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Nanoscience Co-op Student Information

About The Program

Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary science focusing on science at the molecular or atomic level. The term nanoscience generally refers to materials of 100 nm or smaller. The integration of chemistry and physics at the nanoscale will help prepare students to create, control and understand the properties of matter and materials. Nanoscience supports nanotechnology, advanced materials research, efficient energy productions, and storage will be crucial to the development of new materials and devices with a wide range of applications.

Why Co-op?

As a co-op student, you will gain relevant work experience, build professional networks, and develop essential interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the workplace, all while getting paid and earning your university degree. Guelph’s co-op program is unique due to the exceptional level of support provided throughout the co-op experience. Students will complete a comprehensive course preparing them for the co-op employment process, and will receive guidance from a knowledgeable team of staff dedicated to their development and success.

Course Sequencing








Acquired Knowledge & Skills


A firm foundation in Chemistry, Physics and Calculus, as well as nanoscale properties of material. 


Experience in a laboratory working with various types of microscopy. Well-developed analytical and computer literacy skills. 


Exceptional laboratory and teamwork experience.

Sample Jobs

There is a diverse selection of jobs made available to Nanoscience co-op students, in government, academia, and the private sector within various industries. You may conduct research, participate in literature searches, or may assist in data collection and analysis. Students may work in a laboratory and/or in an office or field environment. Below are some examples of past Nanoscience co-op positions:

Nanomaterials Analyst

The student will conduct a research project on a specific nanomaterial (e.g. nano silver, nano zinc oxide). This will involve gathering literature and extracting data on the nanomaterial’s physical-chemical properties and its ecotoxicological fate and effects. The student will also enter key endpoints in a database, examine the data, and write a report summarizing the findings and identifying any data gaps.

Student Assistant

The student will assist in the research of new bio-based adhesives by reviewing scientific literature through citation databases, synthesizing new adhesive formulations, and conducting mechanical and thermal analysis characterization tests using various types of laboratory equipment.

Co-op Research Assistant

The student will investigate the role of bone-associated proteins in modulating mineral crystal formation. Responsibilities include acquiring the technical skills to properly utilize the Dynamic Light Scatter Goniometer, and depending on the acquired data, additional analysis by a Constant Composition Assay System. The student will also assess the effects of specific proteins or peptides on calcium phosphate formation, to convert the raw data into appropriate figures and provide monthly written reports.

Additional Sample Jobs: Research Assistant, Test Technician, Student Chemical Technologist, Internship – Biomaterials, Nanoscience Co-op Student, and more.

Sample Employers*

  • University of Guelph - Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry
  • Myant Incorporated
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada

*This shows a sample of recent co-op employers and will vary depending on employer recruitment needs. During a job search, students are encouraged to be actively engaged and are supported in establishing and maintaining their own personal contacts.

Salary Information

Students receive compensation from their employer for co-op work terms. The rate of pay will vary depending on a number of factors including the industry, the student’s program of study, and work term level. For your reference, a Co-operative Education Salary Guide is available on our website, which provides hourly rates (averages and ranges) for each degree program.