Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Summer 2018 job posting
Job number TR18-2-13

Position Title:

Researcher in theoretical/computational subatomic physics 

Name of Project:

First principles theory for exotic nuclei with connections to neutrino and dark-matter physics 


This project will focus on the development and application of powerful theoretical methods to explore fundamental questions on the structure of exotic nuclei, or more far-reaching connections to neutrino and dark-matter physics. The student will first gain familiarity and build confidence working with the basic ingredients of such calculations: nuclear forces and their connection to the underlying theory of strong interactions (quantum chromodynamics), and nuclear many-body methods to predict properties of medium-mass nuclei. Depending on particular interests, the student will have the exciting opportunity either to design and implement an extension to the existing computational infrastructure, work on computationally optimizing existing codes, or perform a series of calculations which will confront directly with experiments being performed at TRIUMF or other prominent experimental facilities across the world.


The student will perform calculations, organize and interpret results, and work on implementing or testing extensions to existing codes. The student will also be encouraged to take part in group and lab-wide activities, such as colloquia, seminars, and journal clubs, and to interact with experimental colleagues, with whom they will have daily contact on-site at TRIUMF.

Skills learned during this work experience:

The student will learn to run and interpret leading-edge nuclear theory calculation, where emphasis will be placed on organizing and effectively communicating scientific results. With the latest advances in high-performance computing and optimization algorithms at her/his disposal, the student will gain experience with parallel-computing techniques such as OpenMP and MPI and work on some of the world’s largest supercomputers. Finally, there will be ample opportunities to further hone scientific writing and presentation skills.


The ideal applicant will have mastered material encountered in introductory quantum mechanics courses and be familiar with concepts such as eigenvalues, wavefunctions, operators, unitary transformations, and angular-momentum algebra. Furthermore, some computing experience is required, with fluency in either C++ (preferred) or Fortran highly desirable.

Shiftwork required:


Period of work:

4-8 months 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:

Mail to:

TRIUMF Student Program
Job Number TR18-2-13
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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