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Student Research Assistant - Chemistry Department (amended term date & extended closing)

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Date of Posting: 
March 28, 2014
Chemistry Department
Student Research Assistant (amended term dates & closing date)
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

$10.74 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 12, 2014 – July 25, 2014

The Chemistry Department requires a Research Assistant to assist with a Physical Chemistry research project with Dr. Brian Wagner involving fluorescence-based investigations of the formation of supramolecular host-guest inclusion complexes in ionic liquids.


• The student will investigate the formation of supramolecular host-guest inclusion complexes in ionic liquid solvents using fluorescence spectroscopy.
• Inclusion into various hosts will be explored, including cyclodextrins and cucurbiturils, using a range of polarity-sensitive fluorescent probes as potential guests.
• The binding constants and effect on guest fluorescence in ionic liquids will be determined and compared to the analogous behaviours in aqueous solution.
• The student will prepare analytical solutions of the host and guest pairs in ionic liquids and in water, measure absorption and fluorescence spectra, perform fluorescent titrations as a function of host concentration to determine binding constants, and analyze the results.
• Other responsibilities will include participation in group meetings, and maintenance of the laboratory working space and equipment.


• The successful candidate should be a UPEI Chemistry Majors or Honours student, and have completed at least two years of their Chemistry program with a strong academic performance;
• Successful completion of Chem 231 and Chem 221 are required
• Prior laboratory experience with techniques such as UV-visible absorption and in particular fluorescence spectroscopy will be an asset.

Priority to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and 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 below.

You can also apply in person 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.
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