Research Associate (Limited Term)- 1 Year Term

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DepartmentThe Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto invites applications for a Research Associate (Limited Term) position in the recently established Transparent Lab. The new hire will contribute to the growth Transparent Lab initiative. Their focus will be on developing customized software solution to be used to add value to the data produced by the available pool of equipment accessible through the Transparent Laboratory, such as: 

  • one high energy x-ray microCT (GE v|tome-x-s 240keV);
  • one high energy x-ray nanoCT (GE nano|tome 180keV);
  • three custom designed and built x-ray transparent testing vessels:
    • one ERDm-RM vessel to test 25mm diameter cylindrical samples under triaxial stress conditions;

    • one ERDm-T vessel to test 12mm diameter cylindrical samples under confined torsional stress conditions;

    • one ERDm-Q vessel to measure viscoelastic material properties of 12mm diameter cylindrical samples under confined stress conditions;

  • three continuous pulse-free high pressure metering pumps (Vindum VP-6K – 6,000psi; VP-12K – 12,000psi; VP-20K – 20,000psi);
  • one automated mercury intrusion porosimeter (PMI AMP-60K-A-2)
  • one 3D particulate printer to print samples in quartz, metal, and ceramic (Ex-One Innovent);
  • one3D topometric surface scanner (GOM ATOS II);
  • one micro- nano-indenter and scratcher (Nanovea M1);
  • one high resolution flatbed scanner for fracture mapping (EPSON V800);
  • one micro x-ray fluorescence (Micro-XRF) system (Bruker M4 Tornado);
  • one transmitted/reflected light fluorescence microscope (Olympus BH2).

    The Research Associate will balance two primary roles as: 1) researcher, and, 2) HQP trainer. Specific duties include:


    • Develop customized software solutions to analyze large datasets produced in the Transparent Lab, which could include confidential data. Specific focus should be on the development of customized meshing software to be used to create numerical models from 2D and 3D data collected in the Transparent Lab;

    • Train students and researchers in the use of the various software available through the Transparent Lab. This might include to train and support other HQP involved in basic coding tasks;

    • Support general teaching and training activities offered through the Chair’s research program;
    • Liaise with industry and government partners throughout the Transparent Lab project and support research effort with sponsors;

    • Ensure project goals are met according to budget and timeline;
    • Collaborate with other researchers that might become involved with the Chair’s research program;
    • Assist and lead the preparation of research proposals, technical reports and peer reviewed journal publications related to the research;

    • Present research findings to stakeholders within and outside of the project team;

    • Contribute to develop and maintain an online portal that will streamline data analysis, as well as the access to the lab, which might include expedite equipment booking, fee collection, and the tracking of usage. 

    CampusCandidates require a PhD degree in engineering or relevant scientific field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must have experience working in teams of researchers, and specifically assigning, and managing tasks in large interdisciplinary projects. The candidate should have proven experience in programming, and software development. The candidate must have excellent inter-personal and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently and in a group setting.  



    Department: Civil & Mineral Engineering
    Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
    Schedule: Full-time
    Job Field: Research Associate (Limited Term)
    Job Posting: Sep 11, 2019
    Job Closing: Sep 22, 2019, 11:59:00 PM




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    Posted: 9/12/2019
    Application Due: 9/23/2019
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