Chemist – Research Scientist – Post-Doctoral Position


Dr Stephanie MacQuarrie at CBU invites applications for a 6 month full-time Post-Doctoral term position starting January 2018 (with potential for continuation).

The ideal candidate brings an in-depth knowledge of the materials chemistry associated with biomass and biochar. Experience in the industrial application and performance evaluation of biochar from pyrolysis of residues is considered an asset. The ideal candidate offers experience in laboratory and equipment operation and management for purposes of conducting detailed chemical analyses to successful completion.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will:

  • provide expert advice on chemical analysis, methodology development, and bio-product characterization;
  • conduct chemical analyses of biochar from pyrolysis of residues; and
  • evaluate the application performance of biochar from pyrolysis of residues compared to industry standard and leading products.


  • PhD in Physical Sciences (Chemistry) or Chemical Engineering.
  • Familiarity with handling and disposal of chemicals, chemistry laboratory procedures, laboratory safety, and operation of common chemistry laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, organization, computer, and communication skills.
  • Strong sense of teamwork.

This position is funded by grant from NSERC Engage.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie at the address below. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

A complete application will include:

  • a covering letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • three current letters of reference (sent directly to Dr. MacQuarrie); and
  • a statement explaining how your background, experience, and research accomplishments qualify you for appointment.

If this exciting opportunity to be in the forefront in the environment, technology, and energy fields meets with your career aspirations, please forward your resume in confidence to:

Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie

Cape Breton University

1250 Grand Lake Rd

Sydney, NS   B1P 6L2  Canada


Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.