Postdoctoral Fellow in Germicidal UV (GUV) Technologies
Competition 592

Department Faculty of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dept
Posted date February 7, 2024
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type Full Time


This is a full time position that offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits.

Location - Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.


The selected candidate will contribute significantly to advancing GUV technologies, dedicating 50% of their time to innovative research, including the design and efficacy testing of UVGI systems. A further 20% will involve the mentorship of graduate and intern students, providing both technical guidance and safety protocols under the Principal Investigator's supervision. The remaining 30% will focus on self-directed research initiatives and the development of funding proposals.

Start Date

The position is currently vacant and available for an immediate start. The applications will be reviewed in the order received, and the position will remain open until filled. The contract's initial term will be one year with a possibility of extension depending on the contract's continuation, individual performance, and funding availability.


  • Engineer practical GUV solutions tailored to both in-duct and upper room applications, enhancing indoor air quality and health.
  • Undertake independent research, supported by the team, to push the boundaries of current GUV applications.
  • Clearly articulate research findings and analyses through both written reports and oral presentations to internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Craft and submit manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and present findings at both national and international forums.
  • Engage in the grant proposal process to secure funding for future research endeavors.
  • Provide mentorship to junior team members, fostering their technical skills and emphasizing the importance of safety in all laboratory activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Prospective candidates should possess a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the role (e.g., engineering, microbiology, chemical biology) by the start date.
  • A strong motivation for research, excellent organizational skills, proficient communication abilities in English, and a solid track record of publications are essential.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • A keen interest in multidisciplinary research.
  • Proven capability to conduct both independent and collaborative research projects.
  • Prior experience in GUV research is highly advantageous.
  • Hands-on skills in bioanalysis techniques, such as PCR, will be considered a valuable asset.

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.