Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Summer 2018 job posting
Job number TR18-2-3

Position Title:

Integration and testing of the CANREB RFQ, Pulsed Drift Tube, and EBIS 

Name of Project:

CANadian Rare-isotope facility with Electron-Beam ion source (CANREB) project 


TRIUMF is enhancing its rare isotope production capabilities by creating a new scientific infrastructure known as the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL). A critical part of this expansion is the CANadian Rare-isotope facility with Electron-Beam ion source (CANREB) project which combines a high-resolution separator, a gas-filled radiofrequency quadrupole (RFQ) cooler and buncher, a pulsed drift tube (PDT), an electron beam ion source (EBIS) charge-breeder, and a Nier-type magnetic spectrometer to deliver pure rare isotope beam for post-acceleration. We are looking for a student to help with finalizing the standalone testing of the RFQ buncher, PDT, and EBIS, and the beginning of testing the above as an integrated system.


The work entails assisting with testing the equipment required for the CANREB RFQ, PDT and EBIS, and, once individual systems have been shown to work properly, running beam through them using an offline ion source. The equipment includes but is not limited to: vacuum pumps, valves, pressure readouts, gas flow controllers, RF circuits, cooling systems, electron sources, superconducting magnets, and static and switched DC circuits, with voltages ranging from a few hundred volts up to 60 kV.

Skills learned during this work experience:

The student will gain exposure to technology and techniques which are widely used in experimental work at particle, nuclear and accelerator based research facilities worldwide. They gain firsthand experience in areas such as vacuum technology and high voltage systems. This experience will provide an in-depth knowledge to the types of tools, materials, equipment, and technology relevant to the field. Furthermore, this project will help promote various transferrable skills such as the ability to finish tasks with speed, efficiency, and attention to detail as well as learn how to work collaboratively to complete complex tasks.

In addition, the results of the tests of the CANREB systems will be presented in a technical publication, and the student will be highly encouraged to present the results at a relevant conference.


Students with experience in (or an interest in) ion trapping and low energy (< 60 keV) ion beam transport are encouraged to apply. Useful skills include: experience with RF circuitry, general electronics, vacuum hardware, ion beam diagnostic tools, and using EPICS or similar control systems.

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.

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 TR18-2-3
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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