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Senior Research Associate

Faculty / Division:  Faculty of Arts and Science

Department: Chemistry

Specialty: Physical Chemistry

Campus: St. George Campus

Principal Investigator: Professor Rebecca Jockusch

Under the general direction of the PI, the candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary research environment, developing instrumentation for optical spectroscopy in an ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometer. The main projects will be to (1) modify an FT-ICR mass spectrometer to enable fluorescence spectroscopic measurements of trapped, mass-selected ions; (2) implement UV excitation and detection in order to monitor the intrinsic fluorescence of proteins and (3) identify potential sources of funding to further research in the Jockusch laboratory and assist in writing grant proposals targeting these sources.


PhD in Chemistry or Physics


  • Five or more years’ experience in the field of laser spectroscopy is required.
  • Experience in the design of instrumentation for optical spectroscopy in vacuum environments is required.
  • Five or more years’ experience in mass spectrometry is preferred.
  • Experience in identifying funding sources and assistance with writing grant applications is preferred.

The candidate must have

  • Expertise in use and maintenance of ultrafast laser systems. Experience in laser rehabilitation and repair is desirable.
  • Expertise in mass spectrometry (preferred) or other vacuum science.  
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong programming skills, including experience with LabVIEW.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral) and ability to participate on interdisciplinary projects

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Employee Group:   Research Associates 

Appointment Type:      Senior Research Associate

Term:             Continuing

FTE:   100%

Anticipated Start Date: December 14, 2015  

Schedule:     FullPart-time 50%

Salary:           Minimum: Minimum: $24,298        Maximum: $49,324

Job Posting: December 2, 2015

Job Closing Date: We will begin reviewing applications on December 10, 2015 however, the position will remain open until filled.

Please apply to: 
Professor Robert Batey, Chair
Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto
email: chair@chem.utoronto.ca