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Materials Science Lab Technician

Engineering | Kitchener, Ontario, Canada | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

The Voltera V-One is a desktop circuit board printer that allows electronics developers to cut their prototyping time from months to minutes! 

We are TechCrunch Disrupt Champions, one of the most innovative Kickstarter campaigns of all time, and one of the fastest growing startups in Canada.

Back in 2013 we began our mission to modernize manufacturing… to show people that the tools we use can be innovative, accessible, and elegant.  To do that, not only do we obsess over the material science aspect of additive manufacturing, but we place a relentless focus on the user experience (I dare you to find lab software that looks better than ours).

We are dedicated to enabling the next generation of electronics prototyping - whether they need to be stretchable, transparent, flexible, or ultra-high-temperature, the requirements for electronic devices are growing every day, and we need cutting-edge materials which can keep up. That’s where you come in!  

About the job:

We're looking for a Materials QC Technician to support sourcing, characterizing, and applying these functional materials in new and exciting ways. 

This position is a good fit for a passionate, curious, and independent professional who gets excited about interesting results, and gets skeptical when numbers come out a bit too clean. We are a small team, which means that there is room to grow beyond your role, depending on skill set and interest.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Independently conducting test suites and QC procedures 

  • Data collection, organization, and parsing

  • Writing and maintaining SOP’s, SDS’s, data collection templates, and health & safety documentation

  • Running, maintaining and sourcing lab equipment and supplies

  • Scheduling and running wet and dry shelf life testing

  • Sample storage, labeling, organization, and disposal for wet and dry samples 

  • Creating and maintaining databases for material test data

  • Conducting user testing and training for new processes, products, and test procedures    

About you:

A successful applicant should have:

  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to work independently

  • Critical thinking skills for thorough and effective data analysis

  • A background in chemistry, physics, statistics, and data management 

  • Experience in lab position (academia or industry) with WHMIS certification

  • Demonstrated aptitude for presenting data and summarizing results in context

  • Ability to independently schedule and execute regular data collection to balance multiple ongoing investigations

  • Ability to conduct literature reviews and stay current with emerging technologies

Bonus points for: 

  • Design of experiments and statistical techniques 

  • Subject matter knowledge in polymer science, rheology, fluid mechanics, conductive inks, printed electronics, materials characterization techniques, dispensing technologies, and/or additive manufacturing

  • Any tangential but helpful skills:

    • Mechanical / Electrical CAD 

    • Programming experience 

    • Graphic design

    • 3D Printing experience

    • Electronics hobby projects (if you have something you've built, we'd love to see it!)