University of Alberta

Research Associate


Competition No.  -    A107831542D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Using expert knowledge of low temperature, ultra high vacuum, atom-resolving, scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy, the Research Associate will extend our current knowledge of atom-scale devices built on the semiconductor surfaces. All activities will take place in consultation with and under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI).


  • Designs and conducts experiments related to the STM/AFM analyses of silicon and/or titanium dioxide surfaces
  • Conducts field ion microscopy experiments
  • Performs complete analysis of the results and prepares presentations; reports and publishes papers on the findings
  • Contributes to setting research directions and assist in establishing research methods, data evaluation protocols and standards
  • Provides internal reports and makes recommendations to the PI


  • PhD in Physics or Chemical Physics or equivalent
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant research experience after receiving their PhD in low temperature, ultra high vacuum, atom-resolving, scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy as demonstrated by their publication record
  • Publication record of atom resolving NC-AFM experiments on silicon
  • Publication record of NC-AFM experiments on titanium dioxide
  • Experience with FIM/FEM techniques to fabricate ultra-sharp metallic (e.g. tungsten) tips
  • Experience with AFM studies of graphene

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has a term of 2 years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary range of $58,210 to $72,770. 

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (3)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.