Astrophysics Group Postdoctoral Research Associate (DRAGON, TUDA, ...)

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Aug 06, 2022

Job Description

TRIUMF is Canada's particle accelerator centre, and one of the world's leading laboratories 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.

At TRIUMF, we're passionate about accelerating discovery and innovation to improve lives and build a better world. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to excellence and enhance our ability to create knowledge and opportunity for all. Together, we are committed to building an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the voices of our employees, students, partners, and the people and communities we serve.


To support scientific research and experiments connected to the DRAGON recoil separator and TUDA charged-particle array astrophysics program at ISAC (which includes the SONIK scattering target at the DRAGON Facility). The Postdoc will be expected to participate in other ongoing astrophysics efforts at TRIUMF connected to the Astrophysics Group and will be actively encouraged to pursue their own research ideas for these facilities and programs.

  • Participates in all DRAGON/TUDA-related experiments, providing support in data acquisition, analysis, and dissemination of scientific results for selected experiments.
  • Provides support and expertise in facility operation and maintenance, as well as DAQ and detector upgrades.
  • Will be required to occasionally supervise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participates in ongoing astrophysics efforts at TRIUMF connected to the Astrophysics Group.
  • Will be encouraged to use state-of-the-art stellar modelling software (NuGrid) to investigate nuclear reactions in various stellar environments as part of the DRAGON program.
  • Prepares reports and documentation.
  • Disseminates results as articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and at national and international conferences and workshops;

Provided the above roles are fulfilled, may spend around 20% of research time on alternative Astrophysics research topics relevant to the Group.


Extensive knowledge of the fundamentals of nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics including the operation of radiation detectors. Experience or familiarity with recoil separators and other relevant knowledge necessary to effectively fulfill the responsibilities of the role. Experience with scientific computing.


You will be required to successfully complete the TRIUMF in-house radiation safety training course and be designated as a TRIUMF Nuclear Energy Worker.


PhD in nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, or nuclear astrophysics obtained within 5 years.

TRIUMF is located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia, in the heart of Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, BC. We offer a competitive total compensation package, including comprehensive benefits, attractive salary, and an excellent opportunity to enhance your career portfolio in a high profile national research facility.

Learn more about how the amazing research and work we do at TRIUMF impacts humanity

TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Postdoctoral applications must:
  • Upload cover letter, brief statement of research interests, detailed CV with a list of publications
  • Arrange for 3 letters of reference sent directly to [email protected] and include JR number (JRXXXXXX) in subject line

Application closing date:
November 03, 2022

As a requirement of this position, the successful candidate will need to provide acceptable proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or demonstrate that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for reasons protected under the BC Human Rights Code. TRIUMF will grant reasonable accommodation requests up to the point of undue hardship.

It is important to note that due to operation necessity, TRIUMF will as needed, make hiring decisions that could pre-empt the application closing date. Accordingly, we suggest candidates submit expressions of interest in a timely fashion.

Contact information:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 604.222.1047
Fax: 604.222.3791

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