Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics
Summer 2018 job posting
Job number TR18-2-34

Position Title:

Upgrade of the ATLAS detector at the LHC 

Name of Project:

Upgrade of the ATLAS Muon System with Large Area Small Strip Thin Gap Chambers 


After the first two successful runs, the ATLAS Collaboration is engaged to exploit the full physics potential of the LHC scheduled to operate at increasing luminosities in the coming years. This will make the forward muon detector subject to high occupancies leading to problems in reconstructing forward muon tracks. It will also result in higher event trigger rates due to high levels of background rates. To address this, ATLAS will replace the forward muon detectors (called the muon wheels) with new high precision muon chambers that will have improved trigger capabilities which will allow for a reduction in the background levels.


- Quality control of large scale (1mx2m) printed circuit boards produced in industry

- HV insulation and conductivity tests

- Mechanical tests on planarity

- Precision measurements on produced boards using state of the art optical coordinate measurement machine

- Extended stays at company in Nevada for quality control

Skills learned during this work experience:

- Production processes of large area printed circuit boards

- Quality assurance procedures

- Working principles of thin gap chamber gas detectors

- Knowledge of experimental challenges related to particle physics


- Attention to detail
- Mechanical aptitude
- Use of excel, google drives, etc

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 TR18-2-34
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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