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Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 22608

Updated: April 7, 2021

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 3 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position will report to the Principal Investigator, and will be involved in the development of an optical quantum sensor for use in medical applications. The Research Assistant will work closely with the Integrated Hybrid Quantum Circuits lab in the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary.

The Integrated Hybrid Quantum Circuits lab is a research group, pursuing an interdisciplinary (experimental and theoretical) research with focus on quantum optical systems, superconducting circuits, and hybrid quantum interfaces between solid-state and photonic systems. The goals of the group involve the development of quantum sensors using photons and solid-state devices as well as a quantum communication technology that is integrable with superconducting processors for building large-scale quantum networks.

Position Description

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

  • Designing new experiments and assessing the required components and equipment
  • Building experimental setups with minimal guidance
  • Performing experiments, analyzing results, and reporting progress to the senior research staff
  • Continuously improving results and experimental setup
  • Comprehensive understanding of relevant research papers and other publications
  • Planning and designing a prototype system based on experimental results
  • Performing other lab tasks as directed by the senior research staff
  • Prepare routine reports as directed by the PI
  • Attending and participating in laboratory meetings and professional development activities as directed by the senior research staff

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with experimental quantum optics
  • Must hold a MSc or PhD, with expertise in non-classical light sources, optical interferometry, free-space/fiber optics systems, and single-photon counting electronics and measurements
  • Must have experience in detailed design and implementation of complex technological systems, comprised of optical, mechanical and electronic components
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Must be providing advanced solutions in the prototype development
  • High level of effective time and project management, personal initiative, communications skills and teamwork

Application Deadline:  April 21, 2021

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.

Additional Information

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

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Sciencevisit Careers in the Faculty of Science.


About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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