Position Description

2020 Winter Student- Physics Engineering Student (#895)
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is bringing together the finest minds to form a diverse, vibrant and dynamic workforce culture energized by the innovative capacity of students, new graduates and mid-career professionals, underpinned by senior world renowned experts. We hire numerous students each semester from colleges and universities to support our research and perform other assignments. If you are looking for interesting and challenging work this fall then keep reading, and if you meet the requirements of this role, apply today.


Department: Applied Physics

Number of Positions: 1

Duration: 4- 8 months (beginning in January). Term length will depend on succesful applicant

Discipline: Engineering Physics, or Physics

Year of study: 3rd, 4th year or higher

Location: Chalk River, ON



All students applying for student positions at CNL must be returning to full-time studies upon completion of their work term. Exceptions will be made for students who require a work term in order to graduate. 

Students must submit a resume, cover letter and copy of an up-to-date transcript by the posting close date of September 18, 2019 to ensure consideration for student employment in the first round of interviews. Positions will remain posted until September 23, 2019 to allow for a second round of candidates/interviews, if required.


CNL's Applied Physics Branch explores and investigates the development and applications of radiation based systems and detectors, including performing experiments, developing physics models and simulations, and building, testing, and evaluating prototypes or third-party devices. Work is performed in a variety of program areas, and in particular Safety and Security, Energy, and Health.

One of the projects that we support encompasses the development of detection technologies for nuclear safeguards, verification and security. Unambiguously there is need for development of more sensitive and less intrusive non-destructive analysis (NDA) instruments to perform partial tests on sealed containers crossing borders. This position offers several exciting opportunities for a young scientist/engineer to gain substantial experience and develop essential skills in a supportive environment.



  • Specify, procure, assemble, configure and commission equipment for the research project. Equipment includes the hardware and software associated with data acquisition (DAQ) instrumentation, data loggers, etc.
  • Support researchers in designing and conducting experiments.
  • Develop procedure and practices to support configuration management and monitoring of DAQ systems.
  • Working with a team of scientists, engineers and technologists.




  • Should be a 3rd or 4th year Engineering Physics, or Physics.
  • Must have a working knowledge of at least one of C, C++, XML, MATLAB, or Python.
  • Must work well in a team environment and possess good communication skills.
  •  Must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
  •  Hands-on experience in electronics would be considered an asset.



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