The challenge

Reporting to the Principal Investigator within the Faculty of Engineering, you will plan and execute non-routine assignments of varying complexity requiring deep knowledge of related engineering or scientific theory, principles and practices. More specifically, as a Research Associate – Engineer, you will work in a lab setting on the development of prototypes in preparation for demonstrations. The working language is English. This is a contract position of approximately 12 months, with possible renewal.

Typically, as a Research Associate – Engineer, you will:

Be responsible for the design and construction of experimental setups;

Collaborate with contract-manufacturer or workshops to design and manufacture prototypes;

Select and use appropriate procedures, equipment and standards to produce required data with lab setups or prototypes;

Plan and perform complex laboratory experiments, and assist in data evaluation, interpretation and reporting;

Compile and analyze data and perform computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing and curve fitting software;

Be responsible for an independent research project, as required;

Assist in preparing grants applications for submission;

Assist in preparing documents for patent and publication; and

Train new laboratory personnel, students and collaborators.

The ideal profile

As a Research Associate – Engineer, you will ideally put to good use your:

Master’s degree or PhD (preferred) in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering plus relevant working experience

Experience in mechanical design and prototyping

Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a lab or industrial R&D setting

Strong background in Mechanical Engineering and/or membrane technologies

Strong organizational, analytical and technical / scientific oral and writing skills

Ability to coordinate workflow

Sound judgement in applying engineering and scientific principles, and predicting or preventing problems

Ability to adapt protocols as needed (within guidelines), and to work with computers (perform mathematical calculations)

Experience in using computer-aided design (CAD)

The organization

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the University of Ottawa attracts the best talent from across Canada and around the world. Research, innovation, prosperity: It starts here.

The next step

If you’re interested in this position (Job ID J0214-0676), please visit our website at and apply online, by no later than October 5, 2014.

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginals, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

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University of Ottawa

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Ottawa, Ontario



Positions For

Research Associate

Date Posted

Friday September 05, 2014