Schedule 35 Hours Per Week
Education Level Master's degree in Engineering in a relevant field of study.
Career Level 2 years of relevant experience.
The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) provides world-class electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to Canadian researchers and industry working in a broad range of fields. Our vision is to be one of the leading electron microscopy facilities in the world for the quality of the scientific research, to be the go-to provider of electron microscopy services to Canadian industry and to play a leading role in promoting interactions amongst researchers in various fields nationally and internationally.
The CCEM is seeking a NION microscope operator to join CCEM's research staff team. The Nion operator will be responsible for operations, trouble shooting and data acqusition of CCEM's Nion Hermes UltraSTEM transmission electron microscope which will be installed in early 2021. The position requires in-depth knowledge in the science and practical operation of the instrument, knowledge of the physics of monochromated low-loss electron energy loss spectroscopy as well as a strong background in data processing and hardware scripting using Python. Additionally, excellent skills in communicating and working collaboratively with team members and partners are required.
This position reports to the Facilities Manager of the CCEM.
The Research Engineer (III) is responsible for providing specialized, highly-advanced, engineering services in a specific engineering field or discipline to design, develop, and coordinate research or contract projects. Provides significant technical depth and expertise.
Purpose and Key Functions:
- Design, fabricate, and assemble equipment and instruments that require the identification, modification, and adaptation of novel engineering techniques.
- Apply specialized knowledge to review, critically appraise, and interpret published literature.
- Conduct standardized research experiments using specialized equipment and instruments.
- Identify, analyze, and solve new, unique, and complex problems as presented in research contracts and projects.
- Apply standardized engineering principles and methods from a specialized field or discipline to solve problems.
- Collect, evaluate, and analyze data.
- Identify, recommend, and incorporate new approaches and methodologies into research.
- Write sections of scientific reports and papers for inclusion in journal publications and contract reports.
- Format and summarize data and write technical reports based on research findings.
- Develop and deliver technical presentations to engineering colleagues, industry, and contract agencies.
- Provide leadership for a research project or contract by defining and coordinating resource needs, determining priorities to achieve project goals, and setting schedules that will meet defined deadlines.
- Provide financial and resource planning and tracking for research projects and contracts.
- Provide advice in a specialized field to colleagues, collaborators, and students.
- Liaise with external clients and project partners.
Master's degree in Engineering in a relevant field of study.
Requires 2 years of relevant experience.
- Participation and leadership in scientific projects
- Processing of data into scientific results
- Development of custom acquisition and processing methods using the NION API and Python
- Participate/lead publishing results in peer-reviewed journals
- Expert knowledge in operating a Nion microscope
- Acquisition and processing of monchromated electron energy loss spectroscopy data
- Ability to troubleshoot and service the microscope with help of NION support
- Keeping informed about new techniques and instrumentation
- Dealing with vendors in consistent manner
- Must be able to collaboratively work in a team and with external partners/customers
- Must be able to plan concurrent projects effectively
- Must be able to stay within the allocated resources (time, materials) for a given task
- Represents CCEM's vision and mission in a positive way to partners and customers
- Teaches operations and theory of microscopy to others
- PhD in Physics, Engineering or related fields a strong asset
- Strong track record of publications an asset
This position is initially limited to 2 years, with the possibility of renewal.
How To Apply
To apply for this job, please submit your application online.
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