problem solving
  • Data collection
  • Theoretical development
  • Publish research manuscripts (first authorship and co-authorship anticipated)

Qualifications: It would be beneficial if the postdoctoral fellow had knowledge of any of the following topic areas: solid state physics/chemistry, surface chemistry, surface imaging and analysis, including synchrotron-based methods, triboelectric charging, electrolytic transport, and potash processing. The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment. A demonstrated ability in the publication of results in the scientific literature and/or industrial experience in a relevant field would also be viewed as an asset.

Education: Ph.D. awarded within the last five years in an area closely related to one of the following: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering physics, or surface chemistry.

Salary Information: The salary offered will be in the range of $40,000 to $50,000 CAD, based on training, education, and experience.

Interested candidates must submit the following documents via email to janai.russell@usask.ca

  • Cover letter describing interest in position and detailing relevant experience and qualifications.
  • An updated curriculum vitae (max. 10 pages)
  • Evidence of previous research productivity as demonstrated by authorship of refereed journal publications and conference presentations/publications
  • Two letters of reference, one from Ph.D. supervisor
  • Official transcripts



The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.