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Lab Technician

Coquitlam, BC
Full Time
18 days ago


The Lab Technician is responsible for the successful daily operation of Photonic’s quantum hardware laboratory. The Lab technician conducts tests and measurements using opto-electronic and mechanical systems, maintains all lab equipment, implements safety standards,  and ensures all other staff are trained in the safe use of equipment.

 What we need you to do:

  • Set up, test and perform measurements using a wide variety of electronic and mechanical systems and electronic test equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, digital multi-meters, data loggers etc.)
  • Design, fabricate with high precision and maintain electronic equipment frequently used in opto-electronic R&D
  • Maintain machine shop and common research equipment (e.g. vacuum pumps, lasers, resistive and superconducting magnets, furnaces and evaporators) to industry standards
  • Operate and maintain large specialized and high-pressure equipment (e.g. Stokes pumps, helium recovery system)
  • Install, operate, and troubleshoot hardware and software systems
  • Prepare technical documentation describing the operation, configuration, and maintenance of specific experimental equipment and systems used in the research laboratories
  • Train other employees in the operation of equipment  and safety standards for experiments

 What you bring to our team:

  • Bachelor's degree in Physics or Engineering with courses or formal training in electronics/electrical technology, cryogenics, computing systems and programming, mechanical systems, optical systems, chemical handling and the use of machine tools and related equipment
  • Minimum of 4 years of work experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Thorough knowledge of preventative maintenance techniques for electrical, electronic, optical, and mechanical systems
  • Mathematic skills including basic trigonometry and the ability to perform basic calculations relevant to vacuum systems, basic chemical reactions, and AC and DC electrical circuits
  • Knowledge of the design and repair of gas handling and high vacuum systems, as well as the safety, storage, and handling of liquefied gases
  • Experience with laser operation and safety protocols for a range of lasers including high-power, invisible, and pulsed laser sources.
  • Knowledge of high voltage power supplies and their safe operation and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of high-frequency electrical circuits, components, and test equipment.
  • Experience with programming languages and production-level software development (e.g. Github, Python, C++, Visual Basic, LabVIEW, Matlab etc.)
  • Experience with WorkSafeBC and WHMIS safety guidelines, as well as chemical safety protocols including chemical storage, possible chemical reactions, and chemical disposal procedures
  • Ability to use data acquisition and computer-aided design software (e.g. LabVIEW, CAD, COMSOL) at an intermediate level
  • Ability to work independently and meet critical deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to lift, move, or carry heavy equipment weighing up to 30 kg