Research Support

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC is seeking candidates for several Research Associate positions. Please scroll down to view the details of the positions.

Available positions:

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, MANY BODY NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, MANAGER OF THE QUANTUM MATERIALS AND DEVICES FOUNDRY

ELECTRON-BEAM LITHOGRAPHY & PROCESS ENGINEER

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE MOLECULAR BEAM EPITAXY

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC is seeking PhD-level Scientific Research staff to support activity in the development of new materials through the use of Molecular Beam Epitaxy. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will support not only SBQMI’s interest in growth of films and heterostructures, it will also connect to a range of experimental techniques suited to the study of these structures, such as ARPES and STM. The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigators and other researchers to maintain and exploit existing film growth infrastructure, as well as developing and constructing new systems for the growth of a wide range of transition metal and rare earth compounds.

The Research Associate will identify and conduct research projects that extend SBQMI’s expertise in the study of thin films and heterostructures; contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals; train and mentor SBQMI students and postdoctoral fellows; and collaborate with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations.

SBQMI is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena involving quantum materials. We believe in the power of collaboration to fuel the search for creative solutions and, in addition to building a strong interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists from physics, chemistry and applied science, have established strong and active partnerships with TRIUMF, the Canadian Light Source, the Max Planck Society, and many other world leading institutions.

The successful candidate will thrive in our collegial culture and will bring the following qualifications to the role:

  • PhD. in Condensed Matter Physics or other area relevant to the research pursuits of SBQMI;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research, or research and development environment;
  • Patents and/or publications in reputable scientific journals;
  • Demonstrated capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Experience mentoring students or staff.
  • Extensive experience building, maintaining, and modifying infrastructure used for the growth of films by MBE;
  • Extensive experience in the growth of thin films and heterostructures of transition metal and rare earth compounds;
  • Experience with a variety of other characterization techniques such as in situ LEED and RHEED, transport and magnetic properties, X-ray diffraction and X-ray scattering;
  • Knowledge of other film growth techniques such as Pulsed Laser deposition and Sputtering
  • Knowledge of crystal and electronic structure, and physical properties of transition metal and rare earth compounds

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge and create world changing devices, send your CV, a statement of research interests, and a covering letter to spcjob@nullqmi.ubc.ca. In the subject line please include “RA-MBE” and your name. You should arrange for three letters of reference to be directly submitted, also by e-mail to spcjob@nullqmi.ubc.ca.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, and pension.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 


RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, MANY BODY NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at the University of British Columbia is seeking PhD-level Scientific Research staff to support its Condensed Matter Theory Group in development of modern computational techniques for strongly correlated many-body systems such as DMRG, QMC and ED.  This multi-year Research Associate position will support the Institute’s Principal Investigators whose program is focused on Many-body systems, work collaboratively with the SBQMI Experimentalists, and develop a vigorous independent research program aligned with SBQMI interests. The successful candidate will also support the SBQMI research team by contributing to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals, and mentoring SBQMI students and postdocs who wish to develop advanced numerical skills.

SBQMI is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena involving quantum materials. We believe in the power of collaboration to fuel the search for creative solutions and, in addition to building a strong interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists from physics, chemistry and applied science, have established thriving partnerships with TRIUMF, the Canadian Light Source, the Max Planck Society, and many other world leading institutions.

The successful candidate will thrive in our collegial culture and will bring the following qualifications to the role:

  • PhD in Physics, specializing in modern computational many-body techniques, including ideally DMRG, QMC and ED.
  • Several years (minimum 3) of postdoctoral or equivalent experience.
  • Strong publication record in the field
  • Experience leading research projects
  • Ability to pursue an independent research program aligned with SBQMI interests
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience mentoring students is strongly desired
  • Recognition as a top scientist in a particular field of research

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please submit your CV, a statement of research interests, and a covering letter to www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/27829

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, and pension plan.

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Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – MANAGER OF THE QUANTUM MATERIALS AND DEVICES FOUNDRY

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at UBC is seeking PhD-level Scientific Research staff to support activity in the development of new materials through the use of Molecular Beam Epitaxy. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will support not only SBQMI’s interest in growth of films and heterostructures, it will also connect to a range of experimental techniques suited to the study of these structures, such as ARPES and STM. The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigators and other researchers to maintain and exploit existing film growth infrastructure, as well as developing and constructing new systems for the growth of a wide range of transition metal and rare earth compounds.

The Research Associate will identify and conduct research projects that extend SBQMI’s expertise in the study of thin films and heterostructures; contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals; train and mentor SBQMI students and postdoctoral fellows; and collaborate with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations.

SBQMI is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena involving quantum materials. We believe in the power of collaboration to fuel the search for creative solutions and, in addition to building a strong interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists from physics, chemistry and applied science, have established strong and active partnerships with TRIUMF, the Canadian Light Source, the Max Planck Society, and many other world leading institutions.

The successful candidate will thrive in our collegial culture and will bring the following qualifications to the role:

  • D. in Condensed Matter Physics or other area relevant to the research pursuits of SBQMI;
  • Minimum of 5 years of postdoctoral experience in a research, or research and development environment;
  • Experience in wide-range use of thin film epitaxial growth facilities;
  • Experience in design, setup and management of thin film epitaxial growth facilities;
  • Patents and/or publications in reputable scientific journals;
  • Demonstrated capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Experience mentoring students or staff.
  • Extensive experience building, maintaining, and modifying infrastructure used for the growth of films by MBE;
  • Extensive experience in the growth of thin films and heterostructures of transition metal and rare earth compounds;
  • Experience with a variety of other characterization techniques such as in situ LEED and RHEED, transport and magnetic properties, X-ray diffraction and X-ray scattering;
  • Knowledge of other film growth techniques such as Pulsed Laser deposition and Sputtering
  • Knowledge of crystal and electronic structure, and physical properties of transition metal and rare earth compounds

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge and create world changing devices, please apply with your CV, a statement of research interests, and a covering letter to www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/27830

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, and pension.

 Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


ELECTRON-BEAM LITHOGRAPHY & PROCESS ENGINEER

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC (SBQMI) is a world-leading venture advancing research into solid state systems and phenomena that explicitly involve quantum mechanics. Among its core areas of expertise are the development of materials hosting novel quantum electronic states, and measurement of nanoscale electronic structures built from these materials, whose device characteristics display remarkable new paradigms of operation.

SBQMI has invested heavily on acquiring a state-of-the-art electron-beam lithography tool that enables device fabrication at the nanoscale, where quantum properties of materials manifest themselves. The Electron-Beam Lithography & Process Engineer is the dedicated engineer responsible for fully exploiting the capabilities of this lithography tool. To this end, the post holder, who should already have experience in electron-beam lithography, micro/nano-fabrication, and process development, plans, designs and delivers complete micro/nano-fabrication engineering solutions, for a number of different stakeholders, and working on various projects.

The individual is expected to work independently, with a proactive and creative spirit and in close collaboration with colleagues, in order to be able to deliver what is required of the role.

The post holder also has a duty to ensure that all tasks conducted within SBQMI labs are performed in a safe manner that conforms to current legislation and work place protocols.

 ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

The Electron-Beam Lithography & Process Engineer reports to the Director, Nanofabrication Facilities. The post holder will work independently and pro-actively, and will be often required to use the SBQMI cleanroom and to collaborate closely with the Research Associate, Microfabrication.

 WORK PERFORMED

The Electron-Beam Lithography & Process Engineer will be involved in leading a number of projects simultaneously with respect to their micro- and nano-engineering aspects. The Engineer will define requirements for materials and processes used in the fabrication of micro/nano-structured devices; produce specifications and other documents to manage the development of devices and processes; and develop and qualify new processes to meet requirements. The Engineer will also conduct analyses to determine reasons for failures of materials, devices or processes, implementing corrective and preventive actions.

The following items reflect the most important tasks associated with the post. The list is not complete and may change as the role evolves with time. The Electron-Beam Lithography and Process Engineer:

  1. Plans, designs, develops and delivers innovative process specifications for the realization of micro- and nano-structured devices, using techniques that include, but are not limited to, electron-beam lithography, photolithography, wet and dry etching, physical and chemical vapour deposition, electro-forming, soft lithography, and metrology.
  2. Working on a number of different projects, develops innovative technologies for micro/nano-structured devices and transfers such technologies to a diverse user community that includes internal and external stakeholders and industrial partners.
  3. Advises on the design and feasibility of micro/nano-engineering aspects of various research projects for a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  4. Designs and develops novel capabilities of existing and new nano/micro-fabrication equipment, designs and develops experiments, and finds solutions to complex engineering problems.
  5. Monitors the performance of processes that make use of the electron-beam lithography tool and engineers all necessary interventions, ensuring that these processes remain operational and perform to specifications.
  6. Is the main person responsible for SBQMI’s electron-beam lithography tool, regarding all aspects of its operation, including user training and liaising with users, with the aim of delivering consistency and reliability.
  7. Offers time, skills and expertise to other SBQMI labs and projects, as instructed by the Director, Nanofabrication Facilities, and performs other relevant to the job tasks, as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Undergraduate degree in Engineering, Applied Science, Physics, Chemistry or another relevant discipline. Master’s or PhD degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or other relevant discipline is preferred.  A minimum of 5 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential qualifications:

– Computer skills, including mask layout and CAD-related software

– Experience in a research and/or research & development setting, involving micro and nanofabrication process development

– Previous working knowledge and experience in operating an electron-beam lithography system, as evidenced by a portfolio of fabricated devices

– Proven working knowledge and hands-on experience in a range of other micro/nano-fabrication techniques, including but not limited to: photolithography, resist processing, wet and dry etching, physical and chemical vapour deposition, electroforming, bonding, and micromachining

– Proven working knowledge of analysis techniques, including but not limited to: scanning electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and contact profilometry

– Proven awareness of safe work practices

– Demonstrated ability to creatively solve engineering problems

– Lab instrumentation/equipment fault finding and fault diagnosis skills

– Demonstrated team work qualities

Desirable qualifications:

– Knowledge of and experience in Linux-based operating systems and computer programming

– Published research involving micro and nanofabrication

– Knowledge of and experience in vacuum systems

– Knowledge of high-end lithography software

– Knowledge of software-hardware interface technologies

Please apply online at www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/28728  

Salary range is $64,402.00 (minimum) – $92,778.00 annually. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, professional development funding and pension.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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QUANTUM MATTER INSTITUTE

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