Microwave Technician - Silicon Quantum Technology Lab

Simon Fraser University - Department of Physics
Burnaby, British Columbia
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  • Job Type
    Employee, Contract, Temp
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The Silicon Quantum Technology group (http://www.sfu.ca/physics/siliconquantum/), based at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus, has an immediate opening for a Microwave Technician.

The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to design, purchase components and test equipment for, assemble, build, code, and maintain a combination EPR/ENDOR spectrometer to be used by the Silicon Quantum Technology group to perform their research. This spectrometer will be used to apply advanced CW and pulse sequences to samples often held at cryogenic temperatures and in concert with external equipment such as pulsed and/or CW optical and electrical signals. The data resulting from these experiments may be in the form of traditional EPR measurements or other signals such as electrical or optical measurements. Home-built or customized open-source software will be constructed to coordinate the delivery of these sequences and capture the resulting data, and this software will have an intuitive user interface, with live and saved data display options, and it will organize data for later retrieval.

This is full-time, grant-funded position for an initial contract period of one year, renewable for an additional three years, at a starting salary rate of $69K CAD p.a. plus benefits (https://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/other/research-personnel-benefit-plan.html). This position will report directly to the project PI.

Applicants should send their application to s.simmons [@] sfu.ca including a cover letter, CV, and the contact details of at least two references. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Our group is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, we will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek to join our group; and treat all group members equitably. Thus, candidates that belong to underrepresented groups in Physics and Engineering are particularly welcome to apply.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


The position’s qualifications are as follows:

Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Physics or Engineering with courses or formal training in microwave (MW), radio-frequency (RF) and DC electronics/electrical technology, computing systems and programming, mechanical systems, and the use of machine tools and related equipment. 
  • 4 years related experience.

Technical Skills & Knowledge

  • Thorough knowledge of pulsed and CW high-frequency (microwave and radio frequency) electrical circuits, components, and test equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of CW/pulsed EPR and CW/pulsed NMR techniques and the identification and resolution of equipment-related errors and imperfections.
  • Thorough knowledge of preventative maintenance techniques for electrical, electronic and mechanical systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of WorkSafeBC and WHMIS safety guidelines.
  • Good mathematical skill including basic trigonometry and the ability to perform basic calculations relevant to code development and MW, RF and DC electrical circuits.
  • Good knowledge of microwave amplifiers and magnet power supplies and their safe operation and maintenance. 
  • Good knowledge of the design and maintenance of cryogenic-compatible combination EPR/ENDOR resonators
  • Good knowledge of programming languages and production-level software development (e.g. Github, Python, C++, Visual Basic, LabVIEW, Matlab etc.).
  • Ability to set up, test and perform measurements using a wide variety of electronic and mechanical systems and electronic test equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, digital multi-meters, data loggers etc.).
  • Ability to design, fabricate with high precision, and maintain electronic equipment frequently used in physics research.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools (common to the electronics trade) with fine precision.
  • Ability to operate common research equipment (e.g. vacuum pumps, lasers, resistive and superconducting magnets, and liquid cryogen storage & transfer equipment) to industry standards.
  • Ability to train students, faculty and researchers in the operation of MW, RF and DC equipment and safety standards for EPR/ENDOR experiments.
  • Ability to install, operate and troubleshoot hardware and software systems.
  • Ability to use data acquisition and computer aided design software (e.g. LabVIEW, CAD, COMSOL) at an intermediate level.
  • Ability to prepare technical documentation describing the operation, configuration and maintenance of specific experimental equipment and systems.
  • Ability to learn and build upon technical skills listed above as needed

Personal Abilities & Attributes

  • Ability to exercise mature judgement and initiative, work independently and meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills.

Other Requirements

  • Ability to lift, move or carry heavy equipment weighing up to 30 kg.


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Microwave Technician - Silicon Quantum Technology Lab

Simon Fraser University - Department of Physics
Burnaby, British Columbia

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