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Professor in materials and technology for an environmental energy transition

Professor in materials and technology for an environmental energy transition


Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is dedicated exclusively to graduate level research and training. Since its creation in 1969, the institute has built its success on interdisciplinarity, innovation, and excellence.
The INRS Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre contributes to the advancement of knowledge to better protect, preserve, and develop natural, water, and land resources.


Trois-Rivières, Canada


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)

Full time


In accordance with the collective agreement in effect at INRS.

Required education

Application deadline
1 August 2024

3 June 2024

Job description

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.

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.