The Opportunity

Fredericton, NB
Science and Research
$51,924 - $67,489 / year
Competition Number: #047-24.25

Closing Date: July 11th, 2024 at 4:00 PM

Nanocomposites and Mechanics Laboratory (Mechanical Engineering)

UNB's Nanocomposites and Mechanics Laboratory (NCM Lab) is located in the Mechanical Engineering department of the Faculty of Engineering. Guided by the core principle of delivering world-class engineering education leveraged with cutting-edge fundamental and applied research in materials science & engineering, advanced manufacturing, robotics & control, fluids & heat transfer, biomedical, and bioengineering, the department is the house of the Canadian Alliance for Cold Spray Technology (CACST), a unique research facility in Canada. The lab actively engages in collaborative partnerships with universities, industries, research organizations, and not-for-profits to support training undergraduate & graduate research students, postdoctoral fellows, and research professionals.


Full -time | 3 Year Term| Fredericton | On-Campus

UNB is committed to ensuring employees can maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Standard Work Hours: Mon - Fri | 8:15 am - 4:30 pm | 36.25 hours per week

Salary Range: $51,924 - $67,489 per annum


Reporting to the Director of the Nanocomposites and Mechanics Laboratory, The Lab Operational Manager works closely with the director of the lab on a mission to fulfill the research equipment operational needs in a safe and secure environment, along the way supporting day-to-day experimental scheduling of the infrastructure to accomplish both academic research and industry project demands.

  • Ensure safe and scheduled operation of three primary infrastructure technologies located at the UNB COREHub.
  • Miaintain high-pressure cold spray (HPCS); high-velocity oxy-fuel (HV0F); and nanostructured powder manufacturing technology, including high-energy mechanical alloying and gas atomizer.
  • Assist the lab director in developing the standard operating protocols (SOP) of all operational equipment and procedures.
  • Manage consumables/inventory to support equipment operations on time.
  • Participate in professional, occupational, upgrading, and training as needed.
  • Provide training and support to students/researchers, shop-floor technicians.
  • Assist in controlling operational hazards related to powder manufacturing and component development.
  • Learn and implement software programs for robot operation.
  • Complete operational maintenance, predictive measures, and timely calibration of the infrastructure.
  • Liaise with the UNB Facilities Management (FM) office to ensure operations of supporting infrastructure.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the monthly hazardous waste disposal of residual powders and other materials.
  • Provide input knowledge to the lab director regarding ongoing challenges with fundamental thesis projects and industry projects, whereby the goal is to resolve them on time.
  • Transfer supporting knowledge dissemination to scientific communities (including researchers, students, UNB staff).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Post Secondary Education in trades or a related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working in a research laboratory environment or a related field.
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.

Additional Strengths

  • Experience with facility infrastructure management with oversight of construction and health and safety would be considered an asset.
  • Prior collaboration experience with industry would be considered an asset.
  • Background in coatings deposition technologies, materials science, and research and development projects would be considered an asset.
  • A strong technical aptitude.
  • Ability to stay up to date with industry trends/concepts and investigative procedures.

A little bit about us

University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick employs more than 3,200 full- and part-time staff, including faculty, support staff and students. UNB values people and we have proudly been named as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2024 and one of Atlantic Canada's Top Employers for 2023.

UNB is situated on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi'kmaq peoples along the banks of the beautiful and bountiful Wolastoq river, a region recognized worldwide for its natural beauty. UNB is a comprehensive university with a long history of excellence in teaching and research.

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UNB offers a large variety of benefits for employees, including a full pension, a minimum of three weeks of vacation annually, the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), and dental, life, and health insurance.


This position is part of the PSAC, Local 60551 employee group and falls under the PTSU Collective Agreement.


The University of New Brunswick and PSAC/PTSU Local 60551 are committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

We thank all who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.