Instrumentation Analyst

  • Engineer
  • Full Time
  • Scientist
  • Software specialist
  • Saskatoon, Canada

Website CanLightSource Canadian Light Source

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.

Reporting to the Beam Instrumentation Lead in the AOD department, the successful candidate is responsible for supporting accelerator operation and development by designing, implementing and operating beam instrumentation. The Instrumentation Analyst collaborates with the Controls and Instrumentation Department to ensure consistency in and coordination of the software development efforts across department boundaries.

The purpose of the instrumentation development is to monitor and improve the performance and the reliability of the machine. Occasional shift work is required to test the software during machine development shifts or to assist and train accelerator physicists in the operation of newly developed instrumentation.


  • Define and document requirements for instrumentation systems.
  • Work collaboratively with the Instrumentation personnel, Accelerator Physicists, Project Leader, contractors, and vendors to design instrumentation systems (hardware and software) or select off-the-shelf components.
  • Participate in machine development activities in support of other AOD groups
  • Design custom components such as detectors and electronics and provide technical advice on the procurement of off-the-shelf instrumentation.
  • Develop software (drivers, applications, GUIs) to integrate beam instrumentation into the EPICS control system. This includes debugging, testing and documentation.
  • Participate in the prototyping, installation, testing, and commissioning of new instrumentation for accelerator and diagnostic beamlines.
  • Develop budgets for upgrades and enhancements to instrumentation and participate in tender evaluations when required.
  • Maintain, operate and support existing beam instrumentation systems.
  • Develop quality assurance procedures and manuals for instrumentation systems and their custom-designed components.
  • Maintain an awareness of literature and other sources of information to remain current with developments in instrumentation systems.
  • Actively represent CLS in the international scientific community through presentations/ proceedings and peer reviewed publications.


  • An undergraduate degree in Physics, Engineering (Electrical, or Software), or Computer Science.
  • Previous hands-on experience with instrumentation (development or integration) required.
  • Experience in an accelerator instrumentation related domain (diagnostic, detectors, control system) is a strong asset.
  • Software development experience, particularly in EPICS, is a strong asset.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) are required

Remuneration: Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package, including supplemental health & dental, life insurance, pension plan, and four weeks’ vacation 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 March 22, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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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