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Research Associate - Limited Term, (6 Months Term)

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Research Associate - Limited Term, (6 Months Term)

Date Posted: 02/16/2024
Req ID: 36069
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The University of Toronto’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering is at the forefront of addressing global issues that have a direct impact on our lives today. Our cutting-edge research in advanced materials creates technological solutions for environmental challenges such as climate change, resource depletion and energy availability. Our faculty members are world leaders in materials applications and processing, our commitment to both research and teaching excellence fosters innovative thinking.

The Laboratory for Extreme Mechanics & Additive Manufacturing, led by Professor Yu Zou, uses novel experimental, analytical, and computational tools to explore materials with extreme properties or under extreme conditions, particularly for metallic materials. The research themes include metals, mechanics, manufacturing, and machine learning, covering many length and time scales. Of particular interest is to advance the fields of vital importance to the society, including aerospace, biomedical, electronic, environment, and energy sectors.

The successful candidate will join Professor Yu Zou’s group and will be responsible for development of the experimental work, execution of the experiments, evaluation of the results, support undergraduate / graduate students and publish academic papers. This position will report to Professor Yu Zou.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, applied physics and other related science or engineering disciplines
  • Minimum two (2) years experience in physical metallurgy, such as microstructure characterization and mechanical testing, is preferred
  • Plan, design, and execute experiments related to high and low-temperature mechanical testing
  • Conduct critical analysis of recorded data followed by the optimization, reformulation, or re-design of the experiments as required
  • Prepare research reports and figures for publications / presentations both at conferences and in journals
  • Direct projects, guide/supervise junior team members
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership/organization as a team leader in Research and Development projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and work environment
  • Engage in complementary collaborations within or external to the research group
  • Contribute to writing grant applications. At all times, the individual is expected to support the overall research and teaching missions of the lab
  • The candidate is expected to support the overall research missions of the lab, and execute the research vision with PI to achieve research goals

Application procedure:

  • Please include your CV and previous publications when submitting your application
  • We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those candidates qualified for an interview will be contacted


  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority
  • This is a six (6) months term position (with the possibility of renewal), and 85% FTE appointment
  • This role is not currently eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, pursuant to University policies and guidelines, including but not limited to the University of Toronto’s Alternative Work Arrangements Guideline.

Closing Date: 02/28/2024, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Research Associate
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Part-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: R01 -- Research Associates (Limited Term): $51,543 - $96,643
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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