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Summer & Work Term Positions
No work term positions are available at this time. Please check back mid-term.
Graduate Student Positions
M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions are available for motivated students with backgrounds in physical science. In many cases, incoming students are unfamiliar with the systems that we study, and with the experimental tools that we use. Fear Not, and Don't Panic! If you have the interest, the drive, and are willing to ask questions (and maybe make some mistakes**), we will get you up to speed in no time. In addition, we are planning a series of workshops on various aspects of experimental surface science and analysis.
The descriptions of what we want to do are outlined on our Research News pages (please read the Where to from here ? section for each project); specific projects are established following discussions with the applicants. In addition, if you see something else that interests you, or have some related ideas that you would like to explore, I would love to hear from you !
In addition to the academic and research aspects of Graduate Studies, full-time group members are expected to present their work at national or international conferences, at least once per year. Informal presentations (e.g., group round-tables, ETC discussions) are expected of all group members on a regular basis.
**we do ask, however, that the mistakes be as few and as inexpensive as possible !
Our projects involve :
1) The study of electron-induced bond-rupture in adsorbed organometallic species. We want to understand the mechanisms by which energy is deposited into adsorbed species (e.g. Ni(CO)4, Al(CH3)3, Fe(CO)5) and the bond-rupture events that follow this energy and charge injection. By studying these processes as a function of the incident electron energy, we hope to develop more sensitive and selective routes to deposit metal-on-insulator films, with potential applications in molecular electronics, nano-tribology, and the preparation of novel surface electrocatalysts. This project will make use of the Phoenix instrumentation of my laboratory, as well as the STM and AFM instruments available through the Electrochemical Technology Centre.
The successful applicant will develop scientific expertise in excited state surface dynamics and surface reaction processes. He or she will become technically proficient in ultrahigh vacuum techniques, cryogenic surface science and infrared spectroscopy, low-energy electron beam physics, and scanning probe methods.
2) The study of the electronic conductivity of thin organic films subject to thermal and selective chemical damage processes. We have developed a novel instrument (Mercury) to study the charge transport properties of thin organic films while under well-controlled vacuum and thermal conditions. We wish to correlate the charge-transport properties to the spectroscopic characteristics of these films, in order to understand how the physical properties of thin organic layers are affected by localized molecular damage processes and to construct more robust and reliable thin-film systems.
The successful applicant will develop scientific expertise in charge transfer processes at interfaces, the electronic properties of molecule-metal interfaces, and correlations between physical structure and electronic properties. He or she will be come technically proficient in high vacuum techniques, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy of surfaces, and the manipulation of novel adsorbate systems.
3) The study of interfaces using molecular dynamics simulations. We are interested in several aspects of the dynamics of organic chains bound to surfaces, including their use as lubricating layers, biomolecule tethers, and substrates for selective molecular adsorption. These studies will make use of our Hydra computer cluster and the SharcNet systems.
The successful applicant will develop scientific expertise in the microscopic interpretation of interfacial processes, and the correlation of theoretical and experimental results. He or she will become technically proficient in modeling methods, Linux systems, and scientific programming.
Post-Doctoral Researcher Positions--
I am always interested in hearing from highly qualified and motivated PDFs. The projects that we support are described in detail on the Research page Applicants are requested to send their CVs and a description of what they feel they can contribute to the project. If I feel that a position might be offered, I normally request that three letters of reference be sent to my attention.