Staff Members

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

Available positions:

RESEARCH ENGINEER – NANOPHOTONICS

RESEARCH ENGINEER, ULTRA HIGH VACUUM (UHV)

CLEANROOM TECHNICIAN


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 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.


CLEANROOM TECHNICIAN

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.

The Cleanroom Technician provides specialist technical support for research activities within the SBQMI Cleanroom and associated laboratories that form part of the Institute’s Nanofabrication Facilities. To the extent possible, the technician also advises faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate students and other facility users on the proper use of the cleanroom and the associated tools and processes, and oversees their activities within the cleanroom, contributing to a positive user experience and a safe work environment.

The individual is expected to work independently with minimal direct supervision for the day to day running of the cleanroom facility. The role holder will monitor, maintain, repair, modify and strive to improve the facility infrastructure and assist with the installation of new tools as required.

The technician has a duty to ensure that all tasks conducted within the cleanroom are performed in a safe manner that conforms to current legislation and work place protocols.

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

The Cleanroom Technician reports to the Director, Nanofabrication Facilities, and will typically work under the general direction and supervision of the Research Associate, Microfabrication, and of the Electron-Beam Lithography & Process Engineer, as required, who will be acting with delegated authority in this respect. The incumbent is expected to be able to work pro-actively and independently, under minimal direction, for the routine tasks of the role.

WORK PERFORMED

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 Cleanroom Technician:
– Devotes the required time and effort for continuous on-the-job-training, which is an important aspect of the role.
– Fills in, maintains and upkeeps electronic and/or print records relevant to work tasks performed, e.g. equipment log books, maintenance records, cleanroom user logs, etc.
– Maintains and updates stock of laboratory consumables, materials, chemicals, equipment spare and repair parts etc., and informs supervisors when additional supplies need to be ordered.
– Sources parts required for lab equipment repairs, installations, etc., following guidance by supervisors.
– Performs all necessary actions so that the cleanroom is kept clean and tidy, offering a safe and pleasant work environment. These actions include, for example, emptying cleanroom waste bins, disposing chemical and other laboratory waste as per relevant policies, and ensuring that cleanroom users clean up after their lab use.
– Conducts daily cleanroom inspections to ensure that the work place is safe and fit for purpose. Informs supervisors on all problems and deficiencies.
– Troubleshoots lab equipment, performs simple repairs when/where possible, and/or informs supervisors upon need for maintenance.
– Performs simple installations that may involve, for example, nitrogen gas, compressed air, water/plumbing and standard electrical power connections.
– Performs routine/periodic equipment maintenance tasks, e.g. de-ionized water filter replacement, vacuum pump oil changes, cleaning of resist spinners, chamber cleaning of vacuum deposition systems etc.
– Performs routine/periodic monitoring and/or testing of lab equipment, e.g. measurement of mask-aligner lamp intensity, particle count measurements, calibration of stylus profiler etc.
– Contributes, to the degree possible and for routine operations, to device processing work performed by SBQMI technical staff members for cleanroom customers.
– Oversees user conduct in the cleanroom and informs supervisors of any relevant issues.
– Helps on the training of cleanroom users by delivering inductions and training sessions for certain processes and equipment, as required, following guidance by supervisors.
– Offers time, skills and expertise to other SBQMI labs, on occasions and as instructed by supervisors and the Director, Nanofabrication Facilities.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under minimal supervision where possible. Reports to Director, Nanofabrication Facilities, who determines the broad direction and operational requirements of the role, and who may also offer training and guidance. Position also receives more specific supervision and guidance from the Research Associate, Microfabrication, and the Electron-Beam Lithography & Process Engineer, who will be acting under delegated authority in this respect.

The role holder will typically meet weekly with supervisor(s) for planning the tasks for the week ahead.

QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from a technical college or institute or completion of a recognized apprenticeship. A university degree, BSc in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or similar discipline would be an asset. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Qualifications:
– Computer skills, including use of office suites and web apps
– Hands-on skills and experience in using manual and power tools
– Proven awareness of safe work practices
– Demonstrated ability to creatively solve engineering problems

Desirable Qualifications:
– Experience in a scientific research environment
– Knowledge of and experience in vacuum systems
– Previous experience of working in cleanroom environment
– Knowledge of / experience in any/all electrical, electronics, mechanical, plumbing, compressed-gas (including refrigeration) work
– Lab instrumentation/equipment fault finding and fault diagnosis skills

Apply online at www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/27513

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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Fax: 604.822.4750