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Research Laboratory Technician
Date Posted
Friday, January 05, 2018
Toronto, ON
Educational Services
Research Laboratory Technician

Job Number:1702132

Faculty / Division:Faculty of Arts and Science


Campus:St. George (downtown Toronto)


Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Research Laboratory Technologist (RLT) will provide technical support in electronics to research groups working in the field of optics and atomic physics.

Operating at the engineering design level, the RLT will be responsible for the design, development, construction, testing, documentation, and maintenance of highly complex electronic and electrical devices. Equipment used in the research are computer controlled and may include lasers, opto-mechanical devices, electronics, and vacuum systems. The incumbent will, on occasion, be required to manage the technical aspects of various research projects.

As a technical specialist, the RLT is expected to draw on their expertise to provide guidance and practical instruction to research team members and especially to students and research trainees. This may take place through formal instruction (e.g. in classroom), or informally during equipment development.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Minimum five (5) years of recent and related practical experience in analogue and digital electronics with at least two years of experience building and debugging electro-optical systems in a research laboratory environment.  Experience determining the technical specifications used to build and test prototypes.  Experience providing operational instructions and documentation.  Experience determining solutions to analog/digital electronics problems.  


  • Instrument design, construction, and testing at the system and component level;

  • Expertise in high-speed, low-noise, and high-voltage electronics;

  • Analogue electronics, including feedback loops and signal acquisition;

  • Expertise in microwave design, and/or in optical design is an asset.


  • Well-developed interpersonal, communication and analytical skills; ability to exercise tact and judgement; demonstrated initiative and technical ability; good people skills dealing with faculty, students and Postdoctoral Fellows on a one-to-one basis.

  • Originality and ingenuity are required for devising practical and economical solutions to problems in consideration of specifications, methodology and time and resource constraints.


Employee Group:United Steelworkers (USW)

Appointment Type:Budget - Continuing


Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate:USW Pay Band 13 -- $70,134 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $89,691. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Job Field:Technical / Fabrication

Job Posting:Jan 5, 2018

Job Closing:Jan 15, 2018, 11:59:00 PM