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Technician, Materials Characterization
Employment Duration Permanent Full Time
Location Burnaby
Closing Date July 3, 2018
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C.U.P.E. Local 3338
Pay range:
$2,138.40 to $2,423.53 Bi-Weekly
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Provides technical and operational support to a range of academic and industrial clients on accessing University-wide, state-of-the-art materials characterization facilities within 4D LABS. Responsible for the technical oversight of sophisticated laboratory tools used for research (e.g., transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, cryo-EM, EM sample preparation, helium ion microscopy, FIB, EDS, EELS, tomography, x-ray diffraction, XPS, atomic force microscopy, porosimetry, fuel cell testing, ICPMS); and coordinates user services for customers accessing an academic Material User Facility. Maximizes tool capability; provides one-on-one specialized and group training to researchers; and prepares documentation on standard operating procedures for equipment/tool operation, maintenance and troubleshooting. Maintains research facilities, including analytical and fabrication equipment (e.g., fabrication, advanced microscopy and spectroscopy, and laser operation) and other sophisticated research equipment.


  • Bachelor's degree in Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Biology, or related discipline.
  • 4 years minimum experience.
  • An equivalent combination of formal education, certificate/program of study and experience is acceptable.
  • Excellent knowledge of preventative maintenance techniques for chemical, electronic, and mechanical systems.
  • Excellent knowledge of WCB and WHMIS safety guidelines.
  • Excellent knowledge of materials science characterization techniques.
  • Good knowledge of applications for materials science (e.g., MEMS, fuel cells, microfluidics, sensors, semiconductor devices, etc.).
  • Good knowledge of electrical and mechanical design pertaining to scientific equipment.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and the ability to effectively facilitate and deliver presentations, tours and workshops to external groups (e.g., high school students, general public, etc.).
  • Superior communication (verbal, written and presentation) skills, and the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts and safety procedures to users.
  • Ability to articulate ideas and suggestions when providing consultation and advice to researchers.
  • Ability to complete and maintain WHMIS certification and University laboratory safety training.
  • Ability to set up, test, and perform measurements using a wide variety of scientific equipment (e.g., electron microscopes, x-ray diffractometers, etc.).
  • Ability to use a variety of basic hand and power tools.
  • Ability to provide one-on-one and group training to users in the operation of equipment (e.g., electron microscopes, x-ray diffractometers, etc.) and safety standards for experiments.
  • Ability to train and provide technical advice to users for their experiments.
  • Ability to prepare technical documentation related to the operation, configuration, and maintenance of complex and/or dangerous scientific equipment used in specialized research laboratories (i.e., 4D LABS).
  • Ability to exercise mature judgement and initiative.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, database, web content management, calendar and email applications (e.g., Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, AEM, Google Calendar, SFU Mail) at an intermediate level.
  • Ability to lift, move or carry equipment or materials up to 30 kg.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Please note: For external candidates, the starting salary is the first step of the salary range.

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