University of British Columbia

Job Description

Staff – Non-Union

Job Category


Job Profile

AAPS Salaried – Scientific Eng., Level B

Job Title

Research Engineer


Research | A.Poursartip | Department of Materials Engineering | Faculty of Applied Science

Compensation Range

$5,468.83 – $7,878.17 CAD Monthly

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Posting End Date

June 16, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.
Job End Date

Jun 30, 2024

Job Description Summary

Research Engineer for the Composites Research Network (CRN) in the Department of Materials Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science.

Research Engineer is responsible for contributing to experiments, which will translate into Knowledge in Practice Documents for the CRN. The Engineer will be responsible for designing experimental techniques, coordinating small-scale manufacturing and/or design projects, and maintenance of laboratory and specialized analytical equipment.

The Engineer will be part of a group of engineers at one of 7 CRN research nodes and will be required to work cooperatively with the other node engineers to generate a library of Knowledge in Practice Documents for the CRN. The job will involve working with the group to set experimental goals, design manufacturing and/or design processes, conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and write reports.

The Research Engineer will also be responsible for the training of students in appropriate procedures and the safe use of equipment.

Organizational Status

The position reports to the Director, Dr. Anoush Poursartip,

Work Performed

The Engineer will be involved in a number of projects simultaneously, and compile the data from these projects into Knowledge in Practice Documents. The node within which the Engineer works will be assigned specific deliverables and the Engineer will be expected to meet strict deadlines for completing different phases of the project. The Engineer will be responsible for conducting experiments, collating and analyzing data; providing technical assistance and advice to other members of the CRN, including engineers, research associates, and students.

The Engineer will:

  • Develop and implement new research activities in the areas of out-of-autoclave (OOA) composite materials processing
  • Perform experiments, and develop analytical and numerical models to characterize OOA composite material properties and behavior
  • Design and assemble experimental test apparatuses
  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of technical staff and co-op students as needed
  • Participate in progress review meetings, and prepare technical presentations or papers at national and international conferences

The Engineer will be responsible for training assistants (undergraduate and graduate students and technicians) for participation in selected projects. Training to be given includes orientation to key equipment, analytical procedures, analysis of experimental data, safe disposal of waste products from experimentation, teamwork, etc.

From time to time, the engineer will be required to perform other related duties.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Industrial research projects require the successful collection of data from the experiments. Errors in project execution will adversely impact the project schedule and the utility of the results reported. Accumulated errors will affect the reputation of the CRN and adversely impact future funding for the Network.

Supervision Received

The Engineer will work as part of one or more teams led by a Research Associate and under the general direction of the Director and Technical Director. Knowledge of Practice Documents is subject to general review before completion.

Supervision Given

May provide guidance and direction to students in carrying out experiments or constructing equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science.Graduate degree with skills in setting up experimental equipment, managing experiments, and data collection and analysis preferred.

Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.Familiarity with composites manufacturing and/or design methods and computer skills (e.g., modeling, spreadsheet, and word processing).

Responsible for reviewing the experimental data and determining their validity thereof.

Ability to compile literature data, design experiments, and analyze experimental data.

A proven ability to communicate technical results and analysis in oral and written form is required. Effective oral and written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.


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