Student Research Assistant - Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering

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Student Position
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Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
20 hours per week
$12.01 per hour (vacation pay included)

January 3 – May 1, 2019

The School of Sustainable Design Engineering is seeking applications for a temporary student research assistant position. These positions are required to work in the lab under the direction of Dr. Nadja Bressan, Assistant Professor, to develop Artificial Skin for Robots in collaboration with Studio 1 Labs, Toronto.


• Confirms project requirements by reviewing program objective, input data, and output requirements with analyst, supervisor, and client
• Arranges project requirements in programming sequence by analyzing requirements; preparing a work flow chart and diagram using knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, programming language, and logic
• Encodes project requirements by converting work flow information into computer language
• Programs the computer by entering coded information
• Confirms program operation by conducting tests; modifying program sequence and/or codes
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
• Installs and assembles electronic systems based on technical specifications
• Operates power and manual tools safely to avoid accidents
• Makes cable and wiring connections accurately
• Performs system testing to evaluate performance and functionality
• Maintains inventory control of electronic components and tools
• Develops the prototypes for the artificial skin
• Tests hardware for any issues


• Students must be proficient at basic computer programming, background research, technical communication, and creative problem solving
• Successful candidates will have an aptitude in some of the following areas: hands-on building, experimentation, logic, analyzing Information, software algorithm design, software performance tuning, attention to detail, software design, software debugging, software development fundamentals, software documentation, software testing
• Must have good academic standing, competence in both self-directed and team environments, and motivation for tackling new challenges
• Strong knowledge of fundamentals which includes, Analog electronics, digital electronics, AC, DC, Transformers, Micro-controller based system design, peripheral interface, Voltage, Current, and Power
• Must have an understanding of drawings, technical manuals and instructions to perform system installation activities
• Components identification and selection
• PCB analysis and testing
• Must have soldering, component mounting and debugging skills
• Must be familiar with debugging tools such as multimeter, CRO, function generator etc.

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the Procedures manual.

Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.