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, NANOSCALE MODELLING AND SIMULATION

RESEARCH ENGINEER, NANOPHOTONICS

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, MOLECULAR BEAM EPITAXY

RESEARCH ENGINEER, ULTRA HIGH VACUUM (UHV)

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, MANY BODY NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, MANAGER OF THE QUANTUM MATERIALS AND DEVICES FOUNDRY

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE NANOSCALE MODELLING AND SIMULATION

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at the University of British Columbia is seeking PhD-level scientific researchers with expertise and a broad vision on atomic scale modeling and simulation of materials. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will strengthen the Institute’s capacity in computational materials physics, form a close link with experiments and ultimately aid the design of novel functional materials and devices.

The successful candidate will bring experience in modern computational techniques for exploring the structure and dynamics of complex materials. They will contribute deep expertise in high-performance computing, proficiency in atomistic modeling with ab-initio and/or classical methods, and statistical techniques for non-equilibrium phenomena.  Moreover, they will support the development and deployment of new algorithms such as quantum/classical couplings or other hybrid simulation techniques. Topical focus areas include growth of quantum materials, morphology and defects at interfaces, 1D and 2D materials, nanoscale transport phenomena, supramolecular materials and self-assembly. The Research Associate will support SBQMI’s team of multi-disciplinary Principal Investigators in their research and will also develop an independent research program, contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals, and mentor 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 engineering, have established strong 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 or a related discipline, specializing in computational materials physics
  • Experience with some atomistic simulation techniques such as ab-initio/density functional theory, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo methods, advanced sampling techniques.
  • Several years of postdoctoral or equivalent experience
  • Strong publication record in the field
  • Ability to pursue an independent research program aligned with SBQMI interests
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience with mentoring students is strongly desired

To Apply: send your CV, a statement of research interests, and a covering letter to www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/27131

Please also arrange for 3 confidential recommendation letters to be emailed directly to the SBQMI Human Resources Manager at csjob@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.

For more information about SBQMI: www.qmi.ubc.ca
For more information about Vancouver: http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

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 ENGINEER – NANOPHOTONICS

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC (SBQMI) is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena explicitly involving quantum mechanics. One of its interests is the development of a quantum information processing platform based on silicon photonic circuits.

Under the direction of the Principle Investigator(s) working on this project, the Research Engineer, Nanophotonics (REN) will oversee all aspects of fabricating complex silicon circuits using SBQMI’s Electron-Beam lithography and nanofabrication facilities and, where necessary, external facilities. This includes working with the Principle Investigators and other researchers to design and realize high-performance, fabrication-tolerant circuit elements by developing thorough process flow sequences and the underlying sub-processes. This work will be done in part by the REN, and in conjunction with students and postdocs who will receive fabrication training from the REN. The REN is expected to prepare manuscripts for articles published in top-tier journals, and to act as a mentor for SBQMI students and postdoctoral fellows. From time to time the Research Engineer will collaborate with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations, attend conferences and workshops to gather and disseminate knowledge of advances in photonic based quantum information processing, and may write portions of grant applications to fund research activities.

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

The Research Engineer, Nanophotonics reports to the SBQMI Principle Investigator(s) whose research area most closely matches in expertise, and provides support to other SBQMI Principle Investigators and Researchers as requested. The REN makes decisions regarding process development and process flow for a variety of projects, and gives directions for the design, construction and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure required for these projects.

WORK PERFORMED

Research

– Collaborate with the Members and Associate Members of SBQMI in defining and executing research sub-projects related to the overarching goals of the nanophotonics PIs, contributing knowledge and expertise as requested; maintain awareness of current and upcoming major projects and provide expert advice regarding infrastructure and resource requirements and deployment for those projects that are of the highest priority;

– Oversee the fabrication of complex photonic silicon circuits – from development of conceptual designs, to transfer to fabrication-ready file formats, to fabrication; develop efficient and effective processes and process flows that can be used by trained team members in support of the effort to develop silicon opto-electronic circuits for quantum based information processing;

– By staying current with international trends and developments in the field, will identify issues, opportunities, and new directions related to nanofabrication research in nanophotonics,

– Research and develop new experimental research techniques that will increase and maintain scientific excellence; prepare reports on these, and other, research activities;

– Publish findings; maintain records of research activities and outcomes; prepare official research reports and statistics to support SBQMI and UBC performance related metrics and other university related administrative requirements;

Facilities Operation

– Participate on relevant committees such as those determining infrastructure and space requirements, new projects, redevelopment of existing space, and health and safety.

Fostering Learning

– Provide scientific advice and mentoring to students and other researchers on fabrication software and hardware tools, processing techniques and strategies, and how these impact device/circuit design and testing;

– Attend relevant conferences and workshops to gather new knowledge and/or to present results of SBQMI research; build and maintain networks of experts in the field in order to further the knowledge and research activities of SBQMI;

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR

To retain its standing as a UBC Centre of Excellence, SBQMI must demonstrate its potential to move from internationally excellent to globally exceptional, both in terms of academic impact and translational impact.

Ultimately, errors in judgement that lead to the inability to complete research projects in a timely and effective manner could mean that SBQMI Centre of Excellence will not meet the required deliverables to secure additional funding and/or revenues.

Poor decisions or errors in judgement may also result in unreliable results in experiments and research, experiments being postponed or cancelled, or major damage to property and safety of persons.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works independently, in consultation with faculty members. Is called upon to use unique and highly advanced scientific and technical knowledge to resolve complex problems that have not been previously encountered and do not have established methods, principles or guidelines to for resolution – develops these as necessary and documents the process.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

Provides ongoing support, advice, and mentoring to students and postdoctoral researchers.

QUALIFICATIONS

Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science. Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics preferred.

Minimum of one year experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience in a research and/or research and development environment required;

Extensive experience and fluency in use of photonic device design, layout, fabrication and characterization tools;

Experience with photonic circuits;

Experience with characterization metrics and circuits;

Demonstrated ability to develop processes and procedures that will assist in the resolution of a particular experimental question or problem;

Excellent communication skills.

Please apply online at www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/26840

Salary range is $47,102.00 (minimum) – $67,853.00 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.


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 ENGINEER, ULTRA HIGH VACUUM (UHV)

JOB SUMMARY

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC (SBQMI) is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena explicitly involving quantum mechanics. One of its core areas of strength is research into various condensed matter systems which employ sophisticated Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) systems.

Under the direction of the Principle Investigator(s) working with UHV instrumentation, the Research Engineer, UHV will take the lead in designing, constructing and maintaining UHV equipment and infrastructure required to conduct experiments in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES), Topological Quantum Devices, study of  the Heat Trap effect in one-dimensional conductors, and any other research projects that may arise involving UHV infrastructure. This includes working with the Principle Investigators and other researchers to frame problems and the approach to their resolution, designing, constructing and maintaining the optimal equipment and techniques to explore and find answers to these, and mentoring SBQMI students and other researchers. The Research Engineer will collaborate with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations, attend conferences and workshops to gather and disseminate knowledge of advances in the field and will participate in writing and submissions of grants to fund research activities and required infrastructure.

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

 The Research Engineer, UHV reports to the Operations Manager and provides support to other SBQMI Principle Investigators and Researchers as requested. The Research Engineer makes decisions regarding design, construction and maintenance of research equipment, plans and oversees the construction of complex research equipment, and provides mentoring and coaching to students and other researchers.

WORK PERFORMED

 Research

  • Design and construct UHV vacuum systems using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, for example, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Autodesk Understand researchers’ projects and conduct research to discover how to create the necessary systems;
  • Optimization and upkeep of existing fully functioning UHV systems – replacing turbo pumps upon failure; replacing roughing pumps, replacing feedthroughs and other actuators, leak detection of equipment as Logging of vacuum related data (pressure, temperature, outgassing rates) to fully characterize each UHV system; ultrasonic cleaning of parts; other maintenance as required;
  • Careful bakeout of UHV systems; maintenance of bakeout equipment; remote monitoring of bakeout temperatures and logging such data;
  • Record details of construction projects with careful attention to detail in keeping track of drawings and related revisions; prepare official reports and statistics to support SBQMI and UBC performance related metrics and other university related administrative requirements;
  • Work closely with vendors in obtaining equipment quotes for various projects;
  • Identify research opportunities into new equipment that will allow researchers to broaden the scope of their work; prepare and write proposals to rationalize allocation of funds to the project;
  • Research and develop new experimental design techniques that will increase and maintain scientific excellence; prepare reports on these, and other, research activities;
  • Work closely with equipment suppliers, engineers and other contractors, as

Facilities Operation

  • Ensure that maintenance plans are in place and implemented for all equipment related to SBQMI’s UHV infrastructure; working with suppliers and contractors when necessary;
  • Keep detailed maintenance records for various systems;
  • Establish operational guidelines for various

Fostering Learning

  • Provide engineering advice and mentoring to students and other researchers related to vacuum systems as required;
  • Prepare and present UHV/HV related workshops for SBQMI members as required;
  • Attend tradeshows and other technical events; visit experts, or host visitors, who can further the knowledge and research activities of SBQMI, including from academia, industry and government

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR

 To retain its standing as a UBC Centre of Excellence, SBQMI must demonstrate its potential to move from internationally excellent to globally exceptional, both in terms of academic impact and translational impact.

Ultimately, errors in judgement that lead to the inability to complete research projects in a timely and effective manner could mean that SBQMI Centre of Excellence will not meet the required deliverables to secure additional funding and/or revenues.

Poor decisions or errors in judgement may also result in unreliable results in experiments and research, experiments being postponed or cancelled, or major damage to property and safety of persons.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

 Works independently, in consultation with Operations Manager and faculty members. Is called upon to use unique and highly advanced scientific and technical knowledge to resolve complex problems that have not been previously encountered and do not have established methods, principles or guidelines to for resolution – develops these as necessary and documents the process.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

 Provides ongoing support, advice, and mentoring to students and researchers.

QUALIFICATIONS

 Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science. A degree in Physics, Chemistry or similar discipline would also be suitable. Minimum of one year experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working in a research and/or research and development environment preferred. – Demonstrated ability to develop instrumentation that will assist in the resolution of a particular experimental question or problem related to condensed matter systems employing sophisticated Ultra High Vacuum systems;

  • In-depth knowledge of appropriate UHV materials;
  • Computer skills, including use of office suites and web apps;
  • Proven awareness of safe work practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively solve engineering problems.

Please apply online at: www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/27514

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, 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.

For more information about SBQMI: www.qmi.ubc.ca
For more information about Vancouver: http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

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.

STEWART BLUSSON
QUANTUM MATTER INSTITUTE

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Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
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