Research Associate in Smart Textiles

27 Mar 2023
27 Apr 2023
Biomedicine, Engineering
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Application deadline: 27 Apr 2023

We expect to hire up to 2 candidates (2.0 FTE) for this role.

This is a term position with the possibility of reappointment, subject to work performance and funding availability. The starting salary for this position is $65,000-$75,000/year.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada seeks an outstanding candidate for two full-time research associate (RA) positions.

This RA position focuses on development of advanced smart yarns, smart fibers, solar cells, energy storage, and sensors. This includes interactive smart textile and apparel with embedded yarn sensors, actuators, solar cells, energy storage, and other devices. The incumbent will also investigate the therapeutic and interactive applications of this research. The incumbent will collaborate with industrial partners and with other researchers at UBC or at international institutes.

The research associate will work in the Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab (FEEL) at UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering, in collaboration with the SmarT Innovations for Technology Connected Health (STITCH) Research Cluster led by Professor Peyman Servati. The incumbent will directly report to Dr. Peyman Servati.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of the largest academic units at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus, with over 1,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students enrolled in its degree programs. The department is also engaged in a range of research activities, with over 50 research-track faculty members actively involved in their respective scholarly communities. The Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab (FEEL) is a research unit in ECE. Please find more information about the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab at the links below:


  • Fabrication of advanced yarn sensors and integration into textile devices
  • Fabrication of advanced yarn solar cells and energy storage devices and integration into textile
  • Optimization and improvement of performance for solar cells, energy storage, and sensor devices
  • Use and incorporation of novel materials, such as bio-sourced materials, advanced polymers, and nanoparticles
  • Designing and performing experiments; accurately analyzing the results and presenting findings
  • Preparing grants, assisting with grant applications and following up on the progress and success of the funded grant applications
  • Managing and running projects and helping graduate students with their research and their training
  • Publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals and presenting in international conferences
  • Helping in creating a collaborative, inclusive and supportive work environment
  • Coordinating the maintenance of laboratory and equipment
  • Communicating with partners in academia and industry


The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Materials Engineering or a related discipline. The ideal candidate should have:

  • 3 or more years of postdoctoral work / research experience in the area of materials engineering with a focus on textiles
  • A history of peer-reviewed publications in the area of materials engineering with a focus on textiles
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and in a team environment

How to Apply

In order to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume detailing your research experience through Workday.

Start Date: May 1, 2023, or a mutually agreed upon date

End Date: December 31, 2023, with the possibility of renewal, subject to work performance and funding availability.

Application deadline: 27 Apr 2023

This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.

Please refer to reference number NC-57147 during correspondence about this position.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

About UBC
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC's entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

About Vancouver
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada's third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It's the perfect backdrop to your academic research.