Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Summer 2018 job posting
Job number TR18-2-31

Position Title:

Nuclear Medicine Research Assistant 

Name of Project:

228Th/212Pb generator production and radiolabeling 


212Pb (t1/2 = 10.6 h) is a potential isotope for use in targeted alpha therapy, an emerging technique with a demonstrated ability to effectively treat late-stage cancers. 212Pb can be obtained from the decay of 228Th (t1/2 = 1.9 y), which TRIUMF has already produced in substantial quantities as a by-product of 225Ac production on BL1A. Despite the isotope’s availability, neither the development of a 228Th/212Pb generator nor the application of 212Pb in potential radiopharmaceuticals has yet been performed at TRIUMF.


The successful candidate will first assist in development of procedures for isolation of 212Pb from existing 228Th supplies. Once established, the ability of labeling various ligands with 212Pb will then be studied. The student is expected to be involved in publishing the results.

Skills learned during this work experience:

Basic knowledge in nuclear medicine and radiochemistry will be acquired, as will familiarity with techniques such as radionuclide generators, gamma spectroscopy, and radiolabeling. Laboratory skills, experimental design skills, writing skills, and project management skills will be improved or learned.


The successful candidate must have a background in chemistry. Experience in radiochemistry is considered an asset.

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 TR18-2-31
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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