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Student Research Assistants (2 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: 

37.5 hours per week

$13.41 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 9 to August 26, 2016

Dr. William Whelan and Dr. Derek Lawther, Department of Physics, are looking for student research assistants to work on research projects related to the use of Raman Spectroscopy in the agriculture/food sector. The research is focused on the development of optical tools to assess the nutrition content of certain foods.


•  Collect and analyze spectra from a variety of foods including tomatoes using the Raman spectroscopy system in the Biomedical Optics Lab in the Physics Department
• Troubleshoot the experimental system as needed
• Relate the experimental measurements to the ripening process, such as in tomatoes
• Advance the experimental procedures to obtain quantitative information about carotenoids found in tomatoes


•  The successful candidates will have completed at least two years of a Physics major program, or be pursuing the minor in Biomedical Physics
• Students must include a copy of their degree audit with their applications

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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