Associate Scientist - Brockhouse

Job Number:
Material and Chemical Sciences
Saskatoon, SK
Job Type:
Full Time
Close Date:
Professional Areas:
Science - Material & Chemical

Canadian Light Source Inc. (CLSI) is Canada’s national synchrotron research facility located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 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.

The CLSI is now accepting applications to fill the position of Associate Scientist as a member of the Brockhouse sector team in the Science Division. The Brockhouse sector will be dedicated to x-ray diffraction and scattering for materials science. The Brockhouse sector consists of two side-bounce wiggler beamlines and an undulator beamline, all operable simultaneously and independently. The sector provides high flux of hard x-rays in the range of 5-94 keV for the study of a wide range of materials at room temperature and pressure or under extreme conditions.


  • Reporting to the Brockhouse sector Beamline Responsible, the Associate Scientist will take an active part in the final phase of commissioning and also in the current and future operation of the beamlines.
  • This will include setting up the beamline for experiments, programming, performing alignments, calibrations and measurements, basic data analysis, troubleshooting a variety of hardware instrumentation and beamline software, providing effective user support.
  • The candidate will also write manuals for beamline components and instructions for component installation, alignment and maintenance.
  • Working flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, is a requirement of the position.


  • Applicants must possess a minimum of a M.Sc. degree in a natural science or engineering discipline.
  • A Ph.D. degree and experience in complex electro-mechanical systems and synchrotron instrumentation would be considered strong assets.
  • Experience with X-ray diffraction and programming is required.
  • Experience with advanced instrumentation, ultrahigh vacuum systems and x-ray optics are an asset.
  • Applicants with less experience and knowledge may be considered at a Support Scientist level.
  • Good organizational skills are necessary, as well as the ability to interact and communicate effectively with users, technical and administrative staff.
  • Applicants should be self-directed and have the ability to perform tasks to completion without supervision.
  • This position shall be filled by an individual with a clear aptitude for science and instrumentation, and with a desire to participate in an active and exciting science program.

Remuneration: Remuneration and job classification (either as a Support or Associate level Scientist) will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package, including supplemental health & dental, health spending account, life insurance, pension plan, and four weeks’ vacation is part of a competitive compensation package.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume, along with references, in confidence, online at Applications will be considered as of October 28, 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).