Postdoctoral fellow

Website CanLightSource Canadian Light Source

Job Number: 2019-28
Department: AOD
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Job Type: Term
Professional Areas: Physics

Reporting to the Machine Director, the successful candidate will aid in the development of a new “4th Generation” light source.  This source is expected to produce x-ray beams that will be hundreds of times more brilliant than the existing CLS facility.  Preliminary optics designs are already well developed.


  • Assist to verify and improve the existing designs with the aim to make a final choice of a new storage ring lattice for the Conceptual Design Report. This will be achieved through extensive beam optics calculations to enhance brilliance and transverse coherence.  As well, dynamic aperture will be optimized for beam lifetime and possible off-axis injection.  Further, beam dynamics calculations are required to evaluate the performance of possible RF cavities w.r.t. emittance growth, couple bunch modes and other instabilities.
  • Conduct experiments independently, analyze data, prepare research papers for publication, present findings at workshops and conferences.
  • Document methods such that results can be easily reproduced
  • May visit other light sources and accelerator laboratories that collaborate with the CLS – for example MAX IV, CERN and TRIUMF – for short terms for reporting and conducting laboratory experiments, subject to the need of work and the available funding.
  • Participate in the University of Saskatchewan Department of Physics and Engineering Physics Sub-atomic Physics Group studying electron accelerators for future light sources.


  • Ph.D. degree within the last 2-3 years or expected to receive degree in Physics or Engineering Physics in the near future.
  • Experience working with particle accelerators, analyzing experimental data from accelerators, as well as computer modelling of electromagnetic devices for particle accelerators.
  • Good publication record
  • Prior experience running experiments on accelerators with synchrotron light source related linac and storage ring machines is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate results, independence and self-motivation

Additional Information:

  • Working flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, is a requirement of the position.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • Registration with the College of Graduate Studies & Research is required. The stipend for the PDF falls within the guidelines set by the University of Saskatchewan (
  • This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal for further two years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

To Apply:   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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