Competition # 364

Laboratory Assistant (Targets and Ion Sources)

TRIUMF, Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, is one of the leading accelerator centers worldwide exploring the structure of matter with a variety of accelerated particle beams. The 500 MeV cyclotron provides the primary proton beams that are used for the majority of TRIUMF's research programs, which consists of molecular and materials science, nuclear medicine, and nuclear physics and astrophysics within our ISAC facility. ISAC is a rare isotope beam (RIB) production and acceleration facility with the highest power driver beam in the world, producing some of the most intense RIBs of certain species. TRIUMF is currently expanding to construct the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL) that will expand Canada's capabilities to produce and study isotopes for physics and medicine.

Your opportunity to be a part of the TRIUMF team starts here as Laboratory Assistant with our ISAC Beam Development Group. Reporting directly to the ISAC Target Scientist you will be responsible for performing a wide range of laboratory tasks to facilitate and support the target production and R&D work. Key areas of responsibility will include the fabrication of actinide and non-actinide target material, quality control, maintenance of laboratory infrastructure including glove boxes, laser cutter, furnaces, etc, laboratory supplies and waste management, documentation and record keeping. You will also have opportunities to collaborate on target & ion source development activities, deliver ISAC production targets when necessary and maintain materials inventories and documentation required for targets. You will be expected to take responsibility for housekeeping of the Chemistry & Radiochemistry Laboratories, including keeping the workplace clean and tidy, maintaining and cleaning laboratory equipment and lab supplies, maintaining relevant materials inventory, and preparing reports as requested.

Your skill set includes the ability to understand and accurately follow the standard operating procedures to handle uranium, to operate the laboratory instruments such as the ISAC Evaporators, laser cutter, and to perform laboratory equipment setups, along with a sound knowledge of routine chemical laboratory techniques and practices, and the ability to work both independently and as an effective team member. An understanding of electricity as it may relate to laboratory practices will be useful in understanding various mechanical and power systems, and alignment techniques. Oral and written communication skills and an ability to plan for routine operation and adapt to changing priorities in a research environment are all necessary in order to be effective in this position. The position requires you to take the TRIUMF in-house radiation protection safety training to become designated as a Nuclear Energy Worker (NEW).

Our ideal candidate has a technical diploma in chemistry and at least 1 year practical experience in scientific or research related work, or the equivalent combination of relevant education and training, including an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Material Sciences. You must be legally able to work in Canada; a permanent resident or Canadian Citizen.

TRIUMF is a unique place to work and this is an excellent opportunity to further enhance your career portfolio in a high profile national research facility. Check out our Career pages to see why you should consider joining TRIUMF:

TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Your complete application package should be submitted by email to and will include the following in one complete PDF file:

Applications will be accepted until 2013-02-26

TRIUMF Human Resources, 2013-02-04

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