Postdoctoral Positions

Mitacs Postdoc Internship (DSC; Toronto, ON) – Chemical Synthesis

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Project Title: Scale-up Synthesis of New-Generation Chiral Cyclobutane-based Bisphosphane Ligands 

Mitacs Program: Accelerate
Company: Digital Specialty Chemicals
Project Length: 2 years
Location: Toronto, ON
No. of Positions Available: 1
Language: English

About Company:
Digital Specialty Chemicals Limited (DSC) is a dual bottom line corporation and a leading provider of advanced materials.  Since 1987, the Toronto based company has provided high-volume, high-purity materials to the semiconductor, pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals markets worldwide.  The company is a leader in the manufacturing and handling of novel specialty air-sensitive chemicals that require nitrogen and vacuum-operated vessels, using state-of-the-art distillation techniques.  Talented and dedicated people are an invaluable resource and are key to the company’s competitive advantage and differentiating technology; safety, quality, environmental and social responsibility drives everything they do.  DSC partners with leading innovators to support their material needs for continued and sustainable development in semiconductor device design and processing.  DSC offers a turn-key solution from proof-of-concept, safe and efficient scale-up to customized specifications and packaging/canister management solutions.

The position will be in Dr. Thomas Baumgartner’s research group at York University.

Project Description:
This research project deals with the development of the next generation of phosphorus-based ligands on an industrial scale. The ligands will be employed in a new generation of catalysts by Digital Specialty Chemicals’ customer in the manufacture of plasticizers, paints, and detergents.

For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please:

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  • Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform

Eligibility Requirements: PhD in Chemistry (Inorganic/Organometallic)
Expertise and Skills Needed: • Inert atmosphere synthesis techniques
• Organometallic or Organomain group chemistry
Research Objectives: The intern will focus on the optimized chemical synthesis of critical components toward the final products, as well as the identification of commercially more viable options for the process. The new design of the target compounds of this project is expected to lead to more chemically-efficient and cost-effective processes.
Methodology: This project will involve a two-stage scale-up scheme, first focusing on the development of a large multigram (up to 100 g) synthetic process in the Baumgartner laboratory at York University and then further scale-up toward the multi-kg scale on the premises of Digital Specialty Chemicals.

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