Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Summer 2018 job posting
Job number TR18-2-11

Position Title:

TIGRESS Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Name of Project:



TIGRESS -- the TRIUMF-ISAC Gamma-Ray Escape Suppressed Spectrometer -- is a state-of-the-art gamma-ray detector array. It consists of commercial, custom-built semiconductor and organic scintillator gamma-ray detectors. It is used for experiments studying the structure of exotic nuclei. These detectors require routine maintenance and occasional repair. Experiments require manpower for custom detector setups and for quality control, and typically, experiments run around the clock.


The general duty of the candidate shall be to assist in experiments performed with TIGRESS and to assist in the maintenance and setup of the array between experiments. Tasks may include: developing algorithms and codes to simulate experiments; setting up and calibrating detector elements; monitoring experimental data as it is collected; analyzing data after an experiment; testing detectors and associated equipment for out-of-specification performance, and subsequently, troubleshooting and fixing them. Detailed task assignment shall be based on the needs of the experimental program and the skills of the candidate. In this work term, it is anticipated that the main tasks will involve setting up the TIGRESS array in a new experimental location with the recoil separator EMMA, and optimization of a fast gas-filled ion counter. Each of these efforts enable new possibilities for high sensitivity experiments in nuclear structure.

Skills learned during this work experience:

Fundamentals of nuclear science; radiation measurement; data analysis; signal transmission and processing; vacuum and gas-handling systems


REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate shall have a minimum 5 terms of physics, engineering physics, mathematical physics, or engineering physics, and have demonstrated through course work an understanding of electrical circuit theory, measurement uncertainties and error propagation. The successful candidate shall have taken a 2nd year physics laboratory class, or discipline-specific equivalent.

IN ADDITION: Linux and C experience are valuable assets. Other experience relevant to this position include electronic assembly (soldering, antistatic practices, clean rooms), other fine assembly jobs, oscilloscopes, cryogenics, vacuum or turbine systems, light industrial, manufacturing or construction work, cranes.

Shiftwork required:


Period of work:

4 to 8 months based on mutual agreement with possible 4-month extension  
Salary is commensurate with academic progress and previous relevant work experience, and ranges from $ 2080 to $ 2800 per month plus 4% vacation pay.
TRIUMF pays round-trip airfare (this does not apply to Vancouver/Victoria students); for Vancouver Island students, TRIUMF will pay ferry costs.

TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from all qualified undergraduate students as defined below:

  • Canadian undergraduate students or Canadian Permanent Resident undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited post secondary institution in Canada (or outside Canada) who are studying in a vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate.
  • Foreign full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level, and who are studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration, and who have a valid Canadian study permit which allows for employment off-campus, and who have applied for a Social Insurance Number
  • Foreign undergraduate students enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program of study abroad who have accepted, or are in the process of accepting, an "Invitation to Apply" for a work permit under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program

Applications must be received at TRIUMF by 4:00pm Pacific time on 2018-01-22.

One complete PDF for EACH position must be submitted. Please save the PDF as lastname-job number (eg Smith-15.pdf)

Email to:

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TRIUMF Student Program
Job Number TR18-2-11
4004 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 2A3

No phone calls please. TRIUMF wishes to thank all applicants for their interest, and regrets that only those being considered will be contacted.

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