Microwelding and smart materials


Position: Research Assistant Scholarship for MASc (two years), and PhD degree (four years), Postdoctoral fellow
Supervisors: Professor Y. Norman Zhou
Employer: University of Waterloo, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Work location: Waterloo
Starting date: Available immediately


The Centre for Advanced Material Joining (CAMJ) is currently engaged with Smarter Alloys Inc. (smarteralloys.com) to develop a revolutionary discovery that enhances the functionality of smart materials. We are currently working on several shape memory alloys (SMAs) devices for use in the medical, automotive, aerospace, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). This CAMJ research group is growing quickly and is seeking hard working students interested in working on cutting-edge research and development.

Alongside our development of SMA technologies, the CAMJ microwelding group explores similar and dissimilar joining of NiTi and other materials (stainless steel, titanium, platinum) commonly used in medical or electronic applications. Processes explored in the joining of these materials include pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding, fibre laser welding, and micro-resistance spot welding. This position provides a unique opportunity to work on research and develop of technologies and products with industry members and graduate students. Part of your work may include the development of novel prototypes utilizing leading edge technologies. The student will immediately apply their fundamental research by assisting in the design, construction, and testing of prototypes.


  • Degree in metallurgy engineering, materials science and engineering from a recognized university or institute is required.
  • Technical publication from the research work during the Master’s degree would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of electron microscopy (i.e. SEM and TEM) would be preferred.
  • We are looking to hire MASc, and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Interested candidates may e-mail their recent curriculum vitae along with transcript.


Professor Y. Norman Zhou
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada
Email: nzhou@uwaterloo.ca
Web: Norman Zhou