Employment

At SBQMI we are interdisciplinary and collaborative. Our members are theorists, experimentalists and device development experts from a variety of disciplines - physics, chemistry and electrical engineering.

We know that equity and diversity amongst our students, staff and faculty are essential to a lively learning environment where differing ideas and perspectives are given voice.  We believe that this is the foundation of creativity and problem-solving.

If you share this exciting vision and thrive in a collegial culture, please review the postings below to see if we currently have an opportunity that matches your skills and experience.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN QUANTUM SIMULATION OF QUANTUM MATTER

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC is seeking PhD-level scientific research staff to support activity in the investigation of quantum computing venues to simulate quantum matter phenomena. Relevant phenomena include quantum magnetism, spin-liquids and frustration, superconductivity, and the Kondo effect. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will play a leadership role in SBQMI’s recently launched Grand Challenge Pushing the Boundaries of NISQ-era Quantum Computing with a Focus on Materials. The role will support SBQMI’s interest in developing materials-by-design by pursuing modern computational venues using available quantum hardware. The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigators and other researchers to exploit existing public available quantum computers to develop and improve quantum algorithms of relevance for materials-related problems in gate-based, annealing, measurement-based, and continuum-states architectures.

The Research Associate will identify and conduct research projects that extend SBQMI’s expertise in the study of quantum computing; contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals; train and mentor SBQMI students and postdoctoral fellows; be responsible to act as coordinator for quantum hardware operation and algorithm development, provide direct supervision of students, 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 engineering, have established strong and active partnerships with TRIUMF, the Canadian Light Source, the Max Planck Society, and many other world leading institutions.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will thrive in our collegial culture and will have the following qualifications:

  • Fundamental knowledge of quantum magnetism, in particular spin-liquids and valence-bond states
  • Experience with diverse quantum-materials simulation methods, including exact diagonalization, hierarchical mean-field theory, and quantum Monte-Carlo
  • Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics; 
  • Minimum of 4 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.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge and create world changing devices, please apply to https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs

Job Posting number: JR1845

Application deadline is 11:59pm on May 11, 2021. Your application should include a cover letter, CV, a research proposal and 2 letters of recommendation.

This is a two-year term appointment, with an expected end date of August 31, 2023. Further extensions may be possible.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, professional development and pension.

For more information about the Grand Challenge: https://qmi.ubc.ca/disorder-and-entropy-design-principles

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.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: MAX PLANCK-UBC-UTOKYO

The Center
The Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Center for Quantum Materials is a collaborative venture between the Max Planck Society (Germany), the University of British Columbia (Canada), and the University of Tokyo (Japan) featuring internationally leading scientists and extensive infrastructure for research in quantum materials. This partnership supports collaborative projects, scholarly exchanges, annual workshops, and joint schools for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The projects
The Center is now actively recruiting Postdoctoral Research Fellows for 2-3 years. The starting date is flexible. For a list of current projects see
http://www.fkf.mpg.de/4375996/10_Projects

Your profile
Successful applicants will be outstanding and highly motivated scientists with a strong background in physics or chemistry. Strong publications on quantum materials and enthusiasm for collaborative research are expected.

Application
Interested candidates should send their complete application to the following email address
mp-ubc-ut@fkf.mpg.de
The application must contain a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a research statement. In addition, candidates should arrange for two reference letters to be sent directly to the same address.

Questions concerning the application procedure can be addressed to
Prof. Dirk Manske, Scientific Coordinator
d.manske@fkf.mpg.de

The deadline for applications is Friday,
April 30th, 2021.

The Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Center for Quantum Materials is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Center seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

RESEARCH ENGINEER – VACUUM

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC (SBQMI) 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 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 SBQMI staff and trainees in building and assembling infrastructure, and will assist them in 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 SBQMI 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;
  • Understand researchers’ projects and systematically work to create the necessary systems;
  • Take a 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 SBQMI technical design team;
  • Ultrasonic cleaning and assembly of UHV vacuum systems, may also include pumps, valves, gauges, detectors and sensors;
  • 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;
  • Other tasks as requested

General

  • Work closely with vendors, suppliers, and contractors in general and 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;
  • Maintain a clean and safe working area, adhere to all safety procedures and rules;
  • Work closely and effectively with research groups and other members of the SBQMI community;
  • Other tasks as requested

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 agencies;
  • Other tasks as requested
     

Minimum Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science. Minimum of one year of related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Related experience working with UHV systems
  • Demonstrated proficiency with AutoDesk Inventor and UHV design
  • Working knowledge in safe use of power tools and hand tools
  • Knowledge in use of computer programs such as MS Word and Excel
  • Knowledge in Autodesk Inventor is essential
  • Good verbal, writing and communication skills

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

Job Posting number: JR1626

Application deadline: April 21, 2021 at 11:59pm

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

Compensation range: $4,964.42 - $7,151.50 CAD monthly

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.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – CRYSTAL GROWTH

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at UBC is seeking a PhD-level scientific researcher to support a renewed research thrust in single crystal growth and characterization of quantum materials. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will support the Institute’s Principal Investigators in the design and crystal growth of bulk materials exhibiting emerging quantum phenomena. The candidate will also study the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of these materials using a range of techniques, as a complement to existing expertise.

Under the direction of the Principal Investigators working on this project, the successful candidate will: oversee the operation of a state-of-the-art floating zone crystal growth lab; mentor a team of students and postdocs; through crystal growth, support multiple research groups that specialize in neutron scattering, scanning probe microscopy, ARPES, and optical investigations; coordinate and interpret measurements; publicize research findings through presentations at international conferences and preparing articles for peer-reviewed journals; and contribute to writing funding proposals that will add new capabilities to the crystal growth facility.

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 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 SBQMI;
  • At least three years postdoctoral experience in the field;
  • Well-established expertise in the crystal growth of quantum materials with a range of techniques that includes floating zone crystal growth;
  • Well-established expertise in a wide range of sample characterization techniques;
  • 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 at: https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs

Job Posting number: JR1339

Application deadline: March 28, 2021 at 11:59pm

This is a 3-year term appointment, with an expected end date of August 31, 2024.

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.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: PHOTONIC BIOSENSING

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) at the University of British Columbia is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral candidates. The applicant who accepts this post will join our multidisciplinary team working to develop a portable biosensor built from state-of-the-art silicon photonics technology. The multiplexed architecture of our biosensor will allow simultaneous detection of different biomarkers.

Job Description 

The position is for a post-doctoral researcher who will work closely with the principal investigators of the biosensing project and the photonic integration project. The successful applicant may be involved in investigating the use of electrowetting on dielectric digital microfluidics for the sensor platform. The successful applicant may also be involved in designing assays, running experiments, microfabrication, prototyping, building instrumentation, data analysis, communicating with the team, training students, and writing manuscripts and grant applications.

This multidisciplinary team consists of Principal Investigators Prof. Karen Cheung, Prof. Lukas Chrostowski, and Prof Sudip Shekhar. Prof Cheung brings microfluidics and biomedical device expertise and oversees microfluidic delivery and assay development. Prof. Chrostowski brings lasers and silicon photonics expertise and oversees photonic device design and laser integration. Prof. Shekhar brings electronics expertise, and oversees the readout, detection, and signal processing electronics.

Candidates must have a PhD (granted in the last 5 years) in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, or a related discipline. Strong written and oral English communication skills are required. Experience working in teams is strongly desired. Experience with digital microfluidics, evanescent field sensors (silicon photonics or surface plasmon sensors), immunoassay development, and/or point-of-care microdevice design and operation is an asset. The applicant should be a self-driven leader and highly motivated researcher with an established track record as demonstrated through journal publications and top tier conference papers and presentations.

Experience desired:

  • Fluent with Python, Matlab, and/or similar programming languages
  • Experience with Photonic Integrated Circuit design software such as KLayout or similar programs.
  • Experience with the Ansys Lumerical Design Suite or similar simulation software.
  • Experience in designing digital microfluidic systems
  • Experience with immunoassay development
  • Experience performing opto-electrical testing for biosensor applications
  • Knowledge of programming software drivers to control hardware.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Doctorate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline
  • Graduating thesis in the field of silicon photonics, biomedical engineering, digital microfluidics, or a relevant topic.

Salary: CAD$55,000 per year plus mandatory employment related benefits. The position is available immediately.

To apply, please provide the following: a one-page letter of intent which includes a statement of your research interest, a detailed curriculum vitae, a PDF copy or a link to one of your recent and related peer-reviewed publications, and the names of three references.

Complete application packages should be directed to:

Professor Karen Cheung
Email: kcheung@ece.ubc.ca
Subject Line: Postdoctoral Fellow, Photonic Biosensing

HOW TO APPLY?

Applicants should send enquiries by email and refer to reference number PDFO-54651.

Desired start date: 15 Feb 2021
Duration: Fixed term / Temporary
Contract Type: Full Time

Application deadline: 31 Jan 2021

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.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: GRAND CHALLENGES

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) at the University of British Columbia is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral candidates with expertise in the following areas: materials growth, experimentation, devices and applications, computational modelling, or theory to join its multi-disciplinary team of physicists, chemists, and engineers.

Internationally recognized for its research and discoveries in quantum materials, quantum information, and quantum devices, QMI has set its research trajectory on 3 Grand Challenges:

  • Disorder and Entropy as Design Principles of New Functional Materials
  • Pushing the Boundaries Of NISQ-Era Quantum Computing with Focus on Quantum Materials
  • Engineering Exotic Phases in 2-Dimensional Materials

While conducting research in one or more of these core programs, successful candidates will collaborate with such world leading institutions as the Canadian Light Source, TRIUMF, the Max Planck Society, and 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 information about the Grand Challenges at https://qmi.ubc.ca/grand-challenges and 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:

  • Brief cover letter, including the 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 at www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/38345

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

Application deadline: All materials (including reference letters) must be received by October 30, 2020 to ensure full consideration. Interviews with applicants who best meet our criteria will be held via Zoom soon after.

We thank all applicants for their interest.

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 ASSOCIATE IN MESOSCOPIC AND NANOSCALE THERMAL TRANSPORT PHENOMENA

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC is seeking PhD-level scientific research staff to support activity in the investigation of thermal transport phenomena. Relevant effects include the transfer of phonons, photons, and electrons, and particular emphasis is placed on exploiting low-dimensionality and quantum confinement in nanostructures. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will play a leadership role in SBQMI’s recently launched Grand Challenge investigating Disorder as a Design Principle of New Functional Materials. The role will therefore not only support SBQMI’s interest in studying energy transfer, but also connect to a range of experimental techniques suited to the growth of the relevant materials, such as molecular beam epitaxy and pulsed laser deposition, while also coordinating activities within the wider Grand Challenge team. The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigators and other researchers to exploit existing characterization systems based on vacuum, optics, and electronic instrumentation, as well as further develop the capabilities of this infrastructure and new experimental techniques.

The successful candidate will conduct research projects that extend SBQMI’s expertise in the study of thermal transport phenomena; contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals; train and mentor SBQMI students; act as coordinator for material synthesis and characterization efforts; and collaborate with other national and international academic institutions, and 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 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 mesoscopic and nanoscale thermal transport phenomena;
  • Experience with advanced thermal and optical characterization systems;
  • Ph.D. 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;
  • Publications in reputable scientific journals;
  • Experience mentoring students or staff;
  • Capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Ability to manage large research programs.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge and create world changing devices, submit an application through www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/38435. Application closing date is October 30, 2020

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

The Grand Challenge project is also recruiting for Postdoctoral Researcher positions. For more information about these positions and about the Grand Challenge, see:

https://qmi.ubc.ca/disorder-and-entropy-design-principles

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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 of Canada will be given priority.