There are few openings (available immediately) for PhD, MSc studies as well as Post-doctoral fellowship (PDF) in Chemical Engineeing, Chemistry and Material Science, Environmental Engineering, Forestry and Biotechnology programs to carry on research on forest biorefinery as well as colloid and surface science. Biomass Utilization Research Laboratory (BURL) of Lakehead University, an state-of-the-art research laboratory in biorefinery, has been established by Dr. Fatehi to carry on research on biomass utilization and biofuel production and colloid and surface science. There are four programs currently active at BURL: wood pellet production, agro-based biorefinery, bioseparation processes and lignin modification. These programs aim at developing industrially attractive processes for producing wood pellets with superior properties,extracting lignocelluloses from spent liquors of various pulping processes, developing integrated agro-based biorefinery and producing value-added hemicellulose- and lignin-based products. Students with strong background in chemical reaction engineering, environmental engineering, waste water processing, biomass utilization, biorefinery, forestry and applied chemistry are encouraged to apply for these positions. Financial supports will be offered to qualified appointees. Full financial supports for international MSc applicants are not available. Full finnancial supports for international PhD applicants may be avaialble. PhD applicants may be asked to prepare a proposal if funding is needed. For more information on research activities, please visit the Research Area page of this website. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply directly to Dr. Fatehi ( However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Only selected applicants will be notified to officially apply to the programs.

Furthermore, visiting students/scholars willing to carry out research on various aspects of forest biorefinery or colloid and surface science under supervision of Dr. Fatehi are encouraged to contact Dr. Fatehi directly. There are currently one co-op and one internship positions available for northen ontario students/researchers in Dr. Fatehi's group.


MSc: Environmental Engineering, Chemistry and Forestry Programs

PhD: Biotechnology, Chemistry and Forestry programs

PDF: Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry/Forestry/ Biotechnology