Research Associate – Clean Energy

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University of British Columbia

This Research Associate position involves the design, development, and operation of self-driving labs geared towards the acceleration of materials discovery and optimization for clean energy applications.

● Lead design, development, integration, and maintenance of software architecture linking multiple robots, instruments, and remote services such as data processing and AI optimizers.
● Lead design, development, integration, and maintenance of software packages that interface with scientific instrumentation.
● Lead design, development, integration, and maintenance of software packages that interface with and control various robot arms and actuators.
● Delegate, review, and support development of above software packages by junior personnel.
● Operate self-driving labs during experiment campaigns and testing.
● Train researchers in the safe and efficient operation of self-driving labs.
● Design, review, and maintain experiment configuration files for operation of the self-driving labs.
● Consult with staff mechanical, electrical and mechatronic engineers regarding component design and integration.
● Consult with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows regarding experiment design.

● PhD in materials chemistry or similar field
● Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent experience
● 5 years’ experience developing software for self-driving labs
● 5 years’ experience with Python with demonstrated mastery
● experience with C/C++
● experience with UI/UX
● experience with North Robotics N9 series of robot arms
● experience with 6 DoF robotics
● experience with XRF, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS techniques
● Strong publication record with respect to self-driving labs and thin-film materials.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been under-represented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity and diversity throughout campus life. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an application to JR13194 on the UBC Faculty job board here: <$359069/5303$12960.htmld#TABINDEX=0&SUBTABINDEX=0&gt;. Applications must include a CV and cover letter.

All applications must be received no later than July 14, 2023.

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