Position: Engineer/Scientist (Physicist)

Location: Toronto, Ontario


Kinectrics is seeking an atomic physicist to spearhead the design and development of a groundbreaking project in the nuclear energy industry. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, planning and coordinating the construction of a new high energy laser lab, as well as providing experimental and theoretical support in the evolution of this project. The ability to work independently, a desire to build something new and a knack for concisely explaining key atomic physics concepts to an interdisciplinary team are all aspects that we strive to find.


General Accountabilities


To provide laser, spectroscopic and engineering expertise in the development of novel materials & technologies. The specific accountabilities of the position are as follows:


  • Development of advanced laser methods for use in nuclear applications.
  • Construct, commission and implement software models to develop more efficient production of novel materials.
  • Commission a nanosecond laser system and facilities for material production.
  • Research and develop methods and apparatus for material extraction and recovery.
  • Manage the long-term operation of the laser facility
  • Development of new laser and spectroscopy-based analytical methods and models
  • The preparation of technical documents in support of regulatory submissions
  • Understand and assess client (internal and external) problems and determine appropriate means of solution.
  • Manage development projects and act as team lead where appropriate.
  • Interface effectively with other staff on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Stay current with developments within your field of expertise.
  • Other duties as assigned


Selection Criteria


  • Requires as a minimum, Bachelors Degree in Physics, Mechanical, Chemical, Industrial, Electrical/I&C, Nuclear Engineering and/or Engineering Physics, Mathematics/Statistics or Natural Science. A PhD in experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics is preferred.
  • Minimum of three to five years’ of experience working in the area of laser spectroscopy with an emphasis on its application.
  • A comprehensive knowledge in operation of lasers and their applications in areas such as atomic spectroscopy and Doppler cooling.
  • Experience designing and implementing control loops to stabilize laser wavelengths and intensities.
  • Experience in the design, construction and operation of ultra-high vacuum systems.
  • A solid understanding of quantum mechanics of light-atom interactions.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly when explaining complex technical concepts.
  • Experience working with multiphysics packages (COMSOL, Star-CCM etc.) and CAD software (Solidworks, AutoCAD etc.) is preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, time management, and problem-solving skills,
  • Experience in leading technical projects to successful conclusions.
  • High commitment to quality.
  • Ability to provide value-added solutions.
  • Able to work in multiple locations including Toronto and client sites.



Kinectrics welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.