2017-2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

The Banting PDF Competition is now open and we strongly encourage all prospective postdocs to apply. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years. The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a Ph.D., Ph.D.- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

The 2017-2018 competition was launched in April 2017 and the application deadline will be September 20, 2017 at 20:00 EDT. Please note that institutions may have internal deadlines.

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit:

Postdoctoral positions at the University of Toronto:

Joint experimental and theoretical studies of nanomaterials in energy – including catalysis, light emission and solar energy

. Each candidate will lead a research project in the area of new materials and devices for energy. Materials systems of particular interest include quantum dots, perovskites, nanorods, nanostructured metals, metal oxyhydroxides, metal-organic frameworks, and covalent-organic frameworks. Application areas of interest include catalysis, light emission, and solar energy.

Candidates with demonstrated expertise both in experiment (such as materials synthesis, device fabrication and investigation, and photophysical and synchrotron studies) and theory (such as density functional theory and computational materials science more broadly) are encouraged to apply.

The research is aimed at building functional devices that appreciably exceed existing performance records. Advances are typically rooted in deepening understanding at the level of material chemistry and physics.

The principal goal will be first-authored publications in high-impact journals; accompanied with an expectation that the candidate will devote a fraction of time to co-mentoring graduate students in the group and developing new research directions. 

Candidates are expected to bring leadership in motivating and contributing to multidisciplinary teams; excellent communication skills and efficient writing, including the capacity to offer thoughtful and clear technical guidance on research projects.

Proven experience and impact in at least one of the following areas is required:
- DFT, semi-empirical and force-field simulations in inorganic and organic and hybrid materials
- Computation of electronic and optical properties, electrochemical activity, many-body effects in large systems (up to 1000 atoms)
- Parallel programming
- Semiconductor device modeling
- Finite element modeling and FDTD

- Electrochemistry
- Catalysis for CO2 capture and conversion
- Surfaces and interfaces of porous and nano- materials
- Synthesis, characterization and functionalization of MOFs/COFs

- Synthesis and characterization of colloidal quantum dots and/or perovskites
- Optical gain and lasing
- Transient photoluminescence and absorption spectroscopies
- Fabrication and testing of PV, LED, and photodetector thin film semiconductor devices

Proven success in writing grant proposals and applying for experimental or computational resources will also be considered.

More information on the research program is available at

Applications should be sent as soon as possible to Prof. Ted Sargent ( at the University of Toronto. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2016. Please list 3 referees who have confirmed that they are willing to supply letters of reference upon request.

Example publications of interest are listed below:
Catalysis: "Homogeneously dispersed, multimetal oxygen-evolving catalysts,” Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf1525, 2016.
Light emission: "Quantum-dot-in-perovskite solids,” Nature, vol. 523, pp. 324-328, 2015.
Solar energy: "Colloidal quantum dot solids for solution-processed solar cells,” Nature Energy, DOI: 10.1038/NENERGY.2016.16, 2016.

MASc and PhD degree positions

We are recruiting graduate students for M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degree positions. Please email ( with your CV and unofficial transcripts to initiate a conversation about opportunities in the Sargent group. Please go to for information on applying for graduate studies in ECE at University of Toronto.


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.