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Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

​Our lab is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive research environment. We encourage students and researchers from marginalized groups and/or minorities to apply to join our team. Furthermore, we are always eager to take part in outreach opportunities related to this cause, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any inquiry.

SMART-Lab particularly encourages, and supports applications from Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) and Black researchers who intend to pursue their PhD at the University of Waterloo through the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Momentum Fellowship (IBET). As a flagship program, the IBET PhD fellowship will provide financial support of $30,000 per year for 4 years for University of Waterloo recipients. Please check the IBET webpage for further information about this prestigious fellowship and contact us if you have any questions.

Financial Support

We are always looking for bright and driven students (graduate, undergraduate, and exchange), postdoctoral fellows, and visiting researchers to join our team.

Successful candidates will receive financial support according to regulations of the University of Waterloo. In addition, there are other sources of funding from the university, and from the provincial and federal external agencies that could financially assist graduate or undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. You can read more details about awards, funding, and other sources of financial assistance on the university website. 


Students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting researchers with external financial support are always welcome to contact us and inquire about potential positions in our team.


SMART-Lab also provides 6K-12K/year top-up to graduates students who hold external scholarships, such as NSERC, OGS, QE II, etc. 

Available Positions

PhD Position

We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated PhD student to join SMART-Lab at the University of Waterloo. The position will be available for the terms of Winter 2023 or Spring 2023

Candidates should (preferably) hold a M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, polymers, or biomedical engineering. They must have excellent academic records, i.e. high GPA, and have demonstrated, during their previous studies, the competence and motivation to pursue high-caliber research, i.e. peer-reviewed publications.

Previous experience in the synthesis and 3D printing of hydrogels, chemistry and physics polymers, and cell biology or tissue engineering will be highly desirable.  

Interested candidates should email Prof. Hamed Shahsavan ( and send a letter of motivation and a CV with “Prospective Student” in the subject line. The selection process will continue until the position is filled.

We receive a large number of emails, and unfortunately, we are not able to reply and provide feedback to every single one of them. Therefore, we will contact ONLY candidates who are selected for the interview. 

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