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Student Research Assistant - Department of Physics - Faculty of Science

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Department of Physics - Faculty of Science
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week

$13.70 per hour plus 4% vacation pay


ASAP – August 19, 2022

Dr. James Polson is seeking one research assistant to work on a project using computer simulation methods to study the physical properties of polymer systems.


  • Writing and/or modifying a molecular Monte Carlo simulation program designed to investigate the dynamics and conformational behavior of polymers in confined and crowded environments
  • Generating data with the simulation program by carrying out calculations on Compute Canada computer clusters
  • Analysis of the resulting data to determine the scaling properties of the polymer free energy and using the results to test analytical theoretical predictions


  • Successful candidate will have completed first-year physics and math courses required for an undergraduate physics program
  • Should have exceptional grades in undergraduate physics courses
  • Has successfully completed at least one course in computer programming

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 posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( Applications will not be accepted via email.

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.

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.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

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.