The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position. The research project is system analysis and policy analysis of converting low-cost biomass residues to renewable natural gas (RNG) in pulp, paper and lumber mills in the Province of British Columbia (BC). This is part of a large project aiming at demonstrating the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of RNG production from biomass residues in British Columbia using biomass gasification and methanation technologies. The Post-Doc Fellow in this posting will work on the policy and impact assessment part, in collaboration with other two postdocs on gasification and methanation. The Fellow will work with Professors Xiaotao Bi, Kevin Smith and Naoko Ellis and researchers in the department, a leading R&D organization in forestry industry - FPInnovations, and local pulp and paper companies.

This project is expected to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to quantify the environmental, economic and social impacts of each promising technology. A review on renewable energy policies at regional, national and international scales will be carried out, followed by an analysis of those policies and incentive/subsidy programs to identify the implications of policy changes on the deployment of RNG and syngas technologies in pulp and paper mills in BC and Canada. The impact of policy changes can be analyzed with the Biopathways model developed by FPInnovations.

The initial appointment of this position is one year, which may be renewed for a 2nd year and beyond upon satisfactory performance. The position is available now until filled. The salary ranges from CND$45-55k/year (plus standard UBC benefit for PDF) based on qualification and experiences.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental/Energy Policy, or other related fields. The candidate should have a strong interest and commitment to research, must have strong review and analysis skills, and written and oral communication skills.


Interested candidates should send a CV, complete list of past research topics and publications, and the names of three references, to Ms. Siduo Zhang: Please use “RNG PDF Application – (Your name)” as the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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The Going Global Innovation (GGI) program is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada's international innovation efforts. The program supports researchers who aim to commercialize technology by pursuing collaborative international research and development (R&D) opportunities through partnerships with key players in foreign markets.

Who are the beneficiaries?
Eligible beneficiaries are Canadian innovators from small or medium size enterprises, universities and nongovernment research centres.

How does the funding work?
GGI provides assistance by contributing up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $75,000 for any approved project. Eligible expenses may include: international and local travel, accommodation, meals, meeting costs, legal fees to support formalized partnerships, and other costs related to international collaboration. Going Global Innovation supports project driven technology commercialization efforts and is not event driven. Only in very exceptional circumstances will GGI support conference fees. It must be clearly demonstrated to the Department that the meeting with a pre-confirmed foreign entity could not be held anywhere else in the world or at any other time.

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Full scholarship for joint Phd supervision by Southern University of Science and Technology, China


UBC Faculty of Applied Science and Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) partnered to facilitate students who are interested in pursuing a PhD program of study at UBC. Students in this program are co-supervised by UBC and SUSTech professors and spend around 2 years at each university. Completing this program will entitle the students with regular UBC PhD degree and a SUSTech completion certificate. A scholarship has been established to support successful candidates by providing $25,000 per year for 4 years of study.

Professors can nominate potential candidates to the coordinator of either university. The program can help to identify co-supervisor(s) and guide qualified candidates to apply.


Siduo Zhang, Coordinator, UBC

Bao Zhu, Coordinator, SUSTech 

Accelerate Program by Mitacs

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Funding to support graduate students or postdocs to research in a Canadian organization. Internships start at four months and can scale up. Projects receive $15,000 in funding for each four-month.


  • Students: Full-time grad students at all Canadian universities

  • Postdocs: Postdoctoral fellows at all Canadian universities (except those who have previously held a Mitacs Elevate award). PhDs must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project’s start date

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students

  • All academic disciplines

  • Faculty at all Canadian universities who are eligible to hold Tri-Council funds

  • Businesses and not-for-profit organizations

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