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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.

QMI Postdoctoral Fellowship

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: crystal and thin-film growth, experimentationspectroscopy, devices and applications, computational 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 can find more information about open positions at https://qmi.ubc.ca/careers/ and should contact principal investigators https://qmi.ubc.ca/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:

  1. Cover letter, including the Blusson QMI researcher(s) with whom you have discussed projects;
  2. Names of those who will provide recommendations;
  3. Curriculum Vitae, including full publication list;
  4. 1 – 2 page research proposal;
  5. 3 letters of recommendation (to be sent directly by your referees).

Candidates: submit your application materials at https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ubcfacultyjobs/details/QMI-Postdoctoral-Fellowship_JR10267

 

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

Application deadline: Please submit all application materials by November 30, 2022. (Application review will start from November 7.)

 

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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Research Associate – SEM/FIB & STEM

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) at UBC is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena involving quantum mechanics. One of its core areas of strength is research into various condensed matter systems that employ sophisticated electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.

 

The Quantum Materials Electron Microscopy Centre (QMEMC) located at UBC/QMI is a state of the art facility that supports not only quantum material research but a wide range of projects both with academia and industry. The QMEMC is seeking a PhD-level scientific researcher to support research thrusts using electron microscopy and spectroscopy to study quantum materials. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will support the Institute’s Principal Investigators in the development and operation of electron microscopy/spectroscopy facilities for the study of bulk materials exhibiting emergent quantum phenomena. The candidate will also engage in and support study of these materials using a range of complementary optical techniques

 

Under the direction of the QMEMC Director, the successful candidate will: oversee the operation of a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope / focused ion beam (SEM/FIB) instrument and an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) optimized for both atomic level imaging and high energy and momentum resolved spectroscopy; mentor a team of students and postdocs; support multiple research groups that utilize the electron microscopy/spectroscopy facilities in their investigations; coordinate and interpret measurements; publicize research findings through presentations at international conferences and prepare articles for peer-reviewed journals; and contribute to writing funding proposals that will add new capabilities to the QMEMC.

 

Blusson QMI believes 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 active partnerships with TRIUMF, the Canadian Light Source, the Max Planck Society, University of Tokyo, and many other world leading institutions.

 

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

  • A PhD in an area relevant to the research pursuits of Blusson QMI and the QMEMC;
  • At least three years postdoctoral experience in the field;
  • Well-established expertise in the use of electron and optical microscopy and spectroscopy facilities in the study of quantum materials with a range of techniques;
  • Well-established expertise in a wide range of sample characterization techniques, including the use of an SEM/FIB for preparing lamella suitable for study using electron microscopy/spectroscopy;
  • Well-established expertise in the development and operation of electron and optical microscopy and spectroscopy facilities;
  • A competitive record of publications in reputable scientific journals;
  • Demonstrated capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Experience leading research projects;
  • Experience supervising students or staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative environment where resources and expertise are shared.

 

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge through the discovery of new materials, please apply with your CV, a statement of research interests, and a covering letter.

 

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

 

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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.

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Cryogenic and Photonic Technician

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC (Blusson QMI) 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 and photonic structures built from these materials, whose device characteristics display remarkable new paradigms of operation.

 

Blusson QMI has invested heavily in acquiring and building state-of-the-art cryogenic, electronic, and spectroscopic equipment, including a cryogenic system from ColdEdge Technologies, a Bruker FT-IR spectrometer, mid infrared lasers, silicon photonic probe stations, and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors.

 

The Cryogenic and Photonic Technician is responsible for the operation and maintenance of various custom-integrated measurement tools, including but not limited to these newly acquired tools, with the aim of delivering state of the art cryo-photonic spectroscopy measurement capabilities to research groups at Blusson QMI.

 

To this end, the post holder, who should already have experience in low temperature electronics, optics, and cryogenic systems, will be responsible for the assembly, maintenance, and operation of laboratory equipment. The individual is expected to work independently, with a proactive and creative spirit and in close collaboration with colleagues, in order to deliver what is required of the role.

 

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

 

Project details:

Silicon Quantum Leap (SiQL) aims to develop the first practical, universal quantum computer. Quantum computers will be able to solve problems that remain intractable today with even the largest conventional supercomputers, and launch a new epoch of information processing technology that transcends the technical revolutions of the last half-century (computers, mobile smart phones, the Internet, etc.). SiQL is poised to vault ahead of other quantum information technology efforts because it offers the most compelling solutions to the remaining hard challenges.

 

Our novel strategy is to couple stationary spin qubits together with silicon photonic circuits. The spin qubits in silicon and the silicon photonic circuits can both be readily integrated with ordinary silicon electronic circuits and quickly scaled up by leveraging the same equipment and techniques that semiconductor manufacturers have refined to mass produce silicon circuits.

 

Organizational Status

The Cryogenic and Photonic Technician reports to Jeff Young and Lukas Chrostowski, the Principal Investigators in charge of the SiQL project.  The post holder will work independently and pro-actively, and will be often required to collaborate closely with researchers.

 

Work Performed

The Cryogenic and Photonic Technician will be responsible for building, maintaining and operating apparatus that includes the ColdEdge Stinger Cryogenic System, Bruker Vertex-80 FT-IR spectroscopy system, a home-built tunable mid-infrared laser, and several custom probe stations. The technician will maintain all the equipment and be fluent in how each component functions and integrates with the others.  They will also contribute to documentation of operation procedures and reports in relation to the equipment.

 

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 technician:

  • Follows the direction of the principal investigator in the building, setup and operation of test equipment.
  • Works on a number of different projects, that includes internal and external stakeholders.
  • Monitors the performance of equipment to ensure that these equipment remain accurate and perform to specifications.
  • Offers time, skills and expertise to other Blusson QMI labs and projects, as instructed by the principal investigator, and performs other tasks relevant to the job tasks, as required. Interacts with researchers and research partners, including discussing new projects, reporting on results, and coordinating work.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from a technical college or institute and a minimum two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Be familiar with the underlying principles of lasers, optical spectroscopies, interface electronics and cryogenic systems.
  • Computer skills, including CAD-related software
  • Experience in a research and/or research & development setting
  • Proven working knowledge and hands-on experience in prototyping and machining of test apparatus
  • Proven awareness of safe work practices
  • Lab instrumentation/equipment fault finding and fault diagnosis skills
  • Demonstrated team work qualities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven working knowledge of photonic test techniques, including but not limited to: tunable laser transmission measurements of photonic integrated circuits

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

· Job Posting number: JR6323

· Application deadline: July 4, 2022 at 11:59pm

This is a term appointment, with an expected end date of March 31, 2024.

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 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.

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Research Associate - 2D Van Der Waals Materials Laboratory

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) at UBC is seeking PhD-level scientific research staff to support activity in the fabrication and characterization of 2D van der Waals materials, as well as in coordinating and maintaining a state-of-the-art 2D materials laboratory. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will play a leadership role in Blusson QMI’s recently launched Grand Challenge program investigating Engineering Exotic Phases in Two Dimensions. The role will support Blusson QMI’s interest in a spectrum of 2D materials including graphene, BSCCO flakes, and transition metal dichalcogenides. In addition to training students and postdoctoral researchers and helping them conduct research in these directions, this role will further coordinate the research activities within the wider Grand Challenge team.

 

The Research Associate will conduct and oversee equipment building and maintenance of the laboratory, as well as coordinate with other institute members on creating specialized equipment for transporting samples between the 2D fabrication facility and our diverse experimental apparatus, including a state-of-the-art scanning tunneling microscopy lab and an angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy lab. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating research within the Grand Challenge program and collaborating with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations.  The Research Associate will work with principal investigators, technical staff, international partners, students, and other trainees, and, besides the previous focus points, also participate in the creation of scientific knowledge and writing of academic papers.

 

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 bring the following qualifications:

  • Fundamental knowledge and expertise of 2D van der Waals materials;
  • Experience with design and building of 2D material stacking facility;
  • Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics or other area relevant to the research pursuits of Blusson QMI;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research, or research and development, environment;
  • Publications in reputable scientific journals;
  • Experience mentoring students or staff;
  • Capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Ability to manage large research programs.

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

· Job Posting number: JR4959

· Application deadline: November 28, 2021 at 11:59pm

This is a term appointment, with an expected end date of August 31, 2024.

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 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.

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Purchasing Assistant

Job Description Summary

The Purchasing Assistant s primary responsibility is to understand, organize and execute various purchasing requirements that are being made on a daily basis within the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI), with regard to the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) initiative.

 

Organizational Status

The Purchasing Assistant reports to the Operations Manager and provides support to other SBQMI Principal Investigators and researchers as requested.

 

Work Performed

Procurement / Purchasing

– Uses Workday on a daily basis for procurement and purchasing tasks.

– Uses Workday to verify that speed charts are valid and have sufficient funds.
– Works closely with UBC Supply Management and with SBQMI staff/faculty to prepare specifications for purchases requiring request for proposals (RFP s).
– Works closely with vendors to ensure that quotes are Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) valid when required or to be compliant with UBC, SBQMI and funding agencies guidelines.
– Works closely with vendors to ensure that quotes are accurate and shipping/receiving contact information has been correctly entered.
– Orders equipment for members of the department, may also order supplies and consumables.
– Processes purchase order requisitions for off-campus and on-campus suppliers.
– Ensures that all appropriate back-up documentation is provided to support purchases made and received on behalf of SBQMI.
– Keeps detailed records for each purchase.
– Tracks multiple invoices for orders and liaises with finance staff to ensure invoices are authorized for payment in a timely manner.
– Reconciles departmental purchase card(s) per UBC policy, and procedures.

– Liaises with finance staff to reconcile accounts and track budgets for various for various procurement projects.
– Performs other tasks related to purchasing, as required.

Logistics

– Responsible for shipping/receiving activities including the notification of recipients when orders are received; preparing receiving reports.
– Works with couriers, customs brokers and other interested parties to ensure that items clear customs.
– Requests and schedules pick up of goods by courier/dispatch.
– Notifies vendors of incorrect shipments and broken/defective goods and obtains authorization for return and/ or replacement.
– Takes follow-up action with vendor to correct shortages, damaged or defective goods, shipping delays and back orders.
– Performs other tasks related to logistics as requested.

Equipment Inventory / Facilities and Services

– Coordinates internal charge-back systems and prepares paper work to recover costs.
– Tracks new/old equipment – keeps records of serial numbers, warranty expiration dates, warranty returns.
– Produces regular control reports as requested.
– Other tasks, as required, related to SBQMI equipment inventory and related facilities and services

 

Consequence of Error/Judgement

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 delays in experiments and research, experiments being postponed or cancelled.

 

Supervision Received

Works independently, in consultation with the Operations Manager and faculty/staff members.

 

Supervision Given

Not required to supervise.

 

Preferred Qualifications

High School graduation and Completion of one year post secondary education in a related field. 3 years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

– Advanced experience using Workday financial management systems is strongly preferred.

– Knowledge of procurement is preferred.
– Training in office procedures and practices would be an asset.
– Knowledge of university policies and procedures, as well as experience working with researchers is preferred.
– Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office products.
– Demonstrated ability to work effectively with members of staff, faculty, and senior management.
– Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
– Demonstrated ability to manage complicated purchases.
– Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
– Ability to gather, record, and organize information as well as ability to create and maintain records and filling systems.
– Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and strong attention to detail.

To Apply: https://hr.ubc.ca/careers-and-job-postings/staff-careers

Posting number: JR10047

Application closing date: October 20, 2022 at 11:59pm

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver
invites applications from outstanding candidates for two tenure-track Assistant Professor
positions in all fields of astronomy, astrophysics and physics, including but not limited to applied
physics, astronomy, astrophysics, atomic molecular and optics physics, biophysics, condensed
matter, gravitation, high energy or nuclear physics, medical physics and quantum
information/quantum computing. We encourage applications from candidates across theory,
observation, experiment, and computation. The successful candidates will create independent,
internationally recognized research programs which complement the existing strengths of the
department. The successful candidates 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. Candidates will have strong commitment to equity, diversity, and
inclusion and a commitment to creating a welcoming community where those who are
historically, persistently, or systemically marginalized are treated equitably, feel respected, and
belong.

 

The Physics and Astronomy Department is one of the largest and most scientifically diverse in
Canada. Our over 60 faculty members, and staff, 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 Gemi-ni, ALMA, CHIME, CFHT, Euclid, GBT,
HST, JWST, and VLA. Additional information on the De-partment of Physics and Astronomy
can be found at phas.ubc.ca.

 

A CV, publications list, a statement of research interests, a summary of teaching interests and
experience, and a diversity statement are required. Candidates should arrange for three letters of
reference to be submitted using Academic Jobs Online: https://phas.ubc.ca/open-positionsphysics-
astronomy

 

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 diversity statement, please describe 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. Inclusion is built
by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to
inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world. 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 2023. Review of applications will start Nov. 18, 2022 and
will continue until the position is filled.

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People of Blusson QMI

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.