search jobs | candidates desktop | who's hiring help | Français

candidate > job search > job search results > job details

job details

University of British Columbia, Quantum Matter Institute

Research Technician - Thin Film Growth

Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver

26064 RT TFG-1504498

Job Description

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at the University of British Columbia 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 the use of thin film growth techniques to develop functional materials for applications in a wide range of fields such as clean energy, electronic and photonic devices, and sensing.

This position provides research support for multidisciplinary scientific projects by performing regular thin film deposition experiments utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.  The Research Technician Thin Film Growth (RT-TFG) will primarily support the Berlinguette group (Chemistry), in addition to research groups in a variety of disciplines requiring film-growth expertise. They will work with researchers to determine the appropriate techniques and experimental conditions to deliver research-quality materials.  Working with a variety of research groups at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, the position will span work on a variety of differing substrates, scales, and film materials.

The RT-TFG will also contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals, mentoring SBQMI students, and collaborating with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations.  Other activities include attending conferences and workshops to gather and disseminate knowledge of advances in thin film research and participation in writing and submission of grants to fund research activities.


The Research Technician, Thin Film Growth reports to the SBQMI Operations Manager and the Principle Investigator conducting research into thin film growth. Also provides support to other SBQMI Principle Investigators as requested.  The RT-TFG will work directly with researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and will have no supervisory duties.


Conduct research and experimentation to develop appropriate protocols for deposition and achieve explicit scientific targets as defined by relevant researchers; 

Perform thin-film growth experiments utilizing standard research techniques, including:

    • atomic layer deposition instrumentation;

    • sputtering instrumentation;

    • novel photo-decomposition methods; and,

    • solution-deposition methods utilizing a materials printer.

      Contribute significantly to:

    • Equipment & instrument maintenance;

    • Characterization of thin film products; and/or,

    • Development of new deposition precursors for atomic layer deposition and/or materials printing.

      Assist in contributing to and maintaining digital repositories of information under the guidance of research teams;

      Maintain records of research activities and outcomes;

      Prepare and write reports pertinent to experiments, as requested by the supervisor and/or senior researchers.

      Participate on relevant committees such as those determining project and space requirements, new projects, and redevelopment of existing space.

      Ensure that equipment and laboratories used in the course of experiments are well maintained and the processes and procedures related to use of space and/or equipment are followed.

      Provide scientific advice and mentoring to students;

      Attend relevant conferences and workshops to gather new knowledge and/or to present results of SBQMI research.


      Works under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator leading research in thin film growth, and in consultation with faculty members. Is called upon to use unique and highly advanced technical knowledge to resolve complex scientific and technical problems that have not been previously encountered and do not have established methods, principles or guidelines to follow for resolution - develops these as necessary and documents the process.


      Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or graduation from a technical college or institute. Undergraduate degree in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemistry or a related field

      Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

      Demonstrated hands-on proficiency with Atomic Layer deposition
      Demonstrated ability to develop novel, high-quality thin film materials
      Experience with other film deposition techniques such as sputtering, photo-deposition, and solution deposition
      Experience with maintaining facilities and equipment
      Experience with lithography techniques
      Experience with analysis techniques such as powder X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy would be an asset
      Demonstrated skills utilizing Microsoft Office; Google Docs; iWork, or similar.


      Please apply online at

      Salary range is $42,634 (minimum) - $50,355 annually. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, professional development funding 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.

Contact Information

University of British Columbia, Quantum Matter Institute
Posting Date: 02-Apr-2017Science and Research Contract, Full-Time 60.00  Months$42,634 - $50,355/yr 103-Jul-2017
Share this Job

Email addresses won't be used for marketing purposes, they will only be used for sending this opportunity.