Job ID: 127635

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Simon Fraser University

  • Aug. 14, 2019
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate
  • Mechatronic Systems Engineering
  • Simon Fraser University
    Surrey, BC
  • Until filled
  • Jan. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechatronics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Electrical and/or Electronics

The Intelligent Sensing Laboratory (ISL: at Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada has an opening for a post-doctoral research associate to join our team. We have a vibrant research team that works on the development of advanced materials, micro- and nano-devices, sensor systems, and signal processing for sensors. As a member of the team, the successful applicant will mainly work with the team members that are developing highly sensitive, wideband micromachined accelerometers. ISL houses a wide array of MEMS characterization equipment. We also have access to two cleanrooms at SFU with world-class facilities for micro/nano-fabrication and characterization. The team has developed some of the highest performance accelerometers over the past few years and aims to improve on various aspects of their performance for the next-generation devices.

We are seeking a motivated, self-starting individual to join our team of researchers and engineers that collaborate on different aspects of this project. The candidate must be a hands-on experimentalist with an in-depth understanding of MEMS inertial sensors, their interface electronics, and their characterization. The candidate will be involved in different aspects of this project, spanning from the design, modelling, fabrication, integration, and testing of the devices to developing the characterization protocols, documentation of the results, and interactions with industrial partners. While the majority of the experimental work will focus on test and characterization of the devices, it is expected that the successful candidate will spend a portion of his/her time in the cleanroom helping with device fabrication. Administrative responsibilities include preparing progress reports and coordinating the efforts of the team members towards the project milestones. As a senior member of the group, the candidate is expected to take part in the training of the other team members and direct contributions to the publication of the research results.

What we offer
The successful applicant will work within a vibrant research team and is exposed to several other projects in addition to his/her own. There will be numerous opportunities for learning and contributions at different levels. As an official SFU staff member, we will offer a competitive employment package as a post-doctoral researcher. Our past team members have moved on to academic and industrial positions at leading Canadian and international institutions.

How to apply
The intended start date for the position is January 2020, but an earlier start date may be considered. The initial appointment is for one year. Employment beyond the first year will be subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Interested individuals should forward a complete CV, including the relevant expertise, list of publications, and names of three references to Dr Behraad Bahreyni (by email only to Review of the applications will start on September 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Main responsibilities:

  • Electrical and mechanical characterization of fabricated devices at their limits of performance including noise, bandwidth, and dynamic range;
  • Assistance in the development, characterization, and troubleshooting of microfabrication processes;
  • Assistance in device designs and providing feedback based on measurements and simulations;
  • Develop test and modeling protocols to ensure repeatability of methods and results;
  • Training of junior team members and coordinating their work;
  • Interface to industry partners and preparation of regular project reports.

Other responsibilities:

  • Preparation of professional presentations, reports, and publications;
  • Contribute to project administration;
  • Preparation of regular technical reports;
  • Assistance in preparation of funding applications.


  • PhD in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or a related field;
  • First-hand experience in microfabrication, from process design to implementation, characterization, and troubleshooting;
  • Familiarity with characterization of MEMS;
  • Ability to work in a cleanroom;
  • Experience on the development of interface circuits for MEMS;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).

Desired qualifications include a subset of:

  • Background on the design and testing of inertial microsensors;
  • Prior experience on MEMS packaging;
  • Prior experience in closed-loop control of MEMS;
  • Design and assembly of printed circuit boards.

  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to employment equity and welcome applications from all qualified applicants.

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Contact Information

  • Behraad Bahreyni
    Mechatronic Systems Engineering
    Simon Fraser University
    Surrey, BC

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