Postdoctoral Fellowship in Design and Prototyping of Optomechanical Measurement Systems

ENG Mechanical Engineering

Competition No.  -    A107447431
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Design and Prototyping of Optomechanical Measurement Systems (in person, in Edmonton, Alberta Canada).

NOTE: Please check Eligibility criteria first and then apply. We can consider your application only if you meet all of them.

Optical diagnostics group (ODG) in collaboration with iClassifier Inc., is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join our R&D team in the area of optomechanical design, visualization and artificial intelligence. The successful candidate is expected to start between 20 March to 1 May 2022 and will conduct industry related research in smart agriculture product system design and development. The candidate should have experience with hands-on prototyping, programming, instrumentation, intelligent process planning and optimization for optical measurement processes. The candidate must have a research focus, evidenced through published peer-reviewed articles or thesis, in the following areas:

  • Optomechanical design and experimentation
  • Visualization and image/video processing
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Programming

Candidate Profile

The position requires a self-starting researcher with a proven record of accomplishment of publications. The candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills evident through high-quality journal publications in the relevant research areas. The candidate must be able to work and lead in both a team-oriented environment or as an individual.

Skills and Requirements:

  • PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or a related engineering discipline
  • Experience with optomechanical design (mounting optical components into mechanical housings)
  • Prior experience with optical measurement techniques and imaging systems (industrial depth cameras, extrinsic camera calibration, light source, synchronization, lenses, etc.)
  • Knowledge of motion analysis, metrology, depth map imaging
  • Proficiency in programming in Python and MATLAB for data/image/video processing and analysis
  • Proficient in CAD/CAM packages such as SOLIDWORKS (including parametric design, animation, rendering)
  • Knowledge of manufacturing techniques (machining, 3D printing, etc.)
  • GD&T, drawing creation, and rapid prototyping for high precision design
  • Experience in commissioning the test rigs, defining SOPs, calibration, error analysis
  • Experience in working with DAQ devices, data communication protocols, and implementing data acquisition systems for data collection and transferring
  • Familiarity and working experience with standards for designing mechanical parts, prototyping and design optimization
  • Ability to work with minimal direction and manage a project independently from start to finish
  • Being comfortable with performing the research activities (installation of mechanisms, data collection, etc.) in a farm and in the presence of livestock
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, including demonstrated leadership qualities and interaction with collaborators
  • Strong project management and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills and capability of working in a fast-paced work environment
  • Comfortable doing hands-on work in the lab to assemble prototypes, solder electronics, instrumentation, and troubleshooting issues

Assets to have:

  • Prior experience with Mechatronics and Motion Control
  • Prior experience in working with machine learning, especially deep learning and neural networks
  • Proficiency in programming microcontrollers such as Raspberry Pi or Arduino using C++


  • Working, communicating, and collaborating with a cross-functional team of engineers and animal scientists
  • Support the evaluation and characterization of mechanical and optical components and system integrations by creating custom optical fixtures
  • Design and Fabricate Machines, 3D modeling, Schematics and Layout, Machine Assembly and Repair, Machine Upgrades, Prototype Development
  • Conceptual design and mechanical and optical design for the target device
  • Prototyping and optimization of the design for mass manufacturing
  • Work with other engineers to get requirements and implement that into mechanical CAD
  • Ability to design custom parts in a timely manner for prototyping Developing SOP for experiments and data collection
  • Writing progress reports and creating technical documentation
  • Collaborate with the larger research team to explore concepts and drive optical system development to create compelling experiences
  • Programming for collecting data from optical devices and developing proper data transfer
  • Image analysis for depth and distance measurement


The candidate MUST meet Mitacs program eligibility criteria for postdoctoral fellows. The applicant should be within 5 years of their PhD date of graduation and must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Other Notes:

  • This position is full time and requires a minimum commitment of 40 hours per week.
  • Travel maybe required
  • The maximum term of the employment is 2 years with the possibility of 1-year extension.
  • The position is not remote and the successful candidate must be in Edmonton AB on the starting date.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required.

Pay: $60k annually ($45k stipend + $15k research expenses)

How to Apply:

To apply, the candidates may email the application package to Dr. Reza Sabbagh ( The email subject should be Application to Optomechanical PDF position and the application package should contain a single PDF file with the file name in the format OptomechanicalPDF_lastname_firstname.pdf containing the following:

  • A cover letter
  • An academic CV (maximum 4 pages) including a minimum of three references (including PhD supervisor)
  • Copies of degree transcripts
  • Copies of maximum 2 relevant journal publications related to the research area (most relevant and impact)
  • One-page research statement showing your fit with the described areas and a plan for future research

The review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.