We're hiring - SPM Exprimentalist

 We are developing an advanced nanotechnology to extend our manufacturing capabilities. As an SPM (Scanning Probe Microscopy) Experimentalist, you will be part of the team developing this nanotechnology.


UHV SPM, Ultra High Vacuum Scanning Probe Microscopy, Equipment Construction, Experimental Design, Surface Chemistry, Surface Reaction, Molecular Manipulation, Transfer print patterning, Molecular Deposition.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Workstation Operation and Experimental Design
  • Operate SPM hardware and perform process development experiments
  • Work with the engineering team to propose, design, construct, and test nanoscale structures and devices
  • Rapid learning of the particular technical issues, challenges and solutions associated with this advanced nanotechnology
  • Document equipment modifications, experimental parameters, processes, and results
  • Assist in the specification and testing for new and upgraded engineering tools

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering or Mathematics and 2 years of UHV scanning probe microscopy experience during the degree, or Master’s in Engineering, Science or Mathematics and 2 years of UHV SPM experience
  • Meticulous, conscientious and detail-oriented
  • A quick learner
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to obtain a Canadian security clearance is required

Desired Skills and Experience

Each of these is a plus. This list is prioritized.

  • Experience with Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) or Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Experience in Cryogenic UHV experimentation
  • Experience in developing and operating a system that was reliant on previously unproven technology
  • Experience with Molecular Deposition
  • Experience with Molecular Manipulation
  • Experience with Transfer Printing
  • Experience with automated manufacturing systems
  • 1-3 years of Vacuum system work experience
  • Demonstrated interest in advanced technology
  • Experience with Lean, Agile and/or Scrum
  • Experience with programming tools such as Python, C+, C#
  • Experience with Confluence and/or Jira
  • Experience with micro-robotics, micro-manipulation, and/or micro-assembly
  • Experience with MEMS and/or NEMS
  • CAD/CAE such as SolidWorks, Catia, Autodesk Inventor, or ProE/Creo

Work Environment

The employee will work primarily at a facility in Ottawa, ON.

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Canadian Bank Note company is developing a cutting-edge scanning probe microscope and the associated interfaces. As an Electronics Engineer at CBN Nanotechnologies, you will play an integral part in exploring, developing, and testing cutting-edge technologies. Your work will be built upon a broad understanding of the physical sciences and unparalleled expertise in your chosen field. You will apply this broad understanding to developing the interfaces between the SPM and the computers controlling this instrument.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop an SPM controller as well as auxiliary equipment to interact with the microscope.
Develop high-speed RF and mixed-signal circuits, design PCBs, test these novel designs, and integrate them.
Develop and integrate FPGA systems.
Develop and review PCB designs.
Work closely with software developers and microscope operators to hone requirements for new hardware.

Required Skills and Experience

Good understanding and experience in Verilog.
Working knowledge of Python.
Experience with bringing up prototype circuits.
Hands-on work in analog and digital circuit design. PCB design, development, and testing.
Bachelor’s degree in related field is required.
At least 2 years of work experience in Electrical Engineering.

Preferred Skills and Experience

Work with radio frequency electronics and low noise electronics for measurement and characterization.
Designed multiple working high-speed analog, mixed-signal projects
Ability to develop robust electronic designs.
Demonstrated development of closed-loop control systems.
Work in computational modeling and testing of dynamic system performance.
Work with motion sensors and actuators.
Knowledge of optoelectronics, servo control systems.


Competitive salary
Medical, dental, and vision benefits
Retirement package

Work Environment

The employee will work on-premises in the Ottawa, Ontario area.
This is a full-time position, with a minimum expectation of 40 hours per week. Hours are somewhat flexible. This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Some travel may be required if needed, including the annual company retreat.

Professional Experience

• December 2018 - February 2021
Surface Scientist and Nanoscale Analyst
College of Engineering
Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

• July 2013 - November 2018
Research Scientist
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson TX
• June 2010 - June 2013
Postdoctoral Research Physics
Physics Department

University of South Florida, Tampa FL
• November 2006 - March 2010
Research Assistant
Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL, France) & Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa, Switzerland)

• 2010 PhD, Ecole national des Mines de Nancy, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (France)
• 2006 MS, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille (France)
• 2004 BS, Mohamed First University, Oujda (Morocco)

Research Interests
• Nanomaterials: 2D layered materials, oxides, semiconductors, topological insulators.
• Device interfaces, integration and reliability
• Thin film technology

Researcher ID. C-8992-2013

Selected Publications

• Recombination kinetics and effects of superacid treatment in sulfur and selenium based transition metal dichalcogenides. 
M. Amani, R. Addou, G. H. Ahn, D. Kiriya, P Taheri, D.-H. Lien, J. W. Ager, R. M. Wallace, and Ali Javey. Nano Lett., 16 (4), 2786–2791 (2016)

• The Influence of Hydroxyls on Pd-Atom Mobility and Clustering on Rutile-TiO2(011)-2×1. R. Addou, T. P. Senftle , N. O'Connor, M. J. Janik , A. C.T. van Duin, and Matthias Batzill.
ACS Nano, 8 (6), 6321–6333 (2014)

• Growth of a two dimensional dielectric monolayer on quasi-freestanding graphene.
R. Addou, A. Dahal and M. Batzill.
Nature Nanotechnology 8, 41-45 (2013)

• Monolayer graphene growth on Ni(111) by low temperature chemical vapor deposition.
R. Addou, A. Dahal, P. Sutter and M. Batzill.
Appl. Phys. Lett. 100 021601 (2012)

• Structure Investigation of the (100) surface of the orthorhombic Al13Co4 crystal.
R. Addou, E. Gaudry, T. Deniozou, M. Heggen, M. Feuerbacher, P. Gille, R. Widmer, O. Groening, V. Fournée, Y. Grin, J. M. Dubois, and J. Ledieu.
Phys. Rev. B 80 014203 (2009)

Most Cited Publications

1. Defect-Dominated Doping and Contact Resistance in MoS2
S. McDonnell, R. Addou, C. Buie, R. M. Wallace, C. L. Hinkle.
ACS Nano, 8, 2880–2888 (2014)
649 citations

2. Near-Unity Photoluminescence Quantum Yield in MoS2.
M. Amani, D.-H. Lien, D. Kiriya, J. Xiao, A. Azcatl, J. Noh, S. Madhvapathy, R. Addou, S. KC, M. Dubey, S.-C. Lee, Jr-H. He, J. Ager, X. Zhang, E. Yablonovitch, K. Cho, R. M. Wallace, A. Javey.
Science 350, 1065-1068 (2015)
517 citations

3. Atomically thin resonant tunnel diodes built from synthetic van der Waals heterostructures
Y.-C. Lin, R. K. Ghosh, R. Addou, N. Lu, S. M. Eichfeld, H. Zhu, M.-Y. Li, X. Peng, M. J. Kim, L.-J. Li, R. M. Wallace, S. Datta, and J. A. Robinson
Nat. Commun., 6, 7311 (2015)
316 citation

4. Manganese Doping of Monolayer MoS2: The Substrate is Critical
K. Zhang, S. Feng, J. Wang, A. Azcatl, N. Lu, R. Addou, N. Wang, C. Zhou, J. Lerach, V. Bojan, M. J. Kim, L.-Q. Chen, R. M. Wallace, M. Terrones, J. Zhu and J. A. Robinson
Nano Lett., 15, 6586–6591 (2015)
312 citations

5. Surface defects on Natural MoS2. R. Addou
L. Colombo and R. M. Wallace
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 7, 11921-11929 (2015)
275 Citations