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Physics and Astronomy Co-op

Find out everything you need to know about Physics and Astronomy Co-op using the links below. Need help? Contact us at 250-721-7713 or physcoop@uvic.ca or stop by Elliott 119.


Sample job descriptions

Below, you'll find a few sample job descriptions for physics and astronomy jobs. Want more? Contact your co-op office.

Medical physics
student

The student will work on development projects related to the use of our radiation therapy units. These units include three linear accelerators that produce beams of photons and electrons of various energies.

Various treatment techniques are under development. This project requires measurements of radiation dose distribution using film and ion chambers. The student will also assist in a gel dosimetry, nuclear magnetic relaxation measurements and the cobalt-60 tomotherapy research project underway in the clinic.

Other tasks will include routine quality assurance procedures on the radiation therapy and dosimetry equipment

Quantum systems
technician

Our company's central mission is to commercialize superconducting quantum computing technology. Our global R&D team currently includes more than 50 of the worlds leading research scientists in condensed matter theory, mesoscopic superconductivity, quantum computing, computer science and ultra-low temperature electronics.

The co-op student position involves the implementation of known quantum computational algorithms for specific industry-relevant quantum systems simulation problems. These include chemical and materials physics simulations for the nanotechnology, biotechnology and alternative energy (hydrogen fuel cell and photovoltaic) sectors.

Skills required

  • Energetic individuals with outstanding science aptitude
  • Strong software engineering skills
  • Training in quantum mechanics
  • Strong academic performance (minimum A- course average)
  • Courses in quantum computing, advanced theoretical chemistry, computer science, and/or molecular biology are desirable
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines

Greenhouse emissions
research assistant

The research assistant will assemble global datasets of greenhouse gas emissions for use in the carbon cycle climate model, now under development. The computer model, which consists of separate atmosphere, ocean, and land surface sub-modules, has been used to conduct multi-century simulations of climate behaviour and change. The project is part of ongoing improvements to the treatment of carbon and related compounds in the model, which are cycled continuously between the three components of the climate system.

Specific tasks include:

  1. Locate and organize historical data on emissions of greenhouse gases (principally methane and nitrous oxide), and format these data sets for input into the existing computer climate model.
  2. Perform model runs using these input datasets and use in-house diagnostic software to analyze and plot the results.
  1. Document progress by keeping regular notes, and by writing a short report summarizing the results.

Optical telescope
research assistant

This position involves the development of a numerical simulation of a very large telescope, called an Integrated Model (IM). The IM combines wind simulations, structural dynamics, optics, and control systems, to estimate the overall performance of the telescope in its typical operating environment.

 The position will involve:

  • Extensive use of Matlab, and some Simulink
  • Development of code in Matlab and possibly C
  • Development of graphical user interfaces using MATLAB Guide
  • Documentation of code and user procedures
  • Data analysis

Skills required

Candidates should have strong programming skills, with the ability to work in Windows and Unix environments. Experience with Matlab and C programming, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Knowledge of control systems, Finite Element Modeling, optics and image processing would be beneficial. Experience with RCS and code development environments would be an asset.

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