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Research Assistant, Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 14302

Updated: November 30, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Physics & Astronomy in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Research Assistant. This Part-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 6 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Primary Investigator, the Research Assistant will be responsible for preparing and conducting spectroscopic experiments on long chain hydrocarbons and related materials to test the feasibility of upgrading bitumen by infrared lasers, placing orders, and in conjunction with other members of the research group maintenance of equipment and day-to-day operation of the laboratory. The successful candidate will be involved with analysis of experimental data and presentation of the results and reports.

This position will be approximately 30 hours/week, 6 days a week, Monday-Friday.

Position Description

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

  • Prepare infrared cells for IR irradiation of model molecules
  • Subject the model molecules to IR irradiation under different conditions and environments
  • Analyze the products of irradiated molecules by analytical techniques such IR, NMR, GC, etc.
  • Reviewing and summarizing the literature on related molecular systems
  • Analytical and numerical elucidation of the results and questions arising in the context of the project
  • Helping with the development of next set of experiments, which can shed light on questions related to the project
  • Assisting with the preparation of the results of the study for publication, if appropriate and presentation of the results in meetings with the sponsor. This may include writing a significant portion of the text, which will however be revised by the PI, and preparing the figures

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of Grade 12 required
  • 3-4 years of studying physics required; A bachelor degree in Physics or related field would be considered an asset
  • Good knowledge of infrared spectroscopic techniques
  • Good competence in analytical and numerical techniques
  • Capable of handling optical instruments such as different laser sources and vacuum systems
  • Basic computer skills in a Windows environment are required and familiarity with physics laboratory software is an asset
  • Strong people skills

Application Deadline: November 24, 2017

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 Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

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