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Employment FAQs

The following are commonly asked questions about applying to, and working at, TRIUMF.

►About Working at TRIUMF

►Employment Opportunities at TRIUMF

►The Application Process

About Working at TRIUMF

What types of positions are available at TRIUMF?

TRIUMF hires qualified applicants to fill professional and technical positions in research, engineering, administration, scientific computing, information technology, trades and semi-skilled trades. TRIUMF also has a comprehensive annual student hiring program for both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Want to learn more about these positions? Check out our Career Profiles online!

Are all advertised TRIUMF positions located at the research facility in Vancouver?

Generally speaking, yes. The rare exception to this would be temporary grant funded research positions associated with international collaborations in countries such as Japan, the United States, or Switzerland.

Is TRIUMF an equal opportunity employer?

Yes, TRIUMF encourages applicants from all walks of life, regardless of gender, and including those from visible minority groups or those challenged with disabilities.

What English language skill level is required to work at TRIUMF?

Generally, employees and students are expected to have a basic working knowledge of the English language. Skilled and managerial positions require fluency in English.

Does TRIUMF provide on-the-job training?

Many of TRIUMF's positions are very unique to our organization and in some cases require either structured or informal on-the-job training.

Do I need specialized training?

There are a number of positions at TRIUMF requiring specialized job-specific training, and our advertisements will reflect the skills and training requirements accordingly.

Do I need radiation safety training?

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission holds TRIUMF's operating license, and as such, TRIUMF has a very strict and comprehensive safety training program. All employees of TRIUMF are required to watch an online safety video prior to employment. For those employees being hired into a new position which may require them to work in areas where radiation may exist, an in-house radiation safety course is provided which will lead to a TRIUMF designation of Nuclear Energy Worker (NEW).

Does TRIUMF have a day care facility?

No, TRIUMF does not have a day care facility. There are, however, day care facilities located on the UBC campus that TRIUMF employees are eligible to apply for and be put on a waiting list for future space availability.

Can I volunteer at TRIUMF?

TRIUMF's administrative regulations do not allow for random volunteer work. We do, however, offer formalized volunteer work related to a student training program, job shadowing, or intern work experience requirements. In this case, volunteers may come to TRIUMF for short periods of time provided they have a waiver of liability from their school or other sponsoring institution.

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Employment Opportunities at TRIUMF

Where do I look for job postings with TRIUMF?

TRIUMF posts all current vacancies on its Current Employment Opportunities page. 

I am not a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident. Can I still apply for a position with TRIUMF?

While preference is given to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, in some, but not all instances, TRIUMF recruits internationally for specialized positions where it is perceived unlikely to find a Canadian or Permanent Resident to fill the position. If you want to work in Canada, you must understand the following important information:

  • If you apply, TRIUMF determines if you are eligible. If so, TRIUMF may need to get a labour market impact assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in order to confirm that it can fill the job with a foreign worker.
  • To work in Canada, you must meet the general requirements for entering the country and for staying here, in addition to those for getting a work permit. This means you may need a temporary resident visa, depending on what country you are from.
  • A work permit is not an immigration document. It does not allow you to live in Canada permanently or to accept a permanent position. To live here permanently, you must qualify under an immigration category, such as skilled worker.
  • If you want your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children to come with you to Canada, they must apply to do so.

If you are already in Canada with a valid open work permit, you are eligible to apply for any position at TRIUMF; however, TRIUMF cannot offer you a permanent position. Any offer would be on a term basis, tied to the expiry date of your work permit. Ongoing employment would be conditional upon your applying for permanent resident status.

What opportunities are available for students at TRIUMF?

TRIUMF provides employment opportunities for college and university students throughout the year. FOr more information, please see the

What opportunities are available for Postdoctoral Research Fellows at TRIUMF?

TRIUMF has a number of grant funded science projects requiring postdoctoral researchers. On average, we employ about 40 postdocs per year. Our postdocs are normally hired for a one, two, or three year term. Want to learn more about these positions? Check out our Postdoctoral Research Fellow Career Profile. Open postdoctoral positions are posted to TRIUMF's Current Employment Opportunities page.

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The Application Process

What should be included in my application package?

For every position you apply for, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (resume)
  3. Other info as specified in the job advertisement (i.e. list of publications, references, etc.)

What should I include in my cover letter?

Your cover letter is important because it helps direct your application to the appropriate hiring committee, and, more importantly, it serves as TRIUMF's first impression of you. Your cover letter should include:

  1. The job competition number and job title of the position you are applying for
  2. What interested you about TRIUMF and the position
  3. Your specific qualifications and training as they relate to the position
  4. Your approximate salary expectations
  5. Your availability/start date
  6. How best to contact you during the day

Does TRIUMF require employment references?

Typically, three (3) letters or names of references are required. However, please refer to the specific job posting to which you are applying for details regarding references as they do change depending on the position. In cases where references are not obtained, TRIUMF has a probationary period to determine suitability for the position.

How should letters of reference be formatted and submitted?

Letters of reference should be composed on letterhead and include the job competition number in the subject line and the signature of the reference at the bottom. Please note that letters of reference received without a signature will not be accepted.

Letters of reference can be e-mailed directly to TRIUMF Human Resources at - please indicate the competition number in the e-mail subject line.

How do I submit my job application?

TRIUMF prefers electronic submissions of applications. 

Via Workday

How do I know if my application has been received?

All applicants will be sent an e-mail confirmation indicating that their application packages have been received. If you have not received an e-mail within one week, contact

How long does it generally take to fill a position?

On average, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to fill a position, from the initial time of job posting to the presentation of a formal offer to the selected candidate.

Will I be notified of the final status of my application?

Yes, TRIUMF notifies every applicant of the final status of their application. Please note, however, that TRIUMF Human Resources receives numerous applications every day and works with a variety of hiring committee, each with their own individual recruitment timetable; therefore, it can take up to a month for applications to be reviewed and status notifications sent out to each applicant. We know that this can be challenging for applicants and we thank you in advance for your patience.

If I am unsuccessful in my application for a position, will I automatically be considered for other similar positions?

No, if you are interested in another job vacancy, you will need to resubmit an application.

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