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Student Research Assistants (4 Positions) - Department of Physics - Faculty of Science

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Date of Posting: 
April 27, 2016
Department of Physics - Faculty of Science
Student Research Assistants
Hours of Work: 

33.75 hours per week 

$12.08 - $13.41 per hour (Commensurate with qualifications) (vacation pay included)

May 2016 – August 2016 (16 weeks)

Dr. James Polson is seeking four undergraduate research assistants to work on projects using computer simulation methods to study the physical properties of polymer systems.


Each student will write a Monte Carlo simulation program, which will be used to perform calculations to investigate the dynamics and conformational behaviour of polymers in confined environments. 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.


• Successful candidate should have their second year of study in an undergraduate physics program
• Experience with computer programming
• A completed thermodynamics or statistical physics course would be considered an asset

Priority will be given 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 posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr/).

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, or fax it to (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified student candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit 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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