J0722-1187 - Senior Research Engineer

Queen's University


August 19, 2022


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Competition Number: J0722-1187

Position Title: Senior Research Engineer

Employee Group: Support Staff

Job Category: Research

Department or Area: Chemical Engineering

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Salary: $71,056.00 - $88,168.00/Year

Grade: 09

Hours per Week: 35

Job Type: Permanent (Continuing)

Shift: 7 Monday - Friday

Number Of Positions: 1

Date Posted: July 29, 2022

Closing Date: August 19, 2022

COVID 19 On-Campus Requirements

The Queen's University Policy Regarding Mandatory Vaccination Requirements for In-person University Activities requires ALL Community Members, including employees, to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to participating in any In-person University Activities. This is a condition of employment for all employees who are required to attend University Property to perform their employment responsibilities. Individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to substantiated grounds (medical and other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code) may ask the University to validate the exemption and request an accommodation for these rare circumstances. If approved, they will be subject to additional health and safety measures.

About Queen's University

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We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

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Job Summary

Reporting to the Department Head, and receiving day-to-day work direction from the Department Manager, the Senior Research Engineer provides expertise and guidance in the design, implementation and operation of experimental equipment in support of the Chemical Engineering department's research mandate. The incumbent oversees the effective and efficient operation of complex experimental research equipment to ensure experiments are designed and conducted in accordance with safety, environmental, and ethical research protocols, and that the data are managed in accordance with associated granting agency requirements. The Senior Research Engineer works collaboratively with the Instrumentation Oversight Committee to ensure that the scientific instrumentation remains current and in optimal working order to meet research needs. The incumbent also provides training and support to graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates and visiting researchers, and assists in designing, testing, and implementing experimental protocols and required equipment.

Job Description


• Provides expertise and advice on aspects of measurement, data collection and statistical analysis of data and design of experiments. • Advises on, and assists with, managing data in accordance with applicable requirements (e.g., Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Supports the stewardship of data by liaising with appropriate bodies internal/external to the University to ensure compliance requirements of external agencies and companies (where appropriate) are met. • Adheres to proper safety, environmental, and ethical research protocols, organizing materials and ensuring the availability and set-up of instruments, as well as checking and maintaining usage schedules. Assists users with preparing and analysing samples and solutions. • Oversees and maintains complex scientific instrumentation, performing preventive maintenance procedures as required to ensure peak operating efficiency. Performs instrumentation repair as soon as possible and engages either in-house personnel or external service agents when required. Uses expertise to provide recommendations to the Instrumentation Oversight Committee on the replacement, enhancement or new purchase of analytical equipment. Assists with the preparation of applications for external funding for equipment (e.g., Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Research Tools and Instruments Grant Programs). • Provides advice into the design of experimental equipment in relation to chemical process aspects (e.g. heat exchange, process measurement and control, appropriate materials of construction, alarms, mixing, and storage). Liaises and communicates with other staff or units within Queen's and / or outside agencies in order to ensure awareness aware of new developments, share best practices, and / or foster collaborative research efforts. • Identifies and supports the development of safe operating protocols for experimental equipment and instrumentation. Trains and guides users (e.g. students, post-doctoral fellows, others) in the safe use and application of equipment and materials. Develops “best practice” standards for laboratory work and upkeep, ensuring information is shared with experimentalists in the department. • Ensures compliance with environmental, safety and ethical research guidelines and data management requirements, including basic safety procedures and proper hazardous waste and / or sharp material disposal. Identifies and communicates best practices and maintains and enforces proper laboratory hygiene. • Maintains up-to-date knowledge and skill of new technology related to laboratory-scale equipment, instrumentation and control used in chemical processes (e.g. reaction, separation, conveying, heating/cooling, and storing, Arduinos), bioprocesses (e.g. fermenters and bio separations), polymer characterization and processing, rheometry and contact angle goniometry, nanoscale structures and microfluidics, and energy systems (e.g., fuel cells and batteries). • Identifies opportunities with Department Head and Director, Business Development, for potential revenue streams for the use of experimental equipment by industry partners. Maintains and builds a base of process equipment and instrumentation knowledge, helping to provide continuity to researchers and students to complete their programs. • Manages user records detailing equipment use and oversees financial records relating to user fees, and maintenance/service details for shared experimental equipment (e.g., expenses, service contracts). Supports the Department Manager by assisting with budgeting and account administration in relation to experimental research equipment. • Designs, develops, tests, and implements experimental protocols for characterizing polymeric and other materials under the general guidance of Principal Investigators. Uses scientific methods and principles to prepare and conduct procedures, and observe and record results. • Supervises students and other personnel assigned to assist with special research related projects (e.g., external testing projects). • Assists in the preparation of experimental equipment grant applications to augment and update the capabilities resources. Contributes to scientific papers when required, and prepares visual and verbal presentations. Participates in lab meetings as needed. • Undertakes other duties as required in support of the department.


• Undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or Engineering Chemistry, combined with a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering or related discipline. Ph.D. in a relevant engineering discipline considered to be an asset • Extensive experience in designing and commissioning research equipment as well as managing instruments. • Proven background in providing innovative research solutions to a wide constituency of researchers with experience in analytical instrumentation and control engineering and electronics. • Registered as a Professional Engineer, or registered as an Engineer in Training (or eligible to attain registration) in Canada. • Extensive experience in the use of computer software programs related to the design and operation of equipment, and statistical analysis and reporting of data.


• Knowledge of analytical instrumentation including: various types of chromatographs (e.g. HPLC, GPC, GC) and spectrophotometers, light scattering instruments, particle sizing instruments, rheometers, and mechanical properties testing equipment (e.g., DMA, Instron, impact testers), Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Thermo- Gravimetric Analysis, Atomic Force Microscopy. • Knowledge of polymer processing equipment (single- and twin-screw extruders, injection moulding, batch mixer). • Ability to learn and develop proficiency in appropriate software (e.g., real-time control) as the need arises. • Strong organizational and analytical skills with an ability to effectively coordinate and maximize workflow. • Initiative and judgement in applying engineering and scientific principles, and statistical design of experiments, to obtain accurate and relevant experimental results. • Care in handling dangerous materials, operating complex equipment, and preparing experimental solutions or samples. Ability to foresee potential problems and prevent where possible. • Strong technical/scientific communications skills (written and verbal) combined with an ability to perform complex mathematical, numerical and statistical calculations. • Attention to detail in order to perform careful measurements and interpret experimental results. • Demonstrated commitment to contributing to a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. • Strong relationship building skills to work professionally and collaboratively with individuals and teams internal and external to the University. • Ability to understand the principles and operation of new or unfamiliar analytical instrumentation. • Ability to learn quickly and adapt protocols as needs change (within guidelines). Able to share knowledge and teach protocols to others. • Strong investigative skills to seek out information in support of enhancing knowledge and expertise. • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills with an ability to adjust style in accordance with listener needs. • Ability to self-motivate and work with minimal supervision within a collaborative environment.


• Assess routine versus specialized as well as short-term versus long-term usage of equipment. Adapt protocols and procedures as required. Evaluate progress and determine alternative methods. Develop novel experimental approaches to research questions. • Use independent judgement to adapt procedures as need arises and troubleshoot equipment and / or protocols related to research. • Make decisions concerning day-to-day matters related to the operation of equipment. Assess research activity schedule for shared equipment and prioritize work for undergraduate and graduate students accordingly. • Determine equipment repair or replacement needs based on cost-benefit analysis, in consultation with researchers in the department. Research, identify, and provide recommendations regarding suitable supplier or manufacturer. • Develop and determine laboratory best practices and advise on laboratory hygiene. • Decide appropriate way to dispose of hazardous wastes within safety guidelines. • Handle emergency or unexpected situations in such a way so as to ensure personnel safety, and minimize damage to equipment and disruption of research results. Decide when to involve others, ensuring appropriate background information is provided. • Use expertise and knowledge to determine how best to answer questions from other labs and/or outside agencies regarding research projects. • Make recommendations regarding lab budget (in collaboration with Department Manager) and accurately administer accounts.

Employment Equity and Accessibility Statement

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.

About the employer

Queen's University Established by Queen Victoria's Royal Charter, Queen's University is among Canada's oldest institutions. Queen's University is located in Kingston, Ontario and has had a significant influence on Canada's higher education since its establishment on 16th October 1841. The...