Student Research Assistant - Department of Physics

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Student Position
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Department of Physics
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
Up to 37.5 hours per week

$17.05 per hour, plus 4% vacation pay


ASAP – August 30, 2024

Dr. Maria Kilfoil and Dr. Bill Whelan are seeking one research assistant to work on a project to evaluate and optimize the use of Raman spectroscopy to detect microplastics in water samples from local watersheds.  




  • Review the literature on the use of Raman spectroscopy to detect microplastics in water
  • Calibrate two Raman systems and optimize sensitivity
  • Fabricate a synthetic river water sample using a variety of different microplastic
  • Design and execute experiments to determine optimal operational characteristics for the two Raman systems




  • Must be a UPEI student
  • Successful candidate will be enrolled in an undergraduate physics program at
  • Experience with testing and evaluation of optics components in a physics laboratory setting
  • Excellent hands-on skills
  • Ability to work independently


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 below.

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.

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