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Postdoctoral Fellow, Device Integration of Atomic Quantum Dots

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow, Device Integration of Atomic Quantum Dots

  • Closing date: 25 Jun 2021
  • Canada | National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
  • Date posted: 04 Jun 2021
  • Job type: Academic: postdoc
  • Discipline: Quantum science & technology 

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We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

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NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

The Program

The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction).

PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $73,133. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work.

Project Title

Device Integration of Atomic Quantum Dots

Your Challenge

The incumbent will be involved in research to advance strategies to develop macro-scale to atom-scale electrical connections to thereby achieve quantum transport measurements through atom defined structures. The project will involve nanofabrication to create specialized silicon samples with Macro-to-Atom contacts for the printing of atomic circuitry. Fabrication will involve optical, e-beam and/or scan probe based lithography as well as encapsulation methods to protect circuity. Electrical measurements of unique samples, sample preparation methods, doping of hydrogen terminated silicon, the development of unique hardware and software solutions for STM and/or other lithography may be performed depending on the incumbent’s qualifications. The project will deliver high-impact publications by tackling the challenging issues with connecting to and addressing atomic circuitry created on hydrogen terminated silicon surfaces.

Key words: Atomic electronics, atomic wires

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, or a relevant Engineering discipline will spearhead a project team that will draw on techniques from lithographic processes on various length scales from micron to nanometer.


  • Expertise in cleanroom fabrication (EBL, Photo-lithography, dry and wet etching, thin films deposition) will be preferred.
  • Experience in layout design, fabrication process optimization and design of experiments will be preferred.
  • Previous hands-on expertise in materials characterization techniques (AFM, SEM, FIB, TEM) will be preferred.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements


Who is eligible?

  • Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
  • Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2018) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
  • Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.

Although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries. The offer of a Fellowship does not ensure foreign nationals Permanent Residency in Canada. Non-Canadian candidates should apply for non-immigrant status (i.e. temporary status) and an employment visa.  For further information, please contact the closest Canadian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your area.

Application requirements

In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Resume.
  • Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length).
  • PhD Transcript – an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version.
  • List of Publications.

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments»

In addition, applicants who best meet the requirements of the position will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation at a later stage of the competition process.


Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC’s directives.

Salary Range

From $56,374 to $159,364 per annum. 

The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.


  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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