Accelerator Physicist (two-year term)

Website CanLightSource Canadian Light Source

Job Number: 2021-27
Department: Machine
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Job Type: Term
Close Date: 06/07/2021
Professional Areas: Physics

The Canadian Light Source Inc. (CLSI) is the national synchrotron research facility on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. This facility produces high-intensity synchrotron light, millions of times brighter than sunlight, to explore the nature and structure of molecules and serves national and international users from academia, industry, and government institutions. The CLS facilitates scientific research aimed at finding solutions for global challenges in agriculture, health, advanced materials, and the environment.

CLS is now accepting applications to fill a two-year term position for an Accelerator Physicist, as a member of the CLS2 Technical Design Project in the Machine Division. Reporting to the Machine Director, the successful candidate is responsible for developing designs and computer simulations of electron sources for the Technical Design Report to fulfil the needs of the machine and science requirements. Experimental accelerator physics expertise will also be used to design and commission electron sources in the Electron Source Lab. Knowledge transfer to CLS staff and students of electron sources and relevant physics simulations codes will be required as part of regular duties.


  • Perform computer simulations of electron sources.
  • Design of electron sources and accelerators to meet the needs of the CLS2 machine and science requirements.
  • Train CLS staff and students in specialised electron source designs, computer simulations, design techniques and use of accelerator simulation codes for electron sources.
  • Write the relevant sections on electron sources, accelerators, electron gun requirements and design in the Technical Design Report for CLS2.
  • Conduct experiments in the Electron Source Lab.
  • Provide expert advice on the analysis, design, planning and implementation of accelerator system upgrades.
  • May utilize machine development shifts to perform studies worthy of publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Develop skills in the technical understanding of the components of a large lightsource facility and how they are constructed.
  • Develop a network in the lightsource, accelerator and scientific facility community to help review, inform and assist in the CLS2 design effort.
  • Document accelerator designs for electron in relevant sections of the CLS2 Technical Design Report.
  • Document experimental designs and results of equipment used in the Electron Source Lab in internal reports, conference proceedings and journal publications.
  • Contribute to commissioning CLS2 test e-gun equipment in Electron Source Lab


  • PhD in Physics and a minimum 10 years’ related experience
  • Extensive theoretical and conceptual knowledge in a specialized field
  • Experience as a consultant and mentor
  • Experience with PIC simulations for RF electron accelerators
  • Experimental accelerator physics experience in building and running particle accelerator experiments

Remuneration: Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package, including supplemental health & dental, life insurance, pension plan, four weeks’ vacation and relocation allowance is part of a competitive compensation package.

To Apply: Submit a resume along with references, in confidence, online at Applications will be considered as of June 7, 2021. While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please contact Mark Boland, Machine Director, at for further information or questions related to this position.

Canadian Light Source Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages members of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and visible minorities) to self-identify on their applications.

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