01 Aug 2015

August 2015 E-News

  1. Call for proposals for Cycle 23 (Jan - June 2016) closes Sept.2 at noon
  2. Planned shutdown for important infrastructure upgrade: June – August 2016
  3. 2014 – 2015 Annual Highlights now available
  4. The CLS and RMD Engineering prepare for Nuit Blanche 2015
  5. Building a better vaccine for whooping cough infections
  6. New staff and now hiring

1. Call for proposals for Cycle 23 (Jan – June 2016) closes Sept. 2 at noon

The call for general user proposals for Cycle 23 is open until Wednesday, Sept. 2 at noon.

Applicants have the option of submitting a new proposal or a beam time request against an active proposal. Allocation of shifts for this period (Jan – June 2016) will be based on the score a proposal is given by an external review committee.

In addition to normal mode operations at 250 mA, three coherent synchrotron radiation studies will be available. These shifts must be applied for through the general user program.

If you have questions, please email our Users’ Office. For more information or to apply, please visit our website.

2. Planned shutdown for important infrastructure upgrade: June – August 2016

During the summer of 2016, June – August, the CLS will not be available for research due to the installation of insertion devices for four new beamlines: QMSC (1) and Brockhouse (3) and the commissioning of three BioXAS beamlines. These new facilities will be an important addition to our research capacity, bringing our total number of beamlines to 22.

These upgrades will not affect the current call scheduling for January – June 2016. However, the second half of 2016 may have considerably fewer shifts. Please review your research program and plan accordingly when applying for beamtime. See our website for more details.


3. 2014 – 2015 Annual Highlights now available

The 2014 – 2015 Annual Highlights report is now available.

This document contains facts and figures about the CLS, science highlights, as well as our financial statements for the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year.

Download the pdf from our website.






4. The CLS and RMD Engineering prepare exhibit for Nuit Blanche 2015

The CLS is proud to be a community partner for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, taking place on the evening of September 26.

This is the second year Nuit Blanche – an outdoor festival of light and light-based art – has taken place in Saskatoon and it is also the second year the CLS will be showcasing an exhibit.

This year, we have partnered with RMD Engineering Inc. to bring you a synchrotron experience like no other. Check out a sneak preview on the CLS YouTube Channel.


5. Building a better vaccine for whooping cough infections 

Like many infectious diseases, whooping cough is extremely hard to treat, but scientists using the CLS may have found a way to treat and vaccinate for this deadly disease.

A team of researchers from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the University of Toronto, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine have identified a protein that allows these bacteria to form a protective biofilm, pointing the way to new treatments and vaccine options for both whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis) and its animal-infecting cousin, kennel cough (Bordetella bronchiseptica).

Read the full story on our website.




6. New staff and now hiring

We are pleased to announce the following new employee who recently joined the CLS:

Riley Lander joins the CLS as a Mechanical Technologist as a third-year plumbing apprentice. We are excited to have Riley as he works towards his journeyman status. He recently was apprenticing with Venture Plumbing.





Jevy Orcullo joins the Finance team as a Financial Analyst, bringing with her years of accounting experience in research and development. She joins us from just down the road at POS Bio-Sciences where she was a Project Accountant for the past few years. Jevy obtained her Accounting Degree from the University of San Jose Recoletos in the Philippines and is currently working towards her CGA designation.




The following job postings are currently available at CLS:

Job No. 810 - Corporate Services Assistant 
Job No. 807 - Staff Scientist – Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy Beamline
Job No. 809 - Contract Administrator 
Job No. 808 - Guest Services Attendant - Casual 
Job No. 806 - Industrial Scientist, MX Services
Job No. 805 - Brockhouse Research Associate
Job No. 804 - Training Coordinator
Job No. 800 - Machine Director  
Job No. 790 - Outreach Student (Casual)  
Job No. 792 - Sr Operations Engineer  

Please visit our careers page for more information.


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