Wind Turbine UVIC Job Position

Two positions available: an exciting opportunity to join the team behind a pioneering negative emissions technology.

The engineering group within the PICS Solid Carbon theme partnership project is looking to fill one PhD and one Post-Doc position in a research project led by Dr. Curran Crawford

Solid Carbon is looking at a ‘baseline’ floating wind turbine + direct air capture (DAC) to optimization a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) system to sequester carbon in basalt rock under the ocean ~3000m of water. The PhD student and a Post-doc position are specifically in area of DAC and carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) process/chemical engineering. The intent is not necessarily to synthesize new processes, but rather to model proposed technologies so as to enable cross-comparison and understand/optimization implications in operating offshore.

An additional Post-doc will contribute to overall systems engineering activities, in particular looking at energy-ship based concepts in the same system optimization framework being developed in Solid Carbon to cross-compare various wind turbine/pipeline/vessel system configurations.


  • MSc/MS degree for PhD position, PhD degree for Post-doc in a relevant area of engineering
  • The PhD position requires specific experience in chemical/process engineering, preferably of DAC and/or CCUS applications
  • The Post-doc should have experience in an aspect of wind energy/energy systems/wind-based vessel propulsion, with experience in multidisciplinary/multi-fidelity optimization techniques
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for low/negative-carbon energy systems analysis
  • Ideally knowledge of Python and LaTex tools for model development and figure generation
  • Strong writing, conversational and presentation abilities in English
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team


Ideally starting ASAP; applications accepted on a rolling basis.

View full details, including information on the application process, here. 

Dr. Curran Crawford at