Research Scientist Position at Surface Science Western

Surface Science Western is hiring a Research Scientist!  Come work at a world leading surface science facility at Western University, a top 100 employer in Canada!

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Listed under full time positions, Research Scientist, Surface Science

Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week: 35
Salary Grade: MS1
Please note, this is a wholly grant-funded opportunity

About Western
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.

About Us
Surface Science Western (SSW) is a research and consulting laboratory specializing in the analysis and characterization of surfaces and materials. The unit functions as a self-sustaining business unit and utilizes a large array of precision instrumentation to provide support to industry and academic researchers. SSW works with 150-200 companies across North America per year.

The Research Scientist will develop and employ surface characterisation methodologies intended to increase the breadth of interactions between SSW and the automotive and general manufacturing sectors. The incumbent will work in areas such as metal alloys (metallurgy), polymeric and composite materials, coatings applied to these materials, and materials degradation processes (e.g. mechanical failure, corrosion, wear, embrittlement, etc.). The Research Scientist will carry out surface and materials characterisation and provide technical and scientific expertise to industrial and academic clients regarding data, experimental design, related equipment, as well as best approaches for project development, implementation, and evaluation. The Research Scientist will work with SSW team members and management in producing and developing business in existing and new market sectors.
- BSc/BEng in a relevant science/engineering subject
- MSc/MEng or PhD in a relevant science/engineering discipline (experience could be gained through academic research experience when paired with this level of education) is preferred

- 2 years working experience in a related academic or industrial setting
- Substantial work completed on postdoctoral research portfolio in a directly related field; a strong publication record including first author publications is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge in areas such as metallurgy, materials science, polymer chemistry, composite materials, corrosion and materials degradation processes
- Knowledge in analytical chemistry and of various analysis techniques
- Knowledge of some of the analytical capabilities available at Surface Science Western would be desirable
- Demonstrated ability to operate advanced analytical equipment
- Excellent written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to complete detailed reports and scientific publications
- Excellent oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability in public speaking
- Demonstrated ability to apply creativity, innovation and resourcefulness to daily work
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a part of a team, to take the initiative on work assignments
- Strong problem-solving skills including experience formulating and executing action plans
- Attention to detail with an ability to retrieve, analyze and synthesize sizable amounts of data, while ensuring that information is accurate and comprehensive
- Advanced skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes
- A desire to grow and advance skills, which is demonstrated by attending conferences, workshops and other professional developmental opportunities to enhance performance
- Ability to interpret and identify key results or patterns in complex research data, and succinctly summarize findings

Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.

Rust Revealed Video

One of our electrochemistry group members,Thalia Standish, has qualified for the Top 75 @NSERC_CRSNG Science, Action! video contest. This video highlights some of her work and the work being done in our group - this type of work has been a driving force for many of the XPS studies we have done lately. The 25 videos that get the most views between February 6 and March 2 will move on to the final round of judging and have a chance of winning the competition. Do me a favor and please have a look!

XPS Reference Pages

This site contains information gained from decades of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses of an enormous variety of samples analyzed at Surface Science Western laboratories located at the University of Western Ontario. Originally this site was designed as a place for students and our clients to access valuable tips and information. It has since been opened to all those interested in the XPS technique. Summaries of literature data, relevant references and unpublished data taken of well characterized standard samples are presented. Also curve-fitting tips, instrument set-up tips (specifically for the Kratos AXIS Ultra and Kratos AXIS Nova), and CasaXPS tips pertaining to questions we normally get from our students and clients, and other odd bits of information are presented.

XPS and Surface Science Western

The fine print:
Surface Science Western and the University of Western Ontario does not warranty any of the information shown at this site. Any use of this data in scientific publications or other forms should include referencing to the originally published data referenced herein.