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Prof. Matthew Johnson - Energy & Emissions Research Lab


Graduate and Post. Doctoral Opportunities

I have several opportunities for ambitious and skilled graduate students and research assistants interested in working in my laboratory in the general fields of fluid dynamics, combustion, diagnostics, and air pollution / emissions. Ongoing and potential research projects cover a range of applied and fundamental research areas and provide opportunities for exciting work in a very interesting and important field!  Special funding opportunities are available for Canadian students and permanent residents above and beyond any scholarship funding (e.g. NSERC or OGS).

Selected Current Openings (Partial list)

Post Doctoral Fellow: Pollutant Emissions Detection and Modelling
Funding is available for a highly qualified, post doctoral fellow with experience in fluid mechanics, modelling, and optical diagnostics.  The successful candidate will help lead a team on a challenging project to develop a new technique for detecting fugitive emissions in industrial facilities.  Interested candidates may contact me for more details and should provide a CV and reference letters.

Ph.D. Student: Experimental Measurements and Modelling of Emissions from Gas Flares
An estimated 150 billion cubic meters of gas are flared globally each year.  Despite the obvious environmental and greenhouse gas concerns associated with this practice, we still lack basic, fundamentally based models to quantify emissions necessary to enable reduction strategies such as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects supported by World Bank.  We are seeking a talented Ph.D. student to tackle a challenging, experimentally-based project to develop experimentally-backed practical models for flare emissions.  The ideal candidate will have background and experience in non-premixed combustion and laser diagnostics (tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy) and will lead large-scale wind-tunnel experiments in collaboration with National Research Council. The focus of the Ph.D. will be to develop improved models for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from flares that can be adopted nationally and internationally (in conjunction with World Bank) to enable mitigation projects.. 

M.A.Sc. or Ph.D. Student:  Fugitive Emissions Detection
In many types of industrial facilities typical of the energy industry, unmonitored, so-called fugitive gas emissions are a very large, 'invisible' pollution contributor. Indeed these types of emissions may be the single largest unmonitored source of industrial greenhouse gas emissions. In a typical gas plant or refinery there are thousands of potential sources, often along miles of piping. We are working on a novel approach to detecting and quantifying these types of emissions using a clever combination of CFD, optical diagnostics, and data analysis. We are seeking a talented Ph.D. student with strong computational and experimental skills to join this high-profile and well-funded project that currently draws support from Natural Resources Canada, USEPA, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Other opportunities:
Several other opportunities exist for talented graduate students.  Because of funding limitations, preference will be given to Canadian students and permanent residents.  Students with NSERC funding who wish to work on one of my externally funded projects are guaranteed additional financial support above and beyond any additional funds provided by the University.

M.A.Sc. candidate:
In collaboration with Prof. Edgar Matida, we have an opportunity for an M.A.Sc. student to continue work with a novel human nasal cavity geometry developed in our group. Using a combination of experimental measurement and numerical modelling, and in association with the Ottawa Civic hospital, the student will investigate the effects of various types of nasal surgery on air flow and deposition patterns in the nasal cavity.

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