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Radiation Safety System Engineer

Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver

Posted 19 Days Ago1562208-1562210

Job Description

TRIUMF is Canada's particle accelerator centre, and one of the world's leading laboratories for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. We are an international centre for discovery and innovation, advancing fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research for science, medicine, and business.

Our Safety Systems Group (SSG), situated within our Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S), is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and calibration of a wide variety of different types of radiation monitors and laboratory detectors, and for the specification, design, implementation and maintenance of TRIUMF’s Radiation Safety Systems.  These systems protect personnel from radiation due to accelerator operation and generally consist of at least two separate sub-systems: an Access Control Interlock System that uses interlocks to keep people away from areas where prompt radiation levels are expected to be high during accelerator operation, and a Radiation Monitoring System that uses radiation detectors and other interlocks to measure and limit radiation levels in accessible areas outside shielding and barriers.  Both sub-systems involve software and hardware infrastructure of varying degrees of complexity, and because these are personnel protection systems there is a required adherence to a quality management system protocol that has been established to ensure they meet regulatory requirements and operate with a high degree of reliability.

At present, we are accepting applications for a Radiation Safety System Engineer who will be an integral part of the SSG.  This challenging career position will participate in the upgrade of existing ‘legacy’ systems as well as the installation and commissioning of new systems.  This position requires the incumbent to be trained and designated as a TRIUMF Nuclear Energy Worker (NEW), and specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Liaising with other TRIUMF specialists, end users and EH&S members and participating in the development and documentation of functional requirements for new safety systems
  • Designing, specifying and implementing interfaces to meet end user system requirements such as displays, alarms and data-logging utilities
  • Collaborating with other EH&S members in the specification, selection and calibration of a wide variety of radiation detectors
  • Collaborating in the design and implementation of proposals for upgrading old radiation safety system hardware and software
  • Assisting in the preparation of related budget, scheduling and testing documentation
  • Preparing system design documentation for regulatory agencies and presenting for approval in internal Design Reviews
  • Collaborating in the preparation of schematic diagrams and in the physical wiring of system interfaces

If this is the kind of work you are passionate about, tell us in your cover letter where your strengths lie and how you meet the following skills, knowledge and experience requirements:

  • Fluency in standard programming languages (C, C++, etc.), real time control systems, operating systems (Linux, WINDOWS), networking concepts, and basic database management
  • A detailed understanding of the Linux operating system, network infrastructure, and new workstation deployment
  • Knowledge of, or the aptitude to learn, EPICS, the set of software tools used to create real time control systems for particle accelerators
  • Knowledge of, or the aptitude to learn, the principles and instrumentation used in radiation detection and/or an understanding of radiation protection and dose limits
  • The desire for a combination of both ‘hands on, in the field’ installation work and off-line development system work, and the ability to be flexible and work under pressure and within time constraints
  • Excellent trouble shooting skills and the ability to provide suggestions and solutions for problems, combined with strong technical writing skills that are supported by a good understanding of scientific terminology
  • A BSc in science/applied science or an engineering discipline and at least 5-8 years of relevant engineering/instrumentation experience after graduation, or the equivalent combination of education and experience

TRIUMF offers a creative, diverse and inclusive team environment working with brilliant individuals. We are located in Pacific Spirit Park on the campus of the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, BC. On-site amenities include a café and secure bicycle storage.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, a competitive starting salary, and an excellent opportunity to enhance your career portfolio in a high profile national research facility. 

Applicants must be legally able to work in Canada on a permanent basis (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident).

TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Your complete application package should be submitted by email to recruiting@triumf.ca and will include the following in one complete PDF file:

Applications will be accepted until 2018-03-23


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