RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL ON MATERIALS AND QUANTUM COMPONENTS IN THIN FILMS BASED ON OXIDES GENERAL INFORMATION

Under the immediate responsibility of a supervising person chosen by the members of the Institut quantique and under the hierarchical authority of the Director of the institute, the research professional supervises and accompanies the daily activities of the research group using the research infrastructures allowing the growth and characterization of epitaxial thin films based on oxides, the start-up and supervision of new measurements of physical properties in cryogenic environment on these layers, the provision of services on measuring devices, as well as the manufacturing of oxide based components at microscopic and nanoscopic scales in clean rooms and their characterization.

SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT

The Université de Sherbrooke recently launched an ambitious, forward-looking project for one of the great industrial revolutions of the 21st century: from quantum sciences to quantum technologies. To propel this initiative, the Government of Canada granted a remarkable investment of $33.5 million over seven years to the Université de Sherbrooke as part of the inaugural Apogee Canada Research Excellence Fund competition.

The research of this major initiative (through several national and international collaborations) is at the interfaces of quantum materials, quantum information and quantum engineering. From a fundamental point of view, to understand what happens to the laws of electricity, optics and mechanics when they start obeying quantum laws. But far beyond that, our team wants to take advantage of this new knowledge to develop new devices with revolutionary operating principles, which will make it possible to overcome and bypass the limits faced by conventional electronics. For example, our work on materials with ultimate dimensions could lead to flexible screens, unparalleled computational capabilities, power grids with boundless efficiency, ultra-sensitive sensors and secure telecommunications channels across the globe.

GENERAL TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. To support the daily research activities of the research group on thin films and oxide based heterostructures by participating in the development and start-up of new research projects.
  2. A particular emphasis will be put on supporting the development of new methods for the nanofabrication of oxide-based devices.
  3. Perform advanced experiments and characterization measurements on various samples and materials in the targeted laboratories, in collaboration with the researchers and students of the group and those of the Institut quantique using the research infrastructures under the supervision of Professor Fournier.
  4. Assist the professor in charge (Pr. Fournier) in the scientific activities surrounding the targeted laboratories by supporting the work of the students and collaborators.
  5. To assist researchers at all levels in the smooth running of research projects in the targeted laboratories.
  6. Optimize the availability of instruments in the targeted laboratories in order to offer services and to assist in the smooth running of ongoing experiments.
  7. To offer continuous assistance on basic manufacturing processes in clean rooms.

SPECIFIC TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. The professional sees to the proper use and operation of the equipment under the responsibility of Pr Fournier, ie :A system of advanced epitaxy by laser ablation ;
    A high-resolution X-ray diffractometer;
    A cryogenic and intense magnetic field Physical Properties Measurement System including external instrumentation that can be interfaced to it;
    A materials growth laboratory including several high-temperature furnaces.
  2. He or she follows up on requests for expert services on the above instrumentation and can perform some of the measurements involved if required;
  3. He or she ensures the training of the users of this equipment.
  4. He or she participates in the development of methods, processes and experimental protocols related to the equipment.
  5. He or she participates in the writing of articles and grant applications.
  6. He or she organizes and plans the group meetings of Prof. Fournier and associates.
  7. He or she performs any other related task that may be assigned to him/her by his/her immediate superior.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization.

REQUIREMENTS

At least 3 years of experience in the growth of thin films by laser ablation.
At least one year of experience in high-resolution X-ray diffraction characterization of thin films and data analysis involving mapping in reciprocal space.
At least 3 years of experience in the operation of physical properties measurement systems in cryogenic conditions, specifically with a Quantum Design Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS).
Experience with vacuum and other cryogenic systems.
Possess a very good knowledge of the spoken and written French and English languages.
Demonstrate rigor, autonomy, dynamism, curiosity and a good sense of organization.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrate leadership in project management.

ADVANTAGE

Knowledge of basic microfabrication methods (photolithography) would be an asset.

WORKING CONDITIONS

According to the scales of the collective labour agreement between the Université de Sherbrooke and the Association du personnel administratif et professionnel de l’Université de Sherbrooke (APAPUS), Unit “B”.

Salary Range: No. 2 (18 steps between $48,103 and $76,622)

Temporary full-time employment, 35 hours per week.

Duration of employment: 2 years.

Starting date: as soon as possible.

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