Job ID: 133268

Research Associate

University of British Columbia

  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Research Associate
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, BC
  • Dec. 10, 2019
  • Jan. 1, 2020
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Computer Engineering
    Electrical and/or Electronics

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, is accepting applications for a Research Associate (RA) position to work with industry partners and university researchers to carry out the research program on silicon photonic circuits and systems. The candidate will be responsible for championing the various industrial partner interactions and associated research projects, including managing and overseeing the design and experimental program. The candidate will also be responsible for research development, technical analysis and reporting of NSERC research projects.

Reporting directly to Professor Lukas Chrostowski, the Principal Investigator (PI) on the research project, the Research Associate will be based in the UBC Silicon Photonics Research Group. It is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research group with specialized laboratories and offices for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates and faculty who conduct research for the benefit of the current and future silicon photonics and CMOS industry. The group serves to bring together faculty and student researchers to work collaboratively with the industry and government agencies. The Research Associate works closely with researchers in carrying out a research and experimental plan in the program, coordinates and liaises between multiple industrial partners and research projects. For more information about the group, please visit <>.

The work performed by the RA will be to: 1) manage partnership development with new and existing industry partners and manages relations with these partners, 2) champion all industry and university interactions such as conference calls and meetings, 3) manage the execution of each project in the research program including identifying key deliverables and ensuring their completion, organizing bi-weekly meetings with university members of the research program, and taking responsibility for the technical analysis and reporting of each industry interaction, 4) conduct research on silicon photonics and CMOS circuits and systems, 5) write scientific papers on research experiments and present results, 6) collaborate with technicians and graduate students to operate and maintain experimental systems, conduct pilot experimental trials, and provide guidance in analyzing experimental data and preparing reports, and 7) perform other related duties as required.

Consequences of Error
Work is reviewed against task and project objectives. Errors in judgment or decision making may have a negative impact on project success and the Faculty’s relationships with industry partners.

Supervision Received
Works independently under the general supervision of Professor Lukas Chrostowski. Planning and development is conducted in collaboration with researchers and industry partners.

Supervision Given
Candidate will provide supervision of students, assistants and technicians.

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience in student supervision, conducting research and publishing top-tier papers is a requirement. Strong research skills required. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Salary is commensurate with the experience and seniority of the candidate and is based on the UBC scale for Research Associates per annum plus benefits

The anticipated start date for the position is January 1, 2020 or a mutually agreed date.  This is a one-year term.  Extension beyond one year is dependent on securing additional research funds.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and the names and email addresses of two referees by December 10, 2019 at the latest.

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  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, BC

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