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Cleanroom Technical Specialist, VP Research

Job ID: 32074
Location: Main Campus
Updated June 10, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


Quantum City in the Office of VP Research invites applications for a Cleanroom Technical Specialist. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 31 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is creating a vibrant quantum economic and scientific hub based in Calgary, Quantum City is leveraging the leading quantum science and technology programs of Campus Alberta institutions and a burgeoning UCalgary innovation ecosystem.

Reporting to the Manager qLab Operations, Quantum City, the Cleanroom Specialist Technician works 35 hours per week.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing, operating, Installing, and assisting qLab users and staff with a variety of specialized tools and processes including: reactive ion etching, vapor phase etching, wet chemical etching, and cleaning (using acids, bases, and solvents), plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, lithography (optical and electron-beam), rapid thermal processing, wafer dicing, characterization, water purification systems, high-vacuum systems, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, gas cabinets, valve manifolds, gas distribution, sensor networks, abatement, life safety, and other systems.
  • Providing expertise, technical support, and training to qLab users.
  • Developing, documenting, and updating cleanroom processes in the areas of thin-film deposition, wet processing, reactive ion etching, optical and electron beam lithography, characterization, and others.
  • Assisting in managing research groups usage of the cleanroom to ensure efficiency.
  • Assisting with procurement, installation, facility readiness, and startup of new equipment.
  • Developing, documenting, implementing, and monitoring health and safety compliance in and out of the cleanroom.
  • Participating in relevant safety training. Maintaining a safe work environment and culture and reporting all concerns as they arise.
  • Engaging and interacting with vendors, suppliers, and staff to facilitate repairs efficiently and maintaining a sufficient spare parts inventory.
  • Performing toxic and non-toxic bottle replacement.
  • Assisting in administrative processes including maintaining the lab management systems, monthly billing processes, and accurate cost accounting records.
  • Providing one-on-one meetings with updates of activities, challenges, and suggestions to enhance the operational efficiency of the facility.
  • Updating staff and users promptly of service interruptions, scheduled and unscheduled downtime, and recovery status.
  • Keeping abreast of developments in nanofabrication and other applicable fields through literature, manuals, and possible attendance of conferences and workshops.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in technical instrumentation, engineering, science, or similar.
  • High degree of self-motivation and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience of the maintenance of specialized equipment with emphasis on preventative maintenance and diagnosis, electronic, and mechanical components repair.
  • Proficiency with digital document creation, editing, and management.
  • Strong mechanical inclination and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong technical writing, documenting, and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of personnel with varying levels of expertise.
  • Working within the critical environment facility mandates comprehensive safety training and the utilization of protective and cleanroom gear.
  • Responsible handling of chemicals and hazardous gases, potential exposure to moving machinery, heightened noise levels, and magnetic, explosive, and chemical hazards.
  • Necessitates the use of precision tools, demanding high dexterity, and involves activities such as standing, bending, sitting, crouching, and occasionally lifting objects weighing up to 22 kg.
  • Regularly engages in interactions and communication with laboratory users, handling demanding clients, adapting to shifting priorities, and managing multiple tasks concurrently.

Application Deadline:  July 8, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 3.

For a listing of all management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Management and Staff Careers website

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit

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