Competition # 499

Associate Lab Director, Physical Sciences

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. We are an international centre for discovery and innovation, advancing fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research for science, medicine, and business. Owned and operated by a university consortium, TRIUMF trains and inspires future leaders in science and technology. Our laboratory is a hub for inquiry and ingenuity, a Canadian centre of excellence deeply integrated into the global scientific community. TRIUMF's multidisciplinary team of over 500 staff and trainees collaborates with Canadian and international users who visit the laboratory to leverage our world-class facilities. Together, we drive compelling research and develop ideas and innovations that benefit humanity.

The TRIUMF facilities include the Isotope Separator and Accelerator (ISAC), our flagship scientific centre for radioactive ion beam (RIB) research, with the world's highest intensity isotope separation on-line (ISOL) facility enabling an array of cutting edge experiments including TITAN, TIGRESS, IRIS, GRIFFIN, DRAGON, TUDA, EMMA, TRINAT, and beta-NMR. We are presently constructing the Advanced Rare-Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL), which will greatly expand our radioactive isotope program, providing three simultaneous rare ion beams to fully exploit the ISAC infrastructure. The ARIEL complex will enable world-leading explorations in nuclear physics, astrophysics, and fundamental symmetries, and greatly expand our material science program by increasing access to beta-NMR to complement our existing muSR program. In addition, TRIUMF continues to support Canadian leadership in international scientific collaborations such as ATLAS at the LHC, the antihydrogen ALPHA experiment, the Japan-based neutrino T2K collaboration, and the on-site Ultra-Cold Neutron Project. Furthermore, TRIUMF facilitates large-scale detector development and construction efforts, staffs Canada's ATLAS Tier-1 centre, and hosts a dynamic theory group in both nuclear and particle physics.

TRIUMF strives to provide exceptional opportunities to curious, creative, and resourceful people, who will collaborate and innovate to address compelling questions and push the boundaries of knowledge and ingenuity.

The Opportunity
We are presently seeking to integrate into our community an internationally recognized physicist with superb scientific and leadership skills who will be appointed as TRIUMF's Associate Laboratory Director, Physical Sciences Division (ALD-PS). The Division advances TRIUMF's mission through the orchestration and execution of the laboratory's world-class scientific program in particle and nuclear physics and molecular and materials sciences.

As a Board Appointed TRIUMF employee and member of our Senior Leadership Team, you are a passionate leader, skilled at working with and motivating a multidisciplinary team in the pursuit of scientific excellence. Additionally, you will represent and promote TRIUMF and its science program on the world-stage through international collaborations, partnerships, conferences, and forums.

How You Will Make an Impact

  • You will provide leadership and vision in overseeing the Physical Sciences program in both an operational and scientific capacity, with the ability to advocate for the science to sponsors and stakeholders, and the responsibility for building and developing a diverse and talented team in your Division and across the laboratory.
  • You will take initiative to lead and develop a Division capable of achieving established goals within available resources, providing direction to all divisional department heads, which include Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Molecular and Material Science, Science Technology, and Theory
  • You will oversee and transition beam scheduling for experiments as ISAC moves from a single user to multi-user facility to fully exploit the advanced ARIEL capability
  • You will take advantage of the emerging opportunities with the ARIEL facility, as well as the existing ISAC facility, to develop the world-leading RIB physics program at TRIUMF
  • You will ensure that the safety and quality standards of TRIUMF experiments are consistent with the TRIUMF standard operating procedures
  • You will participate collaboratively in defining the science goals and development strategies for the laboratory
  • You will ensure Canadian leadership in major international particle physics experiments, in advanced detector development and construction, and in high performance computing relevant to those experiments
  • You will develop the molecular and material science program, exploiting the world-class muSR and beta-NMR facilities to build a robust user community
  • You will oversee a dynamic theory program in nuclear and particle physics to drive new discoveries
  • You will play a lead role in decision-making, strategic planning, and risk mitigation for the Division, and in developing and managing budgets for operations, research development, and new initiatives
  • You will steward close relationships with senior physicists and contacts at TRIUMF's member universities
  • You will actively promote collaborations with international partners and foster strong working relationships with scientists and senior-level contacts at other laboratories, related institutions, federal and provincial governments, and professional organizations of scientists using TRIUMF's facilities throughout Canada and the world (e.g. IPP, CINP, CAP, etc.) sharing common interests
  • You will actively engage with governing, advisory, and regulatory bodies, in addition to overseeing the Subatomic Physics Experiment Evaluation Committee and the Molecular and Material Sciences Experiment Evaluation Committee
  • You will identify opportunities for tech transfer/commercialization of relevant technologies and work for others
  • You may pursue your own research program, apply for NSERC funding grants, supervise graduate students, and teach undergraduate or graduate courses in affiliated universities
Competencies You Will Bring to the Role
  • The capacity to develop an in-depth understanding of TRIUMF's science program and its place in the international research context and the ability to effectively advocate for the science to sponsors and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities underpinned by the visionary skills and forward-thinking mindset required to develop future programs while taking advantage of emerging opportunities such as those enabled by the ARIEL facility
  • Outstanding general operational management skills coupled with the ability to forge consensus
  • Flexibility to see the "bigger picture" while willing to roll up your sleeves
  • A record of achievement grounded in sound decision-making, good judgment, and effective problem solving necessary for the decisions and issues encountered day-to-day and long-term
  • First-rate project management skills and experience controlling scope, cost, schedule, and risk
  • A sense for what is doable and what is too risky, and an understanding of impacts on team morale
  • The ability to keep TRIUMF's reputation and image in mind at all times and to keep TRIUMF at the forefront of research and innovation
  • Dedication, initiative, inquisitiveness, and cooperation
  • Exceptional communication, collaboration, tact, interpersonal, and relationship building skills
  • Internationally recognized accomplishments, leadership, and management experience
  • A Ph.D. in nuclear or particle physics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and training
  • An excellent opportunity to make an impact and enhance your career portfolio while working in a high profile internationally renowned research facility
  • Numerous opportunities to connect science to society in meaningful ways
  • Collaborative and community-focused work environment, committed to excellence and diversity
  • A competitive compensation and benefits package, equivalent to that of a full professor at a Canadian university
  • An opportunity to work and live in a world-class city
  • The opportunity to apply for (peer-reviewed) funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and adjunct professor eligibility in our associated universities. A full academic appointment with a TRIUMF-affiliated university can also be considered.
For additional details associated with the positon, please click here to view the formal job description.

As a Board Appointed Employee, you will be a permanent member of TRIUMF's scientific staff. Your term as Associate Laboratory Director will run for five years, and be renewable subject to mutual consent. Specific questions regarding position responsibilities or qualifications may be directed to Dr. Michael Roney, Chair of the Search Committee at: (Do not send applications to Dr. Roney)

How to Apply
TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. In support of our diversity goals we encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or physical challenges. Please note that in the case of equal qualifications, preference may be given to a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Your complete application package should be submitted by email to and will include the following in one complete PDF file:

The review of applications will begin on March 1st, 2016 and the position will remain open until filled.

TRIUMF Human Resources, 2015-12-31

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