Targets Physicist Position at TRIUMF

Physicist - ARIEL Targets

Located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia, 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 TRIUMFÇÖs research programs, which consists of molecular and materials science, nuclear medicine, and nuclear physics and astrophysics. 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) which will expand TRIUMFÇÖs (and CanadaÇÖs) capabilities to produce and study isotopes for physics and medicine. ARIEL will include a new high power electron linear accelerator as a driver for the production of rare isotopes via photo fission, and a second target for an additional proton beam line.

In support of these activities, our Targets and Ion Sources group has an immediate opening for a Physicist who will develop and model ARIEL isotope production targets to be integrated into the new electron photofission and proton target stations and the corresponding target ion source systems. The first project in this context will be developing a BeO target system for 8Li production driven by the ARIEL e-LINAC.


  • Model and optimize BeO target configurations for e-LINAC driven 8Li production in order to derive a prototype target ion source system for 8Li production at ARIEL.
  • Integrate the optimized target ion source design into the ARIEL target hall and front end design through collaboration with the ARIEL team
  • Play a leading role in the specification, development and implementation of a photofission converter and target for high power electron beams
  • Contribute to the development of a two stage 50kW proton->neutron converter target.
  • Report scientific results at relevant conferences and publish in refereed journals.
  • Provide technical oversight to students, scientific visitors, or technical staff when required

Job Factors:

  • Some international travel may be required
  • Occasional shift work
  • Occasional work in radiation environments requires on-site radiation safety training, and designation as a TRIUMF Nuclear Energy Worker

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of experimental nuclear physics, ion sources, vacuum systems, ion optics and beam-matter interaction.
  • Specific knowledge in the areas of simulation software packages (MCNP, FLUKA, EGS, etc.) and CAD software will be considered an asset.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, basic computer and electronics skills, and an understanding of mechanical design principles.
  • Demonstrated initiative, self-motivation and attention to detail; the ability to work effectively as a team member and with individuals from diverse and varying backgrounds and education levels.
  • PhD in experimental nuclear or applied physics or equivalent, and at least 3 years of experience in a related field preferable at an ISOL facility.


  • Comprehensive health benefits and retirement pension plan
  • 3 weeks annual vacation to start, increasing to 4 weeks after 2 years (plus paid time off between Christmas and New Years)
  • 35 hour work week
  • salary commensurate with training and experience, and based on internal equity

Please note that while the position is open to all qualified applicants, in the case of equal qualifications, preference may be given to a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

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 as noted below, and will include the following:

TRIUMF Human Resources (Comp. # 424)

All documents must be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • PDF (preferred)
  • Plain Text
  • Microsoft Word

Applications will be accepted until 2014-03-21

TRIUMF Human Resources, 2014-02-18

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