Funding and Development Opportunities for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows
Integrated Network Training
Training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows collectively referred to as “highly qualified personnel” (HQP) is a core emphasis of the FlareNet Network. This is directly reflected in the structure of the research program, which is focused on graduate student projects, exchanges, networking and training activities.
The highly integrated nature of FlareNet is designed to provide HQP with exceptional opportunities to go far beyond a typical Canadian graduate student experience by engaging in a Canada-wide, collaborative effort to solve urgent, industrially relevant problems of national and international importance. The array of industry and government partners, both within Canada and internationally, underscores the need for this network, and, equally importantly, will provide unique opportunities for the HQP being trained. The high-profile nature of the topic and the close engagement of these partners are key advantages for enhancing the experiences of the HQP during their research and ensuring their marketability upon graduation.
Most of FlareNet’s HQP will be co-supervised, often by co-supervisors based at different institutions. This is advantageous and possible because of the comprehensive plans for exchanges and resource sharing across the network. The scale of the research means that no student project can occur in isolation — cooperation and collaborations with other HQP at other institutions will be the norm. Every student will be encouraged to participate in at least one reciprocal laboratory visit, and more than two-thirds of HQP will be involved in significant exchanges lasting four to six months over the course of their training. The extensive sharing of resources and expertise across the network will expose students to new equipment, working environments, and advanced experimental methods that will expand the impact of their own research projects and directly enhance their training. In addition, the large team environment and close collaborations with other HQP and PIs from across the country will stimulate new professional relationships and connections that will stay with these HQP throughout their careers.
FlareNet would provide funding for students to attend academic conferences, where students would present their results to the broader research community. All HQP are expected to attend the annual Combustion Institute Canadian Section (CICS) Spring Technical Meeting and associated network specific training sessions organized in conjunction with this meeting. In addition, HQP will be given opportunities to participate in at least one additional conference per year, which would typically be meetings such as the International Combustion Symposium, American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) conference, and Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) conference.
Under Theme 5 there are funded opportunities for fieldwork, which would involve travelling to flare sites in different parts of Canada or around the world, depending on where sufficient access to industrial facilities can be arranged through our partner organizations.
Collaborations: Working in another lab in the network
FlareNet provides funding to assist with the travel costs associated with HQP working in a partner institution’s laboratory. Most of the FlareNet’s projects involve co-supervision from investigators with complementary research interests, and a majority of students will conduct experiments in close association with another institution. Having access to complementary knowledge, diagnostic methodologies, and experimental facilities will give the HQP a far broader sense of the problems being challenged and how various components of the research fit together.
Graduate & Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities
FlareNet is a Research Network that consists of five Canadian universities partners: Carleton University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, and Western University.
Before applying online to the Graduate Programs at the various universities involved, please review the FlareNet Research Team to find the area of research that is the most suitable to your studies and contact the professor at the university directly about current opportunities.
Any questions? Please contact Brigid@flarenet.ca to assist you regarding current graduate student opportunities.