Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Summer 2018 job posting
Job number TR18-2-26

Position Title:

ARIEL-II Mechanical Testing and Structural Analysis student 

Name of Project:

Validation and design improvement of prototype target vessel designs at PHI stand. 


Concepts have been generated for the ARIEL target module that is the result of many hours of simulation, analysis, and prototyping. In addition, a test stand (Pumping and Heating Investigation Stand) is scheduled for start-up in the coming months which replicates the operation of the target vessel assembly. The goals of the PHI stand include heating a coin roll sized target to 2000 degrees in high vacuum, remote docking of target vessel to target station, proving performance of connectors, among others. The student will operate the test stand to experimentally validate designs arrived at through simulation and identify areas for improvement in both the design of the test stand and the target station.
The student will also perform limited design studies, using FEA for example, to optimize the mechanical design of specific subsystems and Target Module and Target Pit shielding.


Assist physicist with operation of the test stand and data collection.
Troubleshoot and design solutions for increasing effectiveness and efficiency of the PHI stand and ARIEL target station design.
Learn the intricacies of the test stand and generate documentation to train subsequent users.
Perform limited FEA analysis of subsystems and present analysis and conclusions to design team.
Limited Solidworks design of prototypes and improvements to existing designs.
Duties are flexible to some extent based on incumbent interest and motivation.

Skills learned during this work experience:

Gain hands on experience working with leading edge technology, with input and mentorship from world class physicists, engineers, and an on site machine shop, all in a facility pushing the bounds of science!
Troubleshooting and iterating the design of the PHI stand to gain better results, faster.
Understanding the scientific and high tech R&D environment.
Experience with vacuum systems and helium leak testing.
FEA structural analysis backed up with analytical calculations.
Collaborative engineering design in a fast paced R&D environment.


Mechanical or Integrated Engineering, or Engineering Physics

Shiftwork required:


Period of work:

May - Aug 2018 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.

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Email to:

Mail to:

TRIUMF Student Program
Job Number TR18-2-26
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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