Research Associate in Scanning Probe Microscopy University of British Columbia


The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC is seeking candidates for PhD-level scientific research staff to support activity in Scanning Probe Microscopy. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will support the Institute's Principal Investigators working on research involving the design, development, and usage of a range of scanning probe instruments. 

Existing infrastructure in this group includes two 4 Kelvin low temperature AFM/STMs, an ultra-low-temperature STM integrated with an MBE, plus room temperature AFM/STM. Development is under way for a 1 Kelvin AFM/STM and a multi-probe SPM. Areas of research include transition metal oxides, chalcogenides and arsenides, graphene, single molecules, organic thin films, and other nanoscale structures.

SBQMI is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena involving quantum materials. We believe in the power of collaboration to fuel the search for creative solutions and, in addition to building a strong interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists from physics, chemistry and applied science, have established thriving partnerships with TRIUMF, the Canadian Light Source, the Max Planck Society, and many other world leading institutions.

The successful candidate will thrive in our collegial culture and will bring the following qualifications to the role:

• A PhD in an area relevant to the research pursuits of SBQMI;
• Minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral experience;
• Patents and/or publications in reputable scientific journals;
• Demonstrated capacity to pursue research independently;
• Experience mentoring students or staff.
• Well-established expertise in low-temperature, ultrahigh vacuum scanning probe microscopy (SPM), plus related techniques such as:

o quasiparticle interference measurements and/or spectroscopic imaging STM
o spin-polarized STM
o time-resolved STM and/or EPR-STM
o atomic resolution non-contact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM), e.g. via tip-functionalized imaging
o magnetic force microscopy
o instrumentation development
o dilution refrigerator STM and/or AFM
o multiprobe STM/SPM
o complementary electronic structure characterization (e.g. ARPES)
o in situ film growth (e.g. MBE, organic growth, self-assembly, surface chemistry)

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge and create world changing devices, send your CV, with a covering letter to .

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, and pension.

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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.

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