Director, Physical Sciences

TRIUMF Vancouver, BC , Canada

Published Wed, 08/30/2023 - 9:40 AM

As PSD Director, you would:

  • provide leadership and vision in overseeing the Physical Sciences program in both an operational and a scientific capacity, raise TRIUMF’s profile as a global leader, and advocate for the research that TRIUMF undertakes to sponsors and stakeholders, 

  • lead and develop a diverse and talented team capable of achieving established goals within available resources, providing support and direction to all divisional department heads, which include Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Molecular and Materials Science, Science Technology, and Theory,

  • play a lead role in decision-making, strategic planning, and risk mitigation for the Division, and in developing and managing budgets for operations, research, development, and new initiatives,

  • participate collaboratively in defining the goals and development strategies for the laboratory,

  • nurture an equitable and inclusive work environment in support of TRIUMF’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan, and foster EDI initiatives,

  • facilitate continuing Canadian leadership in major international particle physics experiments, in advanced detector development and construction, and in high performance computing relevant to those experiments,

  • provide guidance and oversight of beam scheduling for experiments as ISAC moves from a single user to multi-user facility to fully exploit the advanced ARIEL capability,

  • take advantage of the emerging opportunities with the ARIEL facility to further develop the world-leading RIB physics program at TRIUMF,

  • ensure that the safety and quality standards of TRIUMF experiments are consistent with the TRIUMF standard operating procedures, 

  • steward close relationships with physicists and contacts at TRIUMF’s member universities, 

  • actively promote collaborations with national and international partners and foster strong working relationships with scientists and senior-level contacts at other laboratories, related institutions, federal and provincial governments, and professional organisations of scientists (e.g. IPP, CINP, CAP, etc.) sharing common interests 

  • actively engage with governing, advisory, and regulatory bodies, in addition to overseeing the Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and the Molecular and Materials Sciences Experiment Evaluation Committees 

  • identify strategic opportunities for technology transfer/commercialisation and explore opportunities on how your Division can better serve your community  

  • be encouraged to pursue your own research program, apply for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding grants, supervise graduate students, and may teach undergraduate or graduate courses in affiliated universities as appropriate 


Competencies You Will Bring to the Role 

  • In-depth understanding of TRIUMF’s science program and its place in the international research context, and the ability to effectively advocate for this science to sponsors and stakeholders 

  • Internationally recognised scientific accomplishments and demonstrated leadership, and management experience in the physical sciences

  • Demonstrated engagement in developing and promoting EDI initiatives in the workplace

  • Visionary skills and forward-thinking mindset to strategically develop ARIEL as well as other future emerging opportunities 

  • Outstanding operational management skills coupled with the ability to forge consensus  

  • A record of achievements grounded in sound decision-making, good judgment, and effective problem solving 

  • Ability to maintain TRIUMF’s well-earned reputation at the forefront of research and innovation 

  • Dedication, initiative, inquisitiveness, and collaborative spirit 

  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills as well as tact

  • A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in nuclear physics, particle physics, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and training 

  • Senior-level leadership experience (e.g. department head, dean, or equivalent role)


Please find more information on the career website, including how to apply.


The review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2023  and the position will remain open until filled.