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We are looking for a Research Associate to support our Advanced Electronics and Photonics (AEP) Research Centre. The Research Associate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to support the goals of the NRC and the Advanced Electronics and Photonics (AEP) Research Centre through research and development and application of advanced integrated photonic technologies. The candidate will work in a team environment with researchers and technical experts in world-class facilities. The candidate is expected to be abreast of leading-edge research directions in integrated photonics, execute on agreed internal and clients projects aligned with the AEP Research Centre strategic plan and the High Throughput and Secure Networks (HTSN) Program, and contribute to the development of proposals for new research initiatives.
The key activities of the successful candidate, in close collaboration with AEP staff and external partners, will be:
Conceptualize, design and model advanced photonic components including optical waveguide elements such as grating and edge couplers, demultiplexers based on wavelength, mode and space demultiplexing, and ring resonators, and apply them to the specific needs and requirements of AEP’s clients and partnersby developing new approaches for both forward and inverse design leveraging machine-learning and artificial intelligence.
Create next-generation complex silicon photonic devices and new subwavelength (metamaterial) structures. The objective of the work is to develop the next generation of photonic integrated circuits that address current challenges in high capacity optical communication networks, optical Satellite communications and other applications, with particular emphasis on the development of Optical Phased Arrays for optical satellite communications.
Implement new design and simulation ideas using commercial and in-house design software and expand NRC’s photonics design and simulation capabilities. The successful candidate will be expected to interface with state-of-the-art silicon photonic fabrication technologies and be able to provide feedback to the fabrication staff to optimize fabrication for specific device applications. The candidate may also be responsible for measurement, analysis and interpretation of data on key photonic device properties.
Meet with NRC clients to establish project objectives, develop work plans, deliver on project objectives and report on project progress. In particular, this will include participation in projects with the Optical Satellite Consortium.
Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:
As part of the RA Program you must have received your Ph.D. in Physical Science or Engineering related to photonics within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.
Experience in photonic component design and modeling with emphasison the physics, material properties and fabrication of passive integrated optical devices;
Experience in modeling techniques such as eigenmode expansion methods (EME), finite difference time domain methods (FDTD), finite element method (FEM), the ability to adapt these techniques to new device concepts including two-dimensional integrated optical phased arrays, related optical circuitry and new design approaches such as inverse design;
Significant experience in scientific programming for the design and simulation of photonic devices and data analysis such as:MATLAB, Python and C;
Experience in waveguide integrated optical device characterization and testing in a research environment, particularly in the area of silicon-photonics;
Experience in working in teams with research activities including setting project objectives, scheduling, experiment design, data analysis, interpretation and reporting results in technical reports, oral presentations and journal papers.
Experience in device optimization methods and machine learning algorithms would be considered an asset.
Experience with device mask layout design and fabrication would be considered an asset.
Condition of Employment
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Ability to successfully carry out applied research on semiconductor photonics devices and integrated optics as evidenced by a record of peer reviewed publications in the field or successful photonic device development in an industrial setting.
Ability to design integrated optic devices, model their optical, optoelectronic, thermal-optical properties using commercial and in-house design, simulation software tools including eigenmode expansion methods (EME), finite difference time domain methods (FDTD) and finite-element methods (FEM).
Ability to use and adapt advanced design methods and software (including machine-learning aided methods) to design and optimize photonic devices and metamaterial structures.
Ability to measure, analyze and interpret key passive and active waveguide device performance parameters.
Knowledge of the current state-of-the-art integrated optics device technology for optical communications, including inter-satellite and satellite-to-ground optical communications.
Ability to plan, schedule and carry out tasks on client-oriented projects with milestones and delivery dates.
Knowledge of microfabrication techniques and process flows used in fabricating integrated photonic devices.
Research - Communication (Level 2)
Research - Creative thinking (Level 2)
Research - Initiative (Level 2)
Research - Results orientation (Level 2)
Research - Teamwork (Level 2)
For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research
Additional Salary Information: The Research Associate (RA) Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.
Internal Number: 10283
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