Assistant director, technical facilities
University of Waterloo 4.6139 reviews - Waterloo, ON

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Primary Purpose:

The University of Waterloo is looking for an energetic candidate to fill the position of Assistant director, technical facilities. The Assistant Director, Technical Facilities is responsible for the management and infrastructure support of the technical facilities of IQC, training of lab technologists, post-doctoral-fellows and graduate students in the use of specialized equipment, and maintenance and operation of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) facilities. The Assistant Director, Technical Facilities will also conduct research on their own and with other researchers at the Institute.
This position is contingent on funding

Key Accountabilities:

  • Ensure that the researchers at IQC have the necessary research and technical infrastructure support to be able to compete internationally, including planning and oversight of renovations of laboratory facilities, and installation and relocation of equipment.
  • Assist faculty members in the specification, planning and/or installation of hardware for research.
  • Have a working knowledge of laboratory equipment so new staff members can be trained along with the students on how to use the equipment.
  • Maintain Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) facilities at IQC
  • The qualified individual manages, operates, maintains and trains users of a high-field 700 MHz and medium-field solid-state NMR facility.
  • Troubleshooting and repair required by this facility.
  • Facility manager for David Cory, Canadian Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing. Facility incorporates seven NMR spectrometers, five ESR spectrometers, two optical experimental set-ups (Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance(ODMR)), Atomic Force Microscopy(AFM), Cryogenic Probe Station, two Dilution refrigerators, Electrically Detected Magnetic Resonance spectrometer (EDMR), Helium Recovery system, Cyrogenic Scanning Tunnelling Microscope(STM), Cryogenic Confocal system as well as oversee the operation and two technical personnel for the mechanical and electrical shop.(approximate value of equipment $12M)
  • Develop and participate in new and novel experimental devices and techniques
  • Coordinate and assist in the relocation of international researchers.
  • Organize and direct allocation of funds from the small equipment portion of the Industry Canada grant.
  • Recommend and organize when appropriate training of the personnel for new technologies.
  • Purchase major tools and equipment for the Institute, keeping updated library of technical catalogues.
  • Work closely with other University units such as Purchasing and Procurement, Financial Services, Human Resources, Plant Operations, etc., as required.
  • Provide conceptual technical expertise for large projects and set quality and safety standards for any items to be produced or procured.
  • Provide support to other staff and the director during VIP visits and special events
  • The incumbent will handle inquiries that are non-routine in nature and require independent judgment, technical expertise and quick decision-making.


Bachelor degree in the area of science or engineering. 3 years of experience in management of technical facilities and associated training as well as experience with training staff on library equipment.


We are pursuing a candidate with a Familiarity with specialized equipment related to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Electron Spin Resonance as well as Bruker spectrometers, Linux systems and Cryoprobe is an asset.

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