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Research Associate

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Position Information

Position Title Research Associate
Department/Unit Chemistry
Research Project Obrovac Battery Materials Laboratory
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number GP76-23
Employee Group Grant-Paid
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable) 2 years
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary $70,000 - $90,000 per annum (35 hours per week)
About the Organization
The Obrovac Lab conducts research in Li-ion and Na-ion battery materials, sustainable battery materials synthesis methods, and battery recycling. For more information, please visit
Job Summary
Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate will be primarily responsible for sustaining a fast-paced and cutting-edge level of research in the Obrovac lab, including maintaining and upgrading equipment, researcher training, developing new techniques, and exploring new avenues for research.
Key Responsibilities
  • Train postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers in lab safety and technical procedures including electrode slurry preparation, electrode casting, coin cell assembly, and in-situ x-ray experiments.
  • Train postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers on the use of equipment such as glove boxes, cell chargers, x-ray diffractometer, electron microscope, BET surface area analyzer, argon ion cross-section polisher, furnaces, ball mills, and Mössbauer spectrometer.
  • Install new equipment, maintain existing equipment and order lab supplies. Maintenance may include changing, replacing, or repairing vacuum pumps, equipment bearings, furnace thermocouples, etc.
  • Design and fabricate new equipment or modify existing equipment. Create technical drawings, procure parts, and coordinate equipment fabrication with machine shops.
  • Conduct exploratory research to scope new research directions for students’ research projects and conduct research and background art searches for patent applications.
  • Assist students by editing manuscripts, as well as writing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
Due to operational requirements, the successful applicant is required to work in-person on campus.

Evening or weekend work may be required to meet operational requirements.

The Research Associate will need to be fitted with a respirator and will work in conditions where respirator use is mandatory.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering with 3 years of related experience in the operation of scientific instrumentation, including x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy.
  • Research experience in materials chemistry.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in authoring manuscripts for scientific journals.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with a mechanical aptitude for the design, repair, and maintenance of mechanical and electronic devices.
  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering.
  • Research experience in lithium-ion battery materials.
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a voluntary RRSP, health and dental plans and an employee and family assistance program.
Application Consideration
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 09/15/2023
Close Date 10/06/2023
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter