Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Summer Research Assistant Position at RMC

Posted: February 2, 2021
Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

Location: The internship will be held at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Kingston,
Ontario, in the laboratory of Professor Sabat in the Department of Physics and Space Science. For more information about the research group and the lab, please visit the following link

Dates: First week of May until mid-August 2021 (12 weeks).

Nature of the organization: The Royal Military College of Canada is the only federal university in Canada. All undergraduate students are military officers in training, while graduate students can be civilians (without any connection to the Canadian Armed Forces) or military officers. Most of the professors at RMC are civilians and have university research programs funded by various organizations such as NSERC.

Functions of the trainee: The Research Assistant will conduct experimental research in the laboratory of Professor Sabat. They will be trained to operate research equipment in optics and photonics. They will use lasers to inscribe optical nanostructures in photomechanical thin films and study their physical properties. They will prepare test samples utilizing specialized scientific equipment, such as spin coaters, glovebox chamber, metal layer sputter coater and evaporator, surface profiler, high-powered lasers, atomic force microscope, spectrometers, LabView programs, photodetectors and lock-in amplifiers, etc... The research goal is to conduct in-depth studies on the photomechanical effect (light activated motion) in azobenzene materials, and on the generation, propagation and enhancement of surface plasmon resonance at metal/dielectric interfaces. The fabricated plasmonic nanostructures will be used as biosensors, imagers and possibly in thin-film organic solar cells. Finally, the Research Assistant will put their research data clearly in Excel and write a summary report at the end of the internship.

Work environment: This is a good opportunity for a student to work in a research group that produces several publications every year. There is a good chance that the trainee will be coauthored on a scientific paper if the research is successful.

Specific requirements: The Research Assistant will be paid $6,000 from a NSERC USRA scholarship that the student can earn. In addition, Prof. Sabat will pay an extra $2,000. Therefore,the total for the duration of the internship is $8,000 given as stipends (non-taxed). For candidates applying from distant locations, the return flight from their city to Kingston will be paid for the successful candidate.

There are several NSERC USRA Scholarships available at RMC for this summer for undergraduate students at Canadian Universities (only one position in Prof. Sabat’s group). The higher the student's grades are, the higher the chances that they will get this scholarship. In past summers, every student chosen by Professor Sabat for this internship has won the NSERC USRA Scholarship.Preference will be given to students studying in Physics or in Engineering Physics, however, Prof. Sabat will accept applications from outstanding students in Electrical Engineering or Biotechnological Engineering.

Please send an email to Prof. Sabat { } with your C.V. and transcript. Please contact Prof. Sabat if you have any questions.


Summer Research Assistant Position