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Postdoctoral fellow in sustainable textile modification
University of British Columbia

Date Posted Apr. 29, 2020
Title Postdoctoral fellow in sustainable textile modification
University University of British Columbia More About This Institution...
Kelowna, BC, Canada
Department School of Engineering More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Textile Engineering
    Sustainable Engineering
    Polymer Science
    Mechanical Engineering
    Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics
    Engineering - Other

All current waterproof jackets are treated with what is known as a Durable Water Repellent (DWR). DWRs today can be grouped into two categories: those containing perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and those that cannot repel oil. The first category is problematic because PFCs are toxic to humans, with exposure causing lowered birth weight, pregnancy complications, and immunocompromised children. Canada has recognized this, and PFCs will be completed phased out by 2023. However, today only PFC-containing DWRs exhibit oil
repellency. That’s why the second category of DWR exists: some apparel manufacturers have traded their clothing’s oil-repellent properties for increased environmental and human health. Unfortunately, oil repellency is vital to keep sweat out of the fibres of apparel. Without oil repellency, jackets are easily soiled and then loose their waterproof properties. A Vancouver-based sportswear apparel manufacturer has recognized the inherent difficulty in this problem: their products requite both oil repellency and environmental sustainability, for which today there is no solution on the market. The purpose of this project is to develop a non-PFC DWR that exhibits oil repellency.

This two-year postdoctoral position requires a researcher to design and modify the surface of different textiles in order to render them oil repellent but without the use of fluorochemicals. A strong background in synthesis, chemical modification, coatings, or wettability analysis is required. Though textile engineering backgrounds are relevant, finishing and chemical modification are the main focus of the required experimental work. The position involves both experimental and theoretical work, and may require visits to Vancouver to meet with industry partners. Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills are required. The ability to work independently, rapidly and precisely conduct experiments, analyze data, and present results are all a must. The project is 12 months into its 36 month schedule and, as such, the successful candidate must be able to dive straight into the project with little delay.

  • Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Contact Information

  • Prof. Kevin Golovin
    School of Engineering
    University of British Columbia
    1137 Alumni Ave
    School of Engineering
    Kelowna, BC
  • 2508079774


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