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Welcome to the Engineering Physics Co-op and Career page!

Here you will find all you need to know about opportunities in Engineering Physics, including current job postings, how to land a summer research position, and companies where our alumni work!

Careers

Engineering Physics graduates have many career options due to the flexibility developed through a broad background in mathematics, physics, materials science, electronics, computer systems and optics. There are many different job titles that describe what graduates of the Engineering Physics programme are now doing. Telecommunications, laser applications, and nuclear engineering are just a few of the career paths our graduates have focussed their attention on. Many graduates choose to continue their studies earning Masters or PhD degrees.

Our Recent Grads

Our Recent Grads

Each year, the Chair surveys recent grads and alumni and compiles the Employment Reports below:

2016 2015 2014

Summer Student Research

Are you a current undergraduate student?

Our Engineering Physics faculty have opportunities for current undergraduate students to work as an Undergraduate Student Researcher during the summer. In order to find one of these positions, first look at our Faculty page to review each faculty member’s interests, and contact them directly with your CV about the possibility of working with them. Be sure to reach out early as there are limited spots open.

Past Summer Research Students in Eng Phys!

Samantha Scarfe, Student Research Assistant with Dr. Fang

Samantha Scarfe, Student Research Assistant with Dr. Fang

In Dr. Fang’s group I am studying ways of implementing optical technologies such as digital holography into optofluidic devices that can be used for point of care applications, such as urinalysis. We aim to be able to image biomarkers such as bacteria and blood cells with a resolution of 1-10 microns using holographic techniques.

Devan Wagner, Undergraduate Summer Researcher with Dr. Luxat

Devan Wagner, Undergraduate Summer Researcher with Dr. Luxat

Devan worked with Dr. Luxat on a simulation package to address the electricity needs of Canada, and how the nuclear industry can meet the growing demand. This program allows the user to input nearly every variable describing different types of nuclear reactors and their associated fuel cycles. The program determines things such as the best type, and the number of reactors to deploy in any given year in order to minimize costs or wasted supply. Meanwhile, the entire fuel cycle is tracked, which allows us to examine areas for further improvement with fuel reprocessing and recycling. Lastly, he modeled the nuclear reactions occurring in the reactor and after discharge so we can get an accurate picture of the waste and address the issue of long term storage. This project has allowed Devan to use both Engineering Physics and Engineering Management knowledge to address problems in the areas of reactor physics, software development, as well as economics.

Rita Waseem, Student Research Assistant with Dr. Fang

Rita Waseem, Student Research Assistant with Dr. Fang

In Dr. Fang's group, I am currently working alongside Nehad Hermiz, a PhD candidate in the biomedical engineering department. I am using the Lifetime Fluorescence Microscopy and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to study protein interactions.

Amit Rao, Summer Research Assistant with Dr. LaPierre

Amit Rao, Summer Research Assistant with Dr. LaPierre

Summer research with Dr. LaPierre was fantastic. I had the ability to learn and test new techniques such as using the scanning electron microscope; which was quite exciting as you are able to image samples and patterns that are on the scale of nanometers, yet the images are very clear and distinct. These techniques can be applied to many forms of research and industry techniques. Working on my research project was extremely fun as I encountered many different variables affecting the results and figuring out to solve those obstacles is what made the project interesting.

Mitch Lemieux, Research Assistant with Dr. Nagasaki

Mitch Lemieux, Research Assistant with Dr. Nagasaki

Dr. Nagasaki is currently researching how Selenium (an element commonly found in spent nuclear fuel), interacts with different minerals found in the Canadian Shield. My duties during the summer included setting up experiments to measure the adsorption and absorption of Selenium on these minerals, as well as running computer simulations to compare with our experimental results. The end goal of this research is to enable the safe, long-term storage of spent fuel in the deep geological repository being built in Ontario.

Diana Dumitrescu, Summer Research Student with Dr. Turak

Diana Dumitrescu, Summer Research Student with Dr. Turak

Research Assistance with Dr. Turak

My project focused on the synthesis of tin oxide nanoparticles through reverse micelles and the strategies for controlling their planar arrangements. Our goal was to achieve a highly ordered array (as close to a hexagonal lattice as possible), in order to leave the least amount of gaps and maximizing the density of the deposited nanoparticles. My job was to perform a series of experiments, supported by methods discussed in the literature, to modify the spatial arrangement of the micelles. Working over the summer was a fantastic experience and allowed me to learn many lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom.

Morgan Richard, Student Research Assistant with Dr. Fang

Morgan Richard, Student Research Assistant with Dr. Fang

Research Assistance with Dr. Fang

The engineering physics group I am working with is developing a multiplexed confocal high content imaging system, designed to surpass spinning disc confocal microscopy and provide new methods to image biological systems. My work on the project is to assist in the development of this system, primarily through programming hardware control, user interfaces, and also troubleshooting unexpected behaviors in optical systems. Throughout the summer and into the year I have met amazing coworkers who have helped me develop my understanding of photonics and programming. These coworkers helped me break down many optics focused papers, and kept the direction of the project well defined when issues arose. I find this work extremely fulfilling as it gives me a chance to develop my understanding of optics, explore new aspects of biophotonics, and develop my skills in programming. I am learning very useful skills that encompass the complete design and construction of a system and would recommend anybody who’s given the opportunity to make the most out of it because it can be a life-changing experience.

Job Opportunities

Engineering Physics is glad to present the following opportunities:

Job Postings

Senior Optical Engineer

Company/Institution:
Savormetrics Inc.

Job description/Qualifications:
Read here.

Contact:
Applications will be accepted until position is filled Please note, only suitable candidates will be contacted.  Please submit your resume and cover letter to: careers@Savormetrics.com

Date Posted:
November 17, 2017

iBioMed Laboratory Technician

Company/Institution: 
IBEHS Biomed Eng &  Health Sci, McMaster University

Job description: 
The Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences at McMaster University have jointly developed an interdisciplinary undergraduate program entitled Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS).  This unique program aims to build strong foundations in both engineering and the health sciences, integrating biological and medical sciences with engineering and physical sciences. This position will manage and coordinate activities related to undergraduate design projects and laboratories within the IBEHS program. This position will be responsible for ensuring that safety procedures are considered and implemented into all the teaching activities in the labs; providing a safe working environment for students and staff, as well as taking corrective actions to prevent potentially hazardous situations; training of Teaching Assistants to use all equipment safely; testing of existing labs and design activities to ensure they are optimized prior to undergrad students' arrival; designing and preparing biomedical-related experiential learning activities; supporting undergraduate labs and design projects throughout the academic term; designing and maintaining a server for all computing equipment in the lab and design space.  The successful candidate will participate in design, selection and purchase of new laboratory and experiential learning equipment whether hardware or software (e.g., 3D Printers, microcontroller kits, data acquisition systems, benchtop imaging equipment, biomaterials testing equipment), and will acquire and maintain expertise in all new software or hardware used (including performing maintenance/repairs as needed). .  This position will also identify needs for prototyping, analysis, and testing of design projects (hand tools, small electronics components), and will determine inventory/storage needs, expected usage/distribution and re-stocking/maintenance requirements over time.  The successful incumbent will provide direction and support to TAs assigned to the lab and must ensure that safety and operating protocols are adhered to at all times. 
See more information on Mosaic

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study. Requires 3 years of relevant experience.

Contact: 
Alexa Huang
Please apply on Mosaic!

Date Posted: 
October 30, 2017

PhD or Postdoctoral Scientist at Lund University

Company/Institution: 
Lund University, Sweden

Job description: 
Goal of the project is the understanding and design of atomically controlled crystal phase heterostructures
as templates for atomic surface engineering and for the exploration of new excitonic and
topological phases in 2D and 3D confined systems. 
See more here!

Contact: 
Kimberly Dick Thelander

Date Posted: 
October 31, 2017

Research Associate in Advanced Photodetector Devices and Systems

Company/Institution: 
Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS), Cardiff University

Job description/Qualifications/Contact: 
Read more here

Date Posted: 
October 30, 2017

Electro-optics Engineer

Company/Institution: 
L3 Wescam, http://www.wescam.com/

Job description: 
Experience in electro-optics

Qualifications: 
Bachelor’s, M.A.Sc., or Ph.D.

Contact: 
Vincent Hamel, Manager, Electro-Optical Engineering, L-3 Wescam, 905-633-4001 x2168, Vincent.Hamel@L-3com.com 

Date Posted: 
October 20, 2017

Postdoctoral Position

Company/Institution: 
RIT’s Nanopower Research Laboratory

Job description: 
More information can be found here!

Qualifications: 
Seeking talented individuals with extensive crystal growth and thin films/nanomaterials characterization experience.

Contact: 
Parsian K. Mohseni, Assistant Professor, Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. Program, Rochester Institute of Technology, 585-475-7262, pkmeen@rit.edu

Date Posted: 
October 4, 2017

Cymer Careers

Cleanroom Fabrication Assistant

Company/Institution: 
Single Quantum, a company based in Delft, The Netherlands

Job description: 
The work will consist of:

  • Cleanroom fabrication using different machines:
    • Electron Beam Lithography
    • UV lithography
    • Wet bench
    • Etching
    • Evaporation
    • Resistance measurements
  •  Assembly and wire bonding of chips in holder

Click for more information!

Qualifications: 
We ask

  • Cleanroom experience necessary;
  • Experience in Kavli Nanolab in Delft is a big plus;
  • Precise working attitude;
  • Get-on and do it mentality;
  • MBO or higher technical degree;
  • High sense of responsibility and commitment;
  • Adequate English language skills in speech and writing.
  • Hands on experience in high tech production environment is an advantage;

We provide:

  • Dynamic and informal environment of a start-up company operating internationally
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working times possible

Contact: 
Send your CV, motivation letter and 2 references to: info@singlequantum.com

Date Posted: 
September 22, 2017

Solar Engineer (Ottawa Office)

Company/Institution: 
Leidos, Ottawa

Job description: 
http://jobs.leidos.com/ShowJob/Id/1341844/Solar-Project-Engineer/

Qualifications: 
Candidates must have experience within solar industry, and that will be a substantial portion of the work, but we may also be interested in those that can offer additional areas of knowledge and expertise in the engineering energy sector.  Candidates must be competent with both independent and team work, and possess strong communications skills in English. 

Contact: 
If you are interested please apply on-line.  You may also forward the resume&cover letter directly to jhaysom@uottawa.ca
http://jobs.leidos.com/ShowJob/Id/1341844/Solar-Project-Engineer/

Date Posted: 
September 15, 2017

Nuclear Engineer

Company/Institution:
RadComm Systems Corp., Oakville, Ontario

Job description:
Seeking a graduate student preferably with a PhD level and some work experience in the area of Nuclear Engineering.  The candidate must have a very good understanding of nuclear statistical signal processing and isotope spectral recognition.  

Qualifications:
preferably a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering

Contact:
Steve Steranka, President, ssteranka@radcommsystems.com

Date Posted:
Aug 30, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow

Company/Institution:
Weizmann Institute, Israel

Job description:
Postdoctoral position in a nanowire MBE growth project. The project will grow nanowires made of topological materials (e.g. SnTe) to study topology in the mesoscopic regime.

Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline

Contact:
Haim Beidenkopf, haim.beidenkopf@weizmann.ac.il

Date Posted:
Jun 14, 2017

Senior Optical Engineer

Company/Institution:
Savormetrics, http://savormetrics.com/

Job description:
Senior Optical Engineer

Qualifications:
optical design, free space and integrated optical elements

Contact:
Harjeet Bajaj, CEO, harjeet@savormetrics.com

Date Posted:
May 5, 2017

Optical Systems Engineer

Company/Institution:
Excelitas Technologies Corp., www.excelitas.com

Job description:
The applicant will lead an optics project and must have knowledge of electronics, thermal design and optics

Qualifications:
Graduate degree with optics experience

Contact:
Erik Sorensen, 905-812-4344, 1-800-668-8752, Erik.Sorensen@excelitas.com 

Date Posted:
May 3, 2017

Senior Optical Engineer

Company/Institution:
Thalmic Labs, https://www.thalmic.com/

Job description:
the applicant will lead an optics-based project

Qualifications:
Master’s or Ph.D.

Contact:
Carlos Smits, Talent Acquisition Manager, Thalmic Labs, 1-888-777-2546, carlos.smits@thalmic.com

Date Posted:
Apr 30, 2017

Systems Engineer

Company/Institution:
ATS, http://www.atsautomation.com/

Job description:
ATS is looking to add to their Systems Engineering group on a permanent basis. The best fit would be a Masters graduate with a background/interest/hobby in systems engineering (mechanical, optical, electrical knowledge) – a perfect fit for Engineering Physics.

Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Engineering Physics

Contact:
Dain Jensen, Recruiter, djensen@atsautomation.com

Date Posted:
Apr 17, 2017

CLOSED: Optical Engineer (Thin Film Coatings)

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE POSTINGS. 

Company/Institution:
Apple

Job description:
Apple is seeking an enthusiastic engineer to support display panel design and integration of Apple products by leading overall investigation on advanced display optical coatings. You will work with both suppliers and internal teams at Apple to shape the display related technologies that go into Apple products.

Qualifications:
Apple is looking for people who have a core knowledge of optics, thin films, and material science. MS or PhD in Optics, Engineering Physics, Material Science, Physics or equivalent with 3+ years of experience in related field.

Contact:
Avery Yuen, Apple, PPO Optics, avery_yuen@apple.com

Date Posted:
Mar 18, 2016

CLOSED: Electro-optics Engineer

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE POSTINGS. 

Company/Institution:
L3 Wescam, http://www.wescam.com/

Job description:
Experience in electro-optics

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s, M.A.Sc., or Ph.D.

Contact:
Vincent Hamel, Manager, Electro-Optical Engineering, L-3 Wescam, 905-633-4001 x2168, Vincent.Hamel@L-3com.com

Date Posted:
Sept 10, 2015

About Co-op

If you're interested in gaining experience while completing your degree, check out the info below!

Engineering Co-op and Career Services

High School Student Opportunities

What is Engineering Physics?

Engineering Physics is the investigation and application of fundamental principles of physics to create the next generation of technology. We are pushing the forefront of modern physics to better the world through technological advancement. We are solving the grand challenges of the future such as energy supply, human health, digital information and communications technology, and renewable energy.

The Department of Engineering Physics in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University includes opportunities in Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Geometrical Optics, Energy and Society, Quantum Mechanics, Biotechnology, and more.

The Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (LEAP) at McMaster offers 2-week summer programs in Engineering Physics. Students will conduct hands-on labs in Photonics, Nanotechnology, Nuclear Energy, and Biomedical Engineering.

Learn More Here!

The SHSM is a specialized High School program that allows grade 11 and 12 students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. Engineering Physics at McMaster offers opportunities in the following SHSM fields: (1) Energy, (2) Information and Communications Technology, and (3) Manufacturing. Contact the department for more information: macdonne@mcmaster.ca

The Department of Engineering Physics offers a High School Co-op program. The Co-op program allows students to conduct research with world-class faculty and facilities, and experience the university research and learning environment while earning High School credits.

 

How Do I Apply?

Submit a transcript of grades (credit counseling summary), a cover letter explaining why you want to do a co-op in Engineering Physics, and a short resume (1-2 pages) to Nicole Macdonald (macdonne@mcmaster.ca).  

The applicant should show proficiency in Math and Science, with an overall average of at least 88%. The department will review the application and schedule an interview if the student meets our academic requirements. Students eligible for this opportunity must be enrolled in their high school's co-op program.

Where Will I Work?

You will work in the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University. Depending on the project, you will be trained to work in state-of-the-art labs in various disciplines including nano- and micro-devices (nanotechnology), nuclear engineering, energy systems, biomedical engineering, or photonics.

Who Will be my Supervisor?

A faculty supervisor and project will be identified at the time of the interview depending on the applicant’s interests. 

What Projects Will I Work on?

Projects are available in nano- and micro-devices (nanotechnology), nuclear engineering, energy systems, biomedical engineering, and photonics.

Contact the department for more information.

Nicole Macdonald (macdonne@mcmaster.ca).  

Our undergraduate student Ambassadors represent our department and are knowledgeable about our undergraduate programs, the happenings within the department, and help give prospective students a personal and informative connection with The Department of Engineering Physics and the McMaster community at large. They act as ambassadors for current and prospective students’ questions and concerns, and serve as representatives at all relevant departmental, faculty, and university-wide events. If you have a question about the program, you can Ask an Ambassador.

Do you want to know what separates McMaster’s Engineering Physics program from the rest? Come join us for a personalized experience. What do you want to know about our program? What day and time works best for you? Who do you want to meet? What would you like to see? This is an opportunity for you to become better acquainted with your future. After submitting Your Request, we’ll match you up with an Ambassador who will be your Student For A Day guide. Your Ambassador will create an itinerary for your visit to Engineering Physics that encompasses the feedback you have provided to us. This program is open to Grade 11 and 12 High School students. You can read all about it here!

Available tours in the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University.

Biomedical Engineering Tour (20 minutes):

The Department of Engineering Physics specializes in biophotonics and biosensors. Biophotonics uses light for applications in medicine, biomedical engineering, life sciences, agriculture, and environmental science. The term biophotonics refers to a combination of biology and photonics, which is the science and technology of the generation, manipulation, and detection of photons. Photons are the quantum mechanical units of light. Biophotonics is being used for the study of biological molecules, cells and tissues for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Engineering Physics is also involved in the development and application of micro- and nano-sensors for the detection of DNA, proteins, viruses, and other biological materials. On this tour, you will explore our cleanroom fabrication facilities and see how our Engineering Physics students fabricate biomedical sensors. 

 

Nuclear Reactor Tour (60 minutes):

McMaster University’s nuclear reactor is the only large (5 Megawatts) nuclear reactor on a University campus, in operation since 1959. It is the second largest nuclear reactor at a University in North America. Bertram Brockhouse (Physics Nobel Laureate) completed some of his ground-breaking work using McMaster’s nuclear reactor. Like Bertram Brockhouse, Engineering Physics students perform experiments using McMaster’s nuclear reactor. On this tour, you will go inside our working nuclear reactor and see how nuclear energy is put to work.

Note: At least 2 weeks advance notice is required. Reactor tours require some planning before the event to get the appropriate parent/guardian consent (if the student is alone) and ensure that the prospective students have appropriate clothing for the reactor (flat, closed shoes and pants are the main requirements). The students (and anyone joining a tour) must have valid government ID.

 

Solar Energy Tour (20 minutes):

In addition to nuclear energy, Engineering Physics specializes in photovoltaic energy (solar electricity), which is the conversion of sunlight to electricity. On this tour, you will see the tools used for making a solar cell, understand how a solar cell works, and see the working solar cells fabricated by Engineering Physics students.

 

Nanotechnology Tour (20 minutes):

Devices that are constructed on the nanometre or micrometre scale are the technological backbone of the modern age of computers and high-tech communications. Since the introduction of the integrated circuit in the 1960’s, device components have decreased in size and cost at an exponential rate, while increasing in speed and capabilities. The rapid advances in computer capabilities have transformed the worldwide economy and have led to a more prosperous society. On this tour, you will experience a working cleanroom where nano-devices are being fabricated. See a micro-drone, a worm sorter, and other nano-devices.

 

Engineering Capstone Projects Tour (30 minutes):

Our Engineering Physics undergraduate students work on a final year project of their choosing. From medical robotics, stair climbers, and cancer detectors - come see what Engineering Physics students are capable of making. You can also view our Capstone Gallery here!

The Department of Engineering Physics specializes in Nanotechnology Engineering, Energy Systems
Engineering, Photonics Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

All of our Areas of Specialization can be found here!

Alumni Profiles

Here you can find Engineering Physics Alumni Profiles!

Parsian Mohseni (Click for more information)

Parsian Mohseni (Click for more information)

Parsian Mohseni completed his B.Eng. in Engineering Physics in 2005. He continued this work from 2011-2015 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Dr. Xiuling Li. 

Avery Yuen

Avery Yuen

Avery Yuen,  B.Eng.Mgt, Engineering Physics & Management, 2005, Ph.D, Engineering Physics, 2011.

Geordie Rose (Click for more information!)

Geordie Rose (Click for more information!)

Geordie graduated from McMaster with a B. Eng. from Engineering Physics in 1994 with a solid state devices focus.  He then earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia with Philip Stamp, studying the effects of nuclear spins on decoherence in molecular magnets. 

Chris Haapamaki  (Click for more information!)

Chris Haapamaki (Click for more information!)

Chris graduated with a B.Eng. in Engineering Physics in 2007. Finding research in the Department of Engineering Physics a very positive and engaging experience, Chris decided to pursue a Ph.D. under Prof. LaPierre’s supervision.

Engineering Physics Alumni, Joel Hilchey, was featured as the keynote speaker in the 2014 Student Leadership Conference.

Paul Kempf (Click for more information!)

Paul Kempf (Click for more information!)

Paul Kempf received a Master’s in Engineering Physics, specializing in opto-electronics, from McMaster University in 1984.

Lauren D\'Amico (Click for more information!)

Lauren D'Amico (Click for more information!)

Lauren D’Amico graduated from the Engineering Physics and Management program in 2005.

Zachary Strong (Click for more information!)

Zachary Strong (Click for more information!)

Zachary recently completed his sixth year of Engineering Physics & Management at McMaster University, where he is a well-known student leader. 

Ian Hill (Click for more information!)

Ian Hill (Click for more information!)

Ian Hill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics (B.Eng 04’) and was the first M.A.Sc McMaster graduate from the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) program (’06).

Dr. Robert Walker (Click for more information)

Dr. Robert Walker (Click for more information)

Following Dr. Walker's M.Eng in Engineering Physics and PhD in Electrical Engineering, Robert was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from McMaster University in 2013 and honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2015.