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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department: Centre for Urban Energy
Position supervisor: Dr. Bala Venkatesh, Academic Director 
Contract length: 1 year
Hours of work per week: 36.25
Position type: Postdoctoral Fellow
Rate of pay: $65,000/year

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About the program/department/team

The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Toronto Metropolitan University is an academic-industry partnership that is exploring and developing solutions to energy challenges such as the advancement of smart grid technologies, energy policy and regulatory issues, storage, electric vehicles, net-zero homes and renewables.

In September 2010, Toronto Metropolitan University announced the creation of the CUE. The intention was to provide a unique research and technology demonstration centre devoted to the discovery and commercialization of innovative, practical solutions to urban energy issues.

The creation of the CUE was supported by $7 million in funds from its founding sponsors: Toronto Hydro, Hydro One, and the Ontario Power Authority (now part of the Independent Electricity System Operator). Hydro One and Toronto Hydro each committed $2.5 million over five years, while the Ontario Power Authority pledged to provide up to $2 million during that same period.

The opportunity

The Centre for Urban Energy wishes to hire a postdoctoral research fellow for a period of one (1) year in the area of Modeling of Distributed Energy Resources, with a possibility of renewal based upon available funds.

The postdoctoral research fellow is expected to: 

  • Conduct research on the topic described above;
  • Publish journal papers;
  • Work on other duties as assigned.


Candidates are expected to have a PhD in power systems with expertise in power systems analysis and optimization, artificial intelligence and modeling of distributed energy resources.

How to apply

Interested candidates may contact: Karen Ho-Cespedes at

Toronto Metropolitan University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead for support during the selection process.