Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

The NRC Advantage - Co-op Opportunity for Physics Student

Posted: January 19, 2021
Application Deadline: January 25, 2021

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.

We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 

NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge

Unwinding the mystery: the role of magnetic fields in star formation.

Understanding the detailed mechanism of star formation is a challenging problem. Magnetic fields, which are ubiquitous in the interstellar medium, are believed to be important in the star formation process. Recent observations show that the vast majority of stars form within filamentary molecular clouds. To address the problem of star formation, and the role of magnetism in it, we need to understand the magnetic field structures in these clouds. For this purpose, we plan to use previously published techniques to map magnetic fields in molecular clouds.

Length of Term

This is a 16 week term.

Start date: 3-May-2021, End date: 20-August-2021


Preferred Education level:
University Undergraduate, preference 3rd or 4th year in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics or Computer Science.


As a student working for the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Penticton, Bristish Columbia, your duties will include:

  • The student will learn the basic concepts of star formation
  • The student will learn the past and present observations of magnetic fields in star forming regions
  • The student will improve upon their python programing skills

Depending on the results, the student will be actively involved in the publication of the project.


  • Basic knowledge of astrophysical concepts
  • Must have Basic python programming skills
  • Familiar with Linux based systems
  • Must have good communications skills
  • Knowledge about polarization of electromagnetic waves and astronomical spectroscopy would be an asset

Who can apply?

You are eligible for the NRC Co-op Program if:

  • You attend a Canadian university/college with a recognized co-op program.
  • You possess a minimum "B" academic average or equivalent (preference may be given to candidates with a "B+" academic average).
  • You are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada. Additionally, foreign national students who meet the eligibility requirements, are studying in recognized and eligible Canadian educational institution and possess a valid Co-op Work Permit may also apply. For more detailed requirements and information on this possibility, please refer to the information found at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for the Co-Op program please include the following in your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript 

We will accept the most recent university/ college transcript available. Please ensure that your full name is clearly indicated on your transcript.

Salary Range

From $785 to $1043 per week (37.5 hrs)

Salaries are determined based on the student’s work term.


The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.

REMOTE WORK is in effect during COVID-19 site closures. The incumbent will not need to travel to Penticton and will work from home.  


To apply, visit Career Opportunities: Co-op Student in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics or Computer Science (11468)