Opportunity:Director, Nanofabrication Facilities
Location:Vancouver, BC








Title: Director, Nanofabrication Facilities

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC (SBQMI) is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena explicitly involving quantum mechanics. It is internationally recognized for its research and discoveries in quantum structures, quantum materials, and applications towards quantum devices. Recently awarded the largest research grant-funded award ever received at UBC - a $66.5-million institutional investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) and an additional $20-million from UBC - it has an operating budget of $110 million over the 7 years of the award. CERC and UBC are providing an additional funding of $21M and $11M respectively.

Utilizing leadership, strategic, technical, financial, and operational expertise the Director, Nanofabrication Facilities (DNF) will hold primary responsibility for: ensuring that these renovations are done in an effective and efficient manner, on time and on budget; planning use of these facilities which will be in operation 24/7; and maintaining them and the equipment in a way that will meet and balance the differing needs and interests of the many users and stakeholder groups. Leading the nanofabrication facilities in a manner that will ensure timely and efficient delivery of the research results and a steady influx of user fees and other revenues will be a fundamental requirement for successfully meeting the research goals that ensure ongoing funding and the continued existence of SBQMI.

The DNF is responsible to ensure that the nanofabrication facilities i) accelerate and enhance quantum material and device research within the SBQMI to the greatest degree possible; ii) foster the expansion of device research at UBC into exciting new areas; iii) serve as an attractive central hub for all micro- and nanolithographic processing within UBC; iv) attract, on a user fee basis, other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations v) continue to be efficiently run and maintained as the number and range of partnerships increases and the amount and variety of translational work that will take place in the facilities increases vi) balance user needs for research and training.



  • Formulate and implement the short and long-range strategies and goals for the operation and promotion of the facilities; develop the tactical and operation plan for the facilities.
  • Responsible for revenues and expenses. Develop the budgetary requirements and determine the amount of user fees required to balance budgetary needs with the need to provide a competitive, timely, and high quality service. Oversee the implementation of the budget to ensure that funds are used as planned, that variances are identified and accounted for, and ensure compliance with UBC policies and procedures by developing and implementing proper tracking and reporting systems.
  • Establish and maintain work plans and management procedures for the short and long term human resource allocations. Recruit and orient staff accordingly.
  • Direct the activities of staff, establish their responsibilities, review workload assignments, and adjust schedules according to workload to ensure levels meet operational requirements. Monitor and review performance and provide ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • Participate as a member of the executive management team on various committees determining project and space requirements, new projects, redevelopment of existing space, and new construction.

Setup of Facility

  • Collaborate with the Scientific Director, Managing Director and Director of Business Development to understand research, innovation and commercialization goals of SBQMI and incorporate this understanding into the set-up of the facilities, including their overall design and layout.
  • Liaise with UBC facilities management to ensure compliance with all regulations and requirements set by the university.

Maintenance of Facilities, Laboratories and Equipment

  • Identify any necessary maintenance or upgrades and obtain cost estimates for implementing improvements; advise the Scientific Director, Managing Director, and Director of Business Development with regard to the use of funds allotted to maintenance and upgrades to equipment and facilities;
  • Ensure that maintenance plans are in place so as to minimize 'downtime' in the facilities, taking into account the lifespan of equipment and/or its parts. Ensure that the plan is effectively implemented - taking into account the needs of users and timing of their research experiments.
  • Plan, develop, and establish communication mechanisms to ensure that maintenance plans are well communicated to stakeholders and users;
  • Establish strong supplier and equipment servicing relationships, sourcing reliable partners and negotiating contracts with them. Maintain ongoing relationships and continuously evaluate all supplier relationships to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the facilities. Take the lead in anticipating, addressing and resolving any issues with suppliers.
  • Develop a system to keep a record of all equipment and assets of the facilities; take primary responsibility for ensuring that adequate insurance is in place to cover all risks to staff and assets.

Establishment of Policies and Procedures

  • Develop a risk management strategy for the facilities that includes an assessment of all conceivable risks, an assessment of their likelihood and severity, and the plan or procedure to mitigate them. Regularly review the plan, and take potential risks into account in long and short term decision making.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for use of the facilities, sharing of resources, maintenance of equipment, safety, and quality. Ensure that policies are in line with UBC's overall policies and government regulations, and that they are well communicated, understood, and followed.
  • Establish safety and quality standards for all equipment and develop quality control and quality assurance programs; oversee safety and quality programs to ensure they are implemented and that users act in compliance with the standards; maintain records and generate reports as requested.
  • Proactively take the initiative to identify information system or technology needs of users of the facilities.
  • Ensure that all information and data collected in the lab is kept safe and that intellectual property is protected; prepare reports on research activity in the facilities.
  • Remain up-to-date on new federal, state, industry or employer standards and investigate ways to improve procedures or update them if required.

Use of Facilities

  • Promote liaisons and partnerships with other national and international institutions, governments and companies as well as UBC researchers.
  • Proactively work with the Scientific Director, Managing Director and Director, Business Development to be aware of current and upcoming projects and experiments and provide input regarding di­recting resources to those projects that are of the highest priority. Plan, manage and co-ordinate projects in the facilities and orchestrate multiple projects and users to make optimal use of this 24/7 facility.

Fostering Learning

  • Provide technical advice to users of the facilities as they design experiments to learn how to control quantum materials, engineer heterostructures, and develop archetype devices that demonstrate fundamentally new types of functionality;
  • As requested, attend, or serve as a guest speaker at, local, national and international conferences, seminars and workshops;
  • Support SBQMI's goal to train the next generation of entrepreneurial researchers and innovators - from foreign institutions, world-leading companies, and local start-ups - with essential skills in research.

Skills Required: Education and Work Experience:

Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project or Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project. PhD in Physics preferred, or related undergraduate degree with extensive experience. 7 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience if not responsible for a research project. 5 years experience in a field of specialization or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for a research project. Seven years of experience in a clean room facility environment with at least five of those years in a management role; Experience setting up a clean room from initial design phase to completion would be an asset; Experience with maintenance planning and budgeting; Experience managing a technical team, including setting goals and objectives, conducting performance reviews, coaching and mentoring; Extensive experience with method development, research, and the legal, safety and regulatory requirements of running a multi-user clean room facility. Ability to work with a diverse group of people and balance sometimes conflicting needs and interests.

Wage and Benefits:

Salary range: $71,482 - $150,000 Annually

General wage increases to the salary may be applied in future years, as outlined in the Agreement between UBC and the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff.

UBC offers a competitive benefits package

Benefits include:

Extended medical and dental, disability and life insurance, Employee and Family Assistance plan, professional development funding, and pension. If applicable, additional funding may be provided for relocation expenses.

Employers Address and Location of Employment:

Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute
University of British Columbia
Rm 118, Brimacombe Building
2355 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

This search is being conducted by WMC who can be contacted at:

1188 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4A2
(604) 687-0391


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.