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Student Research Assistant - Department of Physics - Faculty of Science

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015
Date of Posting: 
April 1, 2015
Department of Physics
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

33.75 hours per week

$11.91 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 4 - August 21 (16 weeks)

Dr. James Polson is seeking one undergraduate research assistant to work
on a project using computer simulation methods to study polymer translocation.


The student will write a Monte Carlo simulation program, which will be used to perform free energy calculations and study the dynamics of polymer translocation though a nanopore. The simulations will be run on a multi-node computer cluster. The student will also analyze the resulting data and compare the results with theoretical predictions.


• completion of second year of study in an undergraduate physics program at a minimum.
• some experience with computer programming.
• completed a course on either thermodynamics or statistical physics.

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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