Reporting to the co-directors of the Centre for NanoScience Research, the incumbent provides research support for nanomaterial characterization facilities. The position oversees operation of the facilities including performing maintenance, providing sample service measurements and instructing users on the use of a variety of specialized scientific equipment used for nanoscience research, including spectroscopy, structural/physical characterization and microscopy with emphasis on SEM/TEM. The incumbent will contribute to the on-going research projects and activities of CeNSR.

Primary responsibilities

  • Provide specialized training to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers on the use of nanomaterials characterization instrumentation.
  • Support the research activity of research teams in the CeNSR and make recommendations in the development of research protocols and data interpretation in the areas of electron microscopy, spectroscopy and structural characterization.
  • Ensure facilities are operated efficiently through good user practice and compliance. Ensure adherence to safety regulations and proper laboratory procedures. Maintain schedules and supplies. Assist in the planning of centre installations, and in modifications to existing facilities.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot instrumentation of the Centre for NanoScience research. This includes calibrations, hardware, computers and software.
  • Assist with the design of experiments, data acquisition and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Contribute to the on-going research projects and activities of the centre including method development.


  • PhD in relevant field or MSc plus two to four years of experience in nanomaterials characterization including research experience with TEM.
  • Experience with the maintenance of electron microscopy instruments is desirable.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with the operation, and maintenance of other (nano)materials characterization instrumentation would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of laboratory health/safety regulations and standards.
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English (level 4) and good technical writing skills in order to assist/instruct and to write experimental procedures, instructions and reports.
  • Strong oral communication and presentations skills for effective and clear communication with staff, faculty and students. Knowledge of spoken French is an asset.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines; meticulous attention to detail, and an ability to multi-task and to work on various projects concurrently.
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to plan and prioritize research responsibilities without detailed supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with a large array of researchers and independently.
  • Willingness to undertake any necessary training and deliver in-house training to others.
  • Physical ability to perform primary responsibilities (occasionally lift/carry/move without assistance).

The position carries a potential exposure to chemicals, X-rays, magnetic fields, lasers, cryogenic materials, and nanomaterials.

Please email your curriculum vitae with a covering letter by 30 November 2020, to the attention of Profs. John Capobianco and Christine DeWolf, Co-Directors of CeNSR (c/o

Posting Period: 12 November 2020 to 30 November 2020

Union: CARE

Contract period: 1 year (December 2020 – November 2021), renewable subject to funding

Minimum hours required: 35 hours per week 

Salary range: $26.16 to $36.22 per hour

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