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Technician, Quantum Optics, Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science

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Job ID: 15359

Updated: April 28, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Physics & Astronomy in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Technician, Quantum Optics. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Technician, Quantum Optics assists the principal investigator to plan, organize, direct, control and execute the activities and operations of the Quantum Cloud Lab. The Technician Quantum Optics will assist with leading the development of a number of simultaneous projects and coordinate many aspects of the daily operation of the labs. The incumbent will participate in decisions on equipment procurement, formulating proposals and present reports and findings.
The Technician, Quantum Optics is a fixed term two-year appointment. This position is part of the AUPE Bargaining Unit. Peak periods will occur during critical project phases when data collection occurs. The incumbent is expected to travel to disseminate the project outcomes to peers. Work may occur outside of normal work hours during these periods.



Position Description

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

  • Assist the manager to develop and implement the strategic vision of the projects and research group
  • Take responsibility for successful completion of projects from the conception stage through the submission of all contract deliverables and project closure
  • Responsible for management, maintenance, or control of a specialized area
  • Design, develop and build complex setups and processes in the lab
  • Operate and maintain instruments, and troubleshoot complex problems in the lab
  • Provide advice and guidance to students, interns and other lab personnel
  • Recommend and implement changes to methods, procedures, and practices
  • Write and implement technical documentation for hardware, software and procedures
  • Represent group at national and international meetings, conferences, and seminars
  • Manage own time effectively and ensure immediate manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work
  • Work with minimal supervision and direction from the PI to determine own priorities and deadlines consistent with project timeline
  • Train, mentor, and supervise other staff, students, and faculty in the design and operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Establish and maintain effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community
  • Demonstrate strong communication and team skills
  • Exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Oversee reliable and safe operation of all laboratory space and equipment for various users
  • Extensive understanding, continued learning and development of safety codes, standards, and systems related to specialization
  • Understand and comply with the requirements of the University's Occupational Health and Safety Policy, including applicable Faculty/Departmental/Unit specific health and safety policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all work conducted is in accordance with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code and other health and safety legislation as applicable

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics, graduate degree an asset
  • 3 to 5 years related technical experience
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments
  • Experience with optical systems and single-photon optics
  • Experience with quantum information concepts and experimental setups
  • Experience with instrument control and data analysis software
  • Experience in assembly and testing of complex optical setups
  • Ability to perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of complex optical and electronic systems
  • Ability to provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Extensive knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures and techniques
  • Understanding of safety codes and standards
  • Operate and maintain complex technical equipment
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written communication skills

Application Deadline:  April 27, 2018

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 II.

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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