Operator Lead

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.

CLSI is now accepting applications for an Operator Lead position as a member of our Machine Department. Reporting to the Accelerator Operations and Development Manager, the Operator Lead is responsible for the effective leadership, support, and coordination of their direct reports ensuring that the accelerator is operating within the conditions of the CLS license and performing routine operational tasks related to beam delivery.


  • Develops procedures for start-up, maintenance and operation of accelerator systems and associated beamlines to deliver beam safely, reliably and timely to scheduled experiments, in consultation with accelerator physicists, beamline scientists, and engineers.
  • Advises accelerator physicists and engineers on the performance and strategic plans for the maintenance, operations, and upgrades of the accelerator systems.
  • Initiates and leads projects related to improving the operations of the accelerator systems, coordinating with accelerator physicists and engineers to continuously improve performance.
  • Monitors work progress regarding meeting objectives and timelines. Works with the appropriate parties to plan accelerator operations parameters or the correction of specific problems, as required.
  • Assigns work, oversees productivity and quality of work, and assists with troubleshooting problems.
  • Prepares reports for AOD Manager to provide updates on projects, related work and key performance indicators pertaining to AOD.
  • Supervises and mentors their functional areas, manages scheduling, participates in the recruitment, selection, performance management, and professional development according to CLS policies and procedures.


  • A Bachelor degree in Physics or Engineering is required.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years in accelerator or similar high-tech or scientific facility operations.
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a lead or supervisory role is required.
  • Requires theoretical and conceptual knowledge in a specialized field, using expertise to help guide the work of skilled technical staff.

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 www.lightsource.ca/careers. Applications will be considered as of January 2nd, 2019, 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, aboriginal people, people with disabilities and visible minorities) to self-identify on their applications.


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