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
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
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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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Attention to detail in order to perform careful measurements and interpret
• 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
• Ability to understand the principles and operation of new or unfamiliar
• 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
• 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
• Develop and determine laboratory best practices and advise on laboratory
• Decide appropriate way to dispose of hazardous wastes within safety
• 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.
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