Employment Opportunity

Posted: February 09, 2021

Silicon Quantum Technology - Research Technician

The Silicon Quantum Technology group (http://www.sfu.ca/physics/siliconquantum/), based at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus, has an immediate opening for a Research Technician.

The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to support research projects in the Silicon Quantum Technology group by designing, machining, integrating, building and maintaining equipment as required for group members to perform their research. Our work involves closed and open loop cryogenic systems, lasers and custom optics, chemical processing, high and low frequency electronics, and custom code to coordinate equipment during experiments and collect and organize data.

The position’s qualifications are as follows:

Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Physics or Engineering with courses or formal training in electronics/electrical technology, computing systems and programming, mechanical systems, chemical handling and the use of machine tools and related equipment.
  • 4 years related experience.

Technical Skills & Knowledge

  • Thorough knowledge of preventative maintenance techniques for electrical, electronic and mechanical systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of WorkSafeBC and WHMIS safety guidelines.
  • Good mathematical skill including basic trigonometry and the ability to perform basic calculations relevant to vacuum systems, basic chemical reactions, and AC and DC electrical circuits.
  • Good knowledge of the design and repair of gas handling and high vacuum systems, as well as the safety, storage, and handling of liquefied gases.
  • Good knowledge of chemical safety protocols including chemical storage, possible chemical reactions, and chemical disposal procedures.
  • Good knowledge of laser operation and safety protocols for a range of lasers including high-power, invisible, and pulsed laser sources.
  • Good knowledge of high voltage power supplies and their safe operation and maintenance.
  • Good knowledge of high-frequency (microwave and radio frequency) electrical circuits, components, and test equipment.
  • Good knowledge of programming languages and production-level software development (e.g. Github, Python, C++, Visual Basic, LabVIEW, Matlab etc.).
  • Ability to set up, test and perform measurements using a wide variety of electronic and mechanical systems and electronic test equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, digital multi-meters, data loggers etc.).
  • Ability to design, fabricate with high precision, and maintain electronic equipment frequently used in physics research.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools (common to the electronics trade) with fine precision.
  • Ability to maintain machine shop and common research equipment (e.g. vacuum pumps, lasers, resistive and superconducting magnets, furnaces and evaporators) to industry standards.
  • Ability to operate and maintain large specialized and high pressure equipment (e.g. Stokes pumps, helium recovery system)
  • Ability to train students, faculty and researchers in the operation of equipment (e.g., lathes, drills, etc.) and safety standards for experiments.
  • Ability to install, operate and troubleshoot hardware and software systems.
  • Ability to use data acquisition and computer aided design software (e.g. LabVIEW, CAD, COMSOL) at an intermediate level.
  • Ability to prepare technical documentation describing the operation, configuration and maintenance of specific experimental equipment and systems used in the research laboratories.
  • Ability to learn and build upon technical skills listed above as needed

Personal Abilities & Attributes

  • Ability to exercise mature judgement and initiative, work independently and meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills.


Other Requirements

  • Ability to lift, move or carry heavy equipment weighing up to 30 kg.


This is full-time, grant-funded position for an initial contract period of one year, renewable for an additional three years, at a starting salary rate of $69K CAD p.a. plus benefits (http://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/research.html). This position will report directly to the project PI. Applicants should send their application to s.simmons [@] sfu.ca including a cover letter, CV, and the contact details of at least two references. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Our group is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, we will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek to join our group; and treat all group members equitably. Thus, candidates that belong to underrepresented groups in Physics and Engineering are particularly welcome to apply.


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