University of Waterloo QNC-MBE Facility Manager Full Time in Waterloo, ON

University of Waterloo

Branch Waterloo ON CA

QNC-MBE Facility Manager
Waterloo, ON

QNC-MBE Lab and Research Group Management. Evaluates new chemicals/materials and equipment for risk management….

The Molecular Beam Epitaxy Facility (QNC-MBE) at the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre (QNC) supports multi-faceted research programs from photonics to quantum computing. The QNC-MBE Facility Manager (Manager) is responsible for a wide variety of operational, research and administrative laboratory (lab) support services. S/he identifies, enhances and implements specific processes and procedures to maximize efficiencies of research activities conducted in the lab and ensures the continual functioning of facilities and equipment.

The Manager reports to the Lab Director, Research and Special Projects (Lab Director) for administrative purposes and to Professor Zbig Wasilewski, WIN Endowed Chair, for functional and operational matters.

This role is contingent on funding

Responsibilities QNC-MBE Lab and Research Group Management

  • Supervises operation of the lab and ensures that lab facilities remain functional for all its users;
  • Provides technical support for industrial and research or contract projects;
  • Collaborates with faculty and external users regarding their research needs, and with graduate students on their research activities;
  • Schedules instrument usage to ensure equitable prioritization and research activities;
  • Ensures proper disposal of all chemicals and/or hazardous materials in accordance with waste procedures;
  • Oversees the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of: the MBE system, its subcomponents, auxiliary equipment such as pumps (turbo, cryo, ion, rotary), gas service delivery system, liquid nitrogen (LN2) phase separator, characterization equipment (RHEED, pyrometer, quadrupole mass spectrometer, etc.) and highly specialized characterization tools (e.g. High Resolution X-ray Diffractometer, Nomarski microscope, Electrochemical Capacitance Voltage Profiler, etc.);
  • In conjunction with the department’s Research Financial Coordinators, supports faculty member with financial administration as related to his respective research grants and contracts;
  • Sources equipment and materials for lab, obtains quotes and specifications, and orders;
  • Maintains inventory of parts and supplies specific to each piece of equipment;
  • Develops equipment operating procedures based on industry best practices and guidelines;
  • Maintains user and equipment records, manuals, material safety data sheets (MSDS), inventory, financial documentation and relevant information;
  • Identifies and recommends areas where facility upgrades are necessary, obtains cost estimates and implements approved upgrades and improvements to lab facilities and practices.


  • Enforces Health & Safety guidelines and coordinates safety training for all lab users as required;
  • Maintains quality checks on lab safety and ensures maintenance of lab facilities;
  • Establishes equipment operating procedures and safety protocols;
  • Develops lab and safety procedures and ensures that the facility functions according to all applicable safety rules and regulations;
  • Manages and coordinates all lab based certifications and permits;
  • Evaluates new chemicals/materials and equipment for risk management.

Training and Supervision

  • Instructs new facility users e.g. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, faculty and external users in operation of equipment specific requirements, techniques and clean room processes;
  • Ensures adherence to established procedures for equipment operation and processes;
  • Develops standard operating procedures and protocols based on best practices to improve work flows and current processes;
  • Participate in the creation of training and teaching aids (videos, slides, manuals, etc.);
  • Directly supervises graduate students’ research projects.

Commercial Wafer Growth Activities

  • Provides advice and technical support to current and potential clients;
  • Determines order specifications;
  • Prepares and conducts the growth process for commercial wafers;
  • Operates characterization tools;
  • Coordinates billing for lab services and consumables;
  • Determines cost per service pricing and ensures appropriate billing to internal and external customers.

Other Duties

  • Maintains the lab website;
  • Writes technical portions of grant proposals related to the lab and equipment;
  • Leads facility tours for potential industry collaborators and academic colleagues;
  • Consults with potential external users on future projects;
  • Occasionally attends technical meetings or conferences to maintain technical expertise;
  • Assists with other duties or special projects which may be assigned by the Lab Director or Prof. Wasilewski.


  • Advanced graduate degree in Chemical, Physical Sciences, Engineering Physics or Chemical Engineering, or an equivalent combination of Masters of Applied Science and experience
  • Five years’ experience managing lab operations in a research engineering or industrial setting
  • Experience in working with clean rooms is required
  • 4+ years’ experience in lab materials science and with vacuum pumps
  • Experience monitoring and enforcing safety in the labs or a similar environment is required
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills to ensure smooth functioning of lab
  • Fundamental knowledge of semiconductor fabrication and clean room operation is required
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current applications used in a clean room and semiconductor device fabrication environment
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain procedures for ensuring safety of students and staff in the lab
  • Knowledge of guidelines for dealing with hazardous materials disposal and Canadian standards for materials testing
  • Well-developed interpersonal, negotiation, and oral and written communication skills are required
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a busy and dynamic environment.
  • Problem-solving and ability to troubleshoot many different types of problems
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Must be comfortably able to lift up to 50 lbs. of equipment
  • Demand for diligence, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Some technical troubleshooting and crisis management may require being on call after hours
  • Occasional travel for meetings and for visits to vendor or customer sites may be required

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Waterloo, ON, CA
Posted on: 2016-09-08
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