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Professor in materials and technology for an environmental energy transition

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

No 24062

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May 29th, 2024 to August 1st, 2024

Tenure-track Position

Context and summary

The Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre of INRS (INRS-ETE), wishes to fill a position as professor specializing in materials or technologies for the energy transition within its joint research unit (UMR) with the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). The position fits into the theme of the UMR and aims to meet societal and scientific expectations in the fight against climate change through the decarbonization of the economy, with a focus on batteries, hydrogen, recycling critical and strategic minerals or the capture and valorization of CO2.

The successful candidate will be attached to the assembly of professors of the Eau Terre Environnement Research Center and will work directly at UQTR within the UMR which brings together other members of the faculty attached to the Energy Materials Telecommunications Center of INRS and from the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics of UQTR. The recruited person will take part in an interdisciplinary environment stimulated through research within the Energy Transition Valley Innovation Zone. The recruited person will contribute to the scientific program of this new UMR, while feeding the scientific program of the ETE Center in the area of environmental technologies.

The research program aims to explore emerging areas of the energy transition focusing on several key axes, including batteries and green hydrogen, innovative materials for electrodes and electrolytes, circular economy and waste recycling linked to the energy transition, technologies for the production and use of green hydrogen, as well as CO2 capture and recovery processes. This research combines physical, chemical and biological approaches for the synthesis and characterization of materials, while relying on numerical simulations to accelerate the discovery process and model energy systems.

The recruited person will be able to use existing infrastructures within the UMR or INRS, including the equipment available at the Environmental Technologies Laboratory, and in the long term will be able to use the infrastructures under development within the innovation zone or set up its own laboratory.

Main Duties And Responsibilities

  • Establish its own independent and innovative research program;
  • Ensure the financing of its research program through external grants from public and private organizations as well as through partnerships with industry when required;
  • Participate in training activities, particularly as part of the Center’s graduate and graduate programs, and in the supervision of students and research staff;
  • Make a significant contribution to the smooth running of the UMR, while contributing to the influence of INRS at the national and international levels.


  • Hold a doctorate in a relevant discipline;
  • Possess excellent scientific productivity demonstrating autonomy and originality;
  • Demonstrate strong potential to obtain the necessary funding for research activities;
  • Possess aptitude for teaching and academic training of 2nd and 3rd cycle students;
  • Possess skills for teamwork within multidisciplinary networks with a high capacity for adaptation;
  • Experience, interest and skills in industrial, community and/or government partnership development;
  • Experience or even expertise in life cycle analysis would be an asset.

Working language

The working language is French. Advanced knowledge of English is fundamental.

The candidates. Those who have little knowledge of the French language are strongly encouraged to submit their application. Necessary resources will be made available to facilitate learning French for the chosen person.


University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Trois-Rivières campus
3351, boul. of the Forges
Trois-Rivières (Quebec)
G8Z 4M3


In accordance with the collective agreement in effect at INRS.

How to apply

INRS encourages candidates who meet the requirements of the position to apply online by including their complete curriculum vitae, a copy of their three most important publications, a three-page summary of their research interests, a text stating their experience and their coaching and teaching philosophy as well as the name and contact details of three respondents, via the INRS website in the “Jobs” section no later than August 1st, 2024.

In the event that additional documents should be attached to your application, and only if they are in a format that cannot be downloaded, we invite you to send them to the following address:

National Institute of Scientific Research
Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre
490, rue de la Couronne
Quebec (Quebec) G1K 9A9

INRS is committed to promote equity, diversity and inclusion and invites all qualified candidates to apply, including women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities, in relation to the Equal access to employment programs. However, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Selection tools can be adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you anticipate requiring adaptive measures, or for any questions concerning equity, diversity and inclusion at INRS, please contact

INRS also asks its selection committees to take account of career interruptions and special circumstances when reviewing applications. Applicants are therefore invited to indicate the nature of these interruptions or special circumstances in their cover letter.


  • Existing infrastructures and new infrastructures of the UMR
    • High temperature electrochemistry laboratory (UQTR-IRH)Ceramics and Metals Laboratory (UQTR-IRH)Femtosecond sources laboratory (INRS-EMT)Micro and nanofabrication laboratory (INRS-EMT)Artificial photosynthesis laboratory (UQTR-IRH)Industrial microbiology laboratory (UQTR-I2E3)Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory (INRS-ETE)Biotechnology laboratory (UQTR-I2E3)Fuel cell and electrolyzer laboratory (UQTR-IRH)
    • Laboratory of biosourced materials for energy applications (UQTR-I2E3)
  • Existing equipment
    • Computer simulation: computational resources from the Digital Research Alliance of Canada
    • Analytical Equipment: GC, HPLC, SEM, TEM, Raman, FTIR, NMR, UV-Vis/Fluorescence Spectrophotometry .
    • Bioreactors and bioprocess equipment up to 2000 L
    • Equipment for the synthesis and characterization of materials
    • PEM fuel cell and electrolyzer test stations, spray coating and spray station
    • Biomass handling equipment, ball mill, electrospinning , for materials development
    • Micro CT
    • LHE

The research infrastructures accessible to the Environmental Technologies Laboratory of the ETE Center include pretreatment (grinding, shredding, sieving), physical treatments (magnetic separation, flotation), chemical leaching and bioleaching, selective precipitation, solvent extraction, d electroplating, ion exchange, adsorption, carburizing, bioreactors, etc.), solid/liquid separation (lamellar settlers, sand filters, filter press, centrifuge), membrane filtration (micro/ultra/nanofiltration, reverse osmosis ).