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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are critical to excellence, and Blusson QMI’s excellence manifests in research and discovery, as well as in the ability to attract and train world-class talent, from our faculty and students to our technical and administrative staff.

If you share our vision and thrive in a collegial culture, please review our Open Positions to see if we currently have an opportunity that matches your skills and experience. If you are a student seeking a potential supervisor, visit our Principal Investigators page to learn about our faculty and identify potential partnerships.

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The culture of Blusson QMI is critical to our success as an organization, and our people shape our culture in myriad ways. Read their stories, and get to know some of the People of Blusson QMI.

Current opportunities

QMI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Starting dates are flexible.

 

Internationally recognized for its research and discoveries in quantum materials, quantum information, and quantum devices, the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) at the University of British Columbia is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral candidates with expertise in the following areas: materials growthexperimentationdevices and applicationscomputational modelling, or theory of quantum- matter, information, and computing to join its multi-disciplinary team of physicists, chemists, and engineers.

 

While conducting research in one or more of our core programs, successful candidates will collaborate with such world leading institutions as the Canadian Light Source, TRIUMF, the Max Planck Society, and The University of Tokyo; write and publish articles in top-tier journals; train and mentor students and other researchers; and contribute to the translation of promising applications to industry.

 

Interested applicants should contact principal investigators aligned with their interests to discuss potential projects. Candidates must have obtained, or be close to completing, their doctoral degree, and be able to demonstrate a solid scientific background—as evidenced by publication record, letters of recommendation, and research proposal. Evidence of teamwork, strong communication skills, and ability to supervise students will also be considered.

 

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter, including the Blusson QMI researcher(s) with whom you have discussed projects;
  • Names of those who will provide recommendations;
  • Curriculum Vitae, including full publication list;
  • 1 – 2 page research proposal;
  • 3 letters of recommendation (to be sent directly by your referees).

Candidates: submit your application materials via the Apply Now button below.

 

Referees: please email letters of recommendation directly to jobs@qmi.ubc.ca

 

Application deadline: Please submit all application materials by October 31, 2021 (application review will start from October 15). 

UBC – One of the World’s Leading Universities

As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

 

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.

 

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Design and construction of a 4-probe scanning tunneling microscope

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to support ongoing activity in the design, assembly, and future operation of a 4-probe scanning tunneling microscope (STM). This 3-year postdoctoral research position will play a leadership role in Blusson QMI’s recently launched Grand Challenge investigating Engineering Exotic Phases in Two Dimensions. The role will support Blusson QMI’s interest in new materials by developing a state-of-the-art 4-probe STM capable of performing atomic-scale transport measurements in cryogenic conditions and in the presence of a magnetic field. The role will also involve coordinating activities within the wider Grand Challenge team. The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigators of the LAIR group (Sarah Burke and Douglas Bonn), international partners, and other researchers to develop this piece of equipment and work towards successful application of this technique to 2D materials.

 

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct and oversee design activities, equipment building and calibration, and operation upon construction completion; the successful candidate will contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals; help train and mentor Blusson QMI students; be responsible to act as coordinator for design and construction of the equipment and collaborate with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations.

 

The Blusson QMI 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 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 have the following qualifications:

  • Fundamental knowledge of scanning tunneling microscopy;
  • Experience with design and assembly of STM devices or similar ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation;
  • PhD in Condensed Matter Physics or other area relevant to the research pursuits of Blusson QMI and the project;
  • Publications in reputable scientific journals;
  • Experience mentoring students or staff preferred;
  • Capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Ability to manage large research projects.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge, submit an application to pedro.lopes@ubc.ca. The position is open until filled. Your application should include a cover letter with a statement of interest, CV, an equity and diversity statement, and 3 letters of recommendation.

 

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

 

For more information about SBQMI: www.qmi.ubc.ca

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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.

Research Engineer – Vacuum

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) at UBC is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena explicitly involving quantum mechanics. Research in the institute’s core interests require sophisticated Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) design. Under the direction of our principal investigators, and in support of our Grand Challenges research program, the Research Engineer will lead the design and construct novel custom-built UHV systems required to conduct our experiments. The engineer’s responsibilities will also include testing, troubleshooting and installing systems that are required for monitoring and automating. The Research Engineer will work with Blusson QMI staff and trainees in building and assembling infrastructure, and will assist them in generating solutions that meet all respective design criteria and achieving a thorough understanding of their experiments at a technical level.

 

Organizational Status

The Research Engineer will report directly to the Operations Manager. As required, will also provide support and take direction from Blusson QMI Principal Investigators whose research work involves vacuum systems, and who will rely on the Research Engineer’s expertise in this area.

 

Work Performed

UHV design and construction

– Design and construct UHV vacuum systems using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software – Autodesk Inventor mainly, may also be required to work with Solidworks;

– Take a UHV concept from design to finish and deliver a working solution;

– Solve design and assembly problems, and develop and improve assembly techniques and documentation;

– Work closely with Blusson QMI technical design team;

– Ultrasonic cleaning and assembly of UHV vacuum systems;

– Optimization and upkeep of existing fully functioning UHV systems – leak detection of equipment as required. Designing and testing, as well as logging of vacuum related data (pressure, temperature, outgassing rates) to fully characterize each UHV system;

– Careful bakeout of UHV systems; maintenance of bakeout equipment; remote monitoring of bakeout temperatures and logging such data; maintain records of system performance;

– Understand researchers’ projects and work systematically to design and develop the necessary systems;

– Other tasks as assigned by the Operations Manager

 

General

– Work closely with vendors, suppliers, and contractors in general and in obtaining specialized vacuum 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 and effectively with research groups and other members of the Blusson QMI community;

– Other tasks as assigned by the Operations Manager

 

Fostering Learning

– Provide engineering advice and mentoring to students and other researchers related to vacuum systems;

– Prepare and present UHV/HV related workshops for Blusson QMI members;

– Attend tradeshows and other technical events; visit experts, or host visitors, who can further the knowledge and research activities of Blusson QMI, including from academia, industry and government agencies;

– Other tasks as assigned by the Operations Manager

 

Minimum Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science. Minimum of three years of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

– Senior-level knowledge and experience with UHV design is essential

– Comfortable and skilled at performing UHV design work independently, without supervision

– Demonstrated proficiency with AutoDesk Inventor

– Good verbal, writing and communication skills

 

Please apply at: https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcstaffjobs

· Job Posting number: JR4531

· Application deadline: November 18, 2021 at 11:59pm

This is a term appointment, with an expected end date of August 31, 2023.

UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, professional development 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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Assistant Professor - Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, gravitation, high energy or nuclear physics, or quantum information. We encourage applications from candidates across theory, observation, experiment, and computation. The successful candidate will create an independent, internationally recognized research program which complements the existing strengths of the department. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate students, and provide service within the Department, to the University, and to the broader community. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant field, an outstanding research record, and potential for excellence in teaching.

 

The Physics and Astronomy Department is one of the largest and most scientifically diverse in Canada. Our staff and over 60 faculty members are committed to attracting and training outstanding students and conducting forefront research spanning many fields. UBC researchers have ready access to on-campus facilities such as the TRIUMF particle accelerator centre and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, and carry out research at international facilities, including SNOLAB, CERN, KEK, and LIGO. UBC astronomers are involved in major observatories and space missions including Gemini, ALMA, CHIME, CFHT, Euclid, GBT, HST, JWST, and VLA. Additional information on the Department of Physics and Astronomy can be found at phas.ubc.ca.

 

A CV, publications list, a statement of research interests, and a summary of teaching interests and experience are required, along with the diversity statement described below. Candidates should arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted using Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19598/apply.

 

UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life. In your application, please include a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body as well as your past, present and/or future contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within your discipline.

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 BC 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.

 

The preferred start date is Summer 2022. Review of applications will start Nov. 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.