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Job ID: 127987

University of Waterloo

Date Posted Aug. 22, 2019
University University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Department Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Application Deadline Sept 30th, 2019 or until position is filled
Position Start Date February 2020 (negotiable) or when position is filled
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Material/Metallurgy

The Functional Nanomaterials Group focuses on the development of nanomaterials for a variety of devices, including photovoltaic solar cells and sensors. Materials of interest include nanostructured metal oxides, metal halide perovskites, and 2D materials. Particular emphasis is placed on developing scalable manufacturing processes for nanomaterials, including new spatial atomic layer deposition techniques. This project will focus on the implementation of developed materials in metal halide perovskite solar cells.

The Functional Nanomaterials Group is located within the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and makes extensive use of state-of-the art nanotechnology facilities at the University of Waterloo, including the Giga-to-Nanoelectronics Centre, the Quantum-Nano Centre, and the Waterloo Advanced Technology Laboratory. Located in southwestern Ontario, the University of Waterloo has been ranked the most innovative university in Canada more than 20 years in a row.

A Research Associate is sought for the above project, for a one-year contract. The ideal candidate is a highly self-motivated individual with a strong experimental background in semiconductor device physics and thin films. The Research Associate will be responsible for fabricating and/or characterizing thin films made by spatial atomic layer deposition, fabricating and characterizing perovskite photovoltaics, developing experimental procedures and equipment, assisting in the supervision of graduate students, disseminating research results through journal publications and conferences, and assisting with laboratory management.

START DATE: February 2020 (negotiable) or when position is filled
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Sept 30th, 2019 or until position is filled
SALARY RANGE: 45,000-53,000 CAD (subject to qualifications)
BENEFITS: Extended health insurance, Group life insurance, one month vacation (for more details see:…)
LOCATION: Engineering 5 building, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W, N2L 3G1, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or a related field, with strong background in solid-state physics and chemistry
  • More than two years of experience in the fabrication and characterization of metal halide perovskite photovoltaics
  • Direct experience working with spatial atomic layer deposition and/or materials produced by spatial atomic layer deposition

Desired qualifications and experience:

  • Thin film characterization
  • Other photovoltaic technologies
  • Experimental design
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills preferred; among non-native English speakers, preference will be given to candidates with an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher across all areas, (equivalent TOEFL score of 100 or higher; Canadian Language Benchmark of 10 or higher).

Interested candidates should email the following to

  • A brief cover letter stating your research interests and how you satisfy the required qualifications
  • A curriculum vitae, listing three academic and/or professional references

Further details:
Hiring contact: Prof. Kevin Musselman,
Company operating name: University of Waterloo
Address: Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W, N2L 3G1, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Group website:
University of Waterloo Postdoctoral Office:

  • The University of Waterloo regards diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. As such, we encourage applications from women, First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, persons with disabilities, members of diverse gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. At Waterloo, you will have the opportunity to work across disciplines and collaborate with an international community of scholars and a diverse student body, situated in a rapidly growing community that has been termed a "hub of innovation".

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Contact Information

  • Kevin Musselman
    Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
    University of Waterloo
    200 University Ave. West
    Waterloo, ON N2L3G1


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