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Research Associate – Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy

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    Expert Level
  • Research & Development
  • Vancouver
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  • PhD in in a related field of Physics, followed by at least one successful postdoctoral research fellowship;
  • At least 10 years of experience in progressively more senior research roles in a research and/or research and development environment related to ultrafast laser spectroscopy, photoemission spectroscopy, and nonlinear optical spectroscopy;
  • Extensive experience in studying two dimensional materials using a variety of optical spectroscopy methods;
  • Experience with the design and use of ultra-high vacuum systems;
  • Laboratory experience with fibre and solid-state laser design and operation, laser-driven photoemission spectroscopy, opto-mechanical construction and alignment/optimization;
  • Strong record of relevant highly cited publications in top-tier journals with demonstrated ability to write, edit and review scientific articles;
  • Experience identifying potential intellectual property and leading the patent writing and application process;
  • Experience instructing and mentoring students and other scientific researchers;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment with both internal and external collaborators;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and conduct independent research projects.


  • Develop and conduct new research projects, including independent research into optical properties of two dimensional materials, van der Waals heterostructures, and corresponding archetype devices.
  • Design, develop and maintain customized optical equipment for existing and new projects at Blusson QMI including time and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy effort; maintain and operate commercial ultrafast laser systems including parametric oscillators and amplifiers.
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students' research by providing instruction and coaching to help them formulate research questions, design experimental frameworks, and analyze final results. Train students to use scientific equipment.
  • Contribute to collaborative research projects and experiments; provide input as requested regarding utilizing and modifying existing equipment and acquiring new systems to meet project requirements.
  • Publish research findings in peer reviewed scientific journals; coach students in scientific writing and presentation skills and coach them in publishing their research findings.
  • Present research at relevant international conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Identify research outcomes with potential for commercial applications; lead the IPO and patent application process.
  • Organize records of research activities and outcomes; prepare reports and statistics to support Blusson QMI and UBC performance related metrics under the requirements of the university, scientific advisory board, and other funding agencies.
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The University of British Columbia is a public research university in British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1908 as the McGill University College of British Columbia, the university became independent and adopted its current name in 1915