Material Characterization Specialist

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia

Who are we?

Svante is a rapidly growing clean energy technology company making commercial-scale carbon capture and removal a reality and enabling global industries to play offense in the fight against climate change that will accelerate the global transition to a lower-carbon economy. The growing success of our company is owed to our commitment to our people, our emphasis on our values, and our innovative technology. Passion is put into what we do every day.

Who are you? 

You feel passionate about changing the world and creating a better future for the next generations. You believe that climate change needs to be a bigger focus in order to protect our planet. You want to have a career with a high level of purpose that gives you opportunities to bring in innovation, work in collaborative teams and develop your knowledge. When faced with an issue you enjoy the problem-solving journey and looking for the most effective solution. Your colleagues are able to rely on you for support and to deliver on your promises. You multiply your value by developing those around you by leading and coaching through the company vision, mission and values. 

The Role: Material Characterization Specialist
Level Reports to:   Team Lead Characterization
Department:    Research and development

The Material Characterization Specialist carries out activities related to the sorbent quality control. The incumbent will handle data collection and technical oversight of sophisticated equipment used for research and quality control (scanning electron microscope, broad ion beam, dual beam electron microscope, TGA, etc.) for development of materials for CO2 capture. The incumbent carries out maintenance of instruments maximizes tool capability, maintains a detailed equipment operation guide and technical reports, and is expected to be available evenings or weekends about once a month, and to work offsite at least once per week at universities.

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

  • Operates various equipment including, but not limited to, a scanning electron microscope, broad ion beam, dual beam electron microscope, TGA and XRD.  
  • Collects data from tests and analyzes.  
  • Based on test results, decides if additional tests are required and carries them out.  
  • Maintains instruments and equipment.  
  • Maintains and updates the detailed equipment operation guide.  
  • Prepares technical reports.  
  • Makes recommendations to management for actions based on test results.  
  • Informs management of any issues that arise.  
  • Carries out other related tasks and projects as required


  • Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Biology, or related discipline.  
  • An equivalent combination of formal education, certificate/program of study and experience is acceptable.  
  • 2 years’ in a commercial or academic lab with at least 1 year operating electron microscopes or dual beam microscopes   
  • Ability to set up, test, and perform measurements using a wide variety of scientific equipment (ex. Electron microscope, dual-beam microscope, EDS, TGA, gas sorption units, FTIR, XRD, etc.)  
  • Excellent knowledge of preventative maintenance techniques for chemical, electronic, and mechanical systems  
  • Excellent knowledge of materials science characterization techniques  
  • Good knowledge of electrical and mechanical design pertaining to scientific equipment  
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  
  • Excellent knowledge of WCB and WHMIS safety guidelines  
  • Excellent organizational skills, and strong attention to detail  
  • Ability to prepare technical documentation related to the operation, configuration, and maintenance of complex and/or dangerous scientific equipment  
  • Ability to exercise mature judgement and initiative  
  • Ability to work independently on concurrent projects and meet deadlines   
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends about once per month  
  • Ability to travel locally at least once per week to universities, therefore a reliable car is needed 
  • Critical thinking skills and good judgment  
  • MS Office  

Be part of a team that is tackling one of the largest challenges of our generation. As a Svante employee, you will apply your talents in ways that make a difference in our world by directly contributing towards technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.