Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Summer 2018 job posting
Job number TR18-2-12

Position Title:

Nuclear Medicine Target Research Assistant 

Name of Project:

Ac-225 production target development 


Ac-225 is a sought after isotope with demonstrated ability to effectively treat late-stage cancers. While access to Ac-225 remains scarce due to limited global production and high cost, TRIUMF’s 500 MeV cyclotron has the potential to one of the most potent future sources of this isotope. Our division is currently developing production of this isotope on BL1A that will secure an Ac-22 supply for our own researchers, our collaborators, and for potential commercialization.


The successful candidate will assist in target research including the design, modelling, and documentation of an improved target design that will enable safe yet optimal production of Ac-225. If the design is successful he/she will be involved in publishing the results.

Skills learned during this work experience:

Basic knowledge in medical physics and isotope production will be acquired, as will familiarity with specialized software applications for thermodynamic modelling, mechanical modelling, and Monte Carlo simulations. Mechanical skills, drawing skills, design skills, writing skills, and project management skills will be improved or learned.


The successful candidate must have a background in engineering physics, engineering, or physics. Experience in mechanical assembly and familiarity with applications such as SolidWorks, ANSYS CFX, ANSYS Mechanical, FLUKA, or MATLAB are considered an asset.

Shiftwork required:


Period of work:

May - Aug 2018  
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:

Mail to:

TRIUMF Student Program
Job Number TR18-2-12
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.

TRIUMF is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia.
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