Tetra Tech

Instrumentation/Data Scientist

Job description

Coanda Research & Development Corporation (a Tetra Tech Company) is a rapidly growing research and development company specializing in solving the most complex industrial problems. Our expertise is the application of fundamental scientific principles to tackle complex problems. To tackle such complex challenges, Coanda develops and leverages a range of advanced methodologies such as physical and computational (CFD) modeling, mathematical and statistical modeling, and custom instrumentation. Our scientific, logical, and comprehensive approach to industrial and engineering challenges often leads to fundamental, lasting solutions for clients and a rewarding place to work for our employees.

A challenging opportunity exists in our Edmonton, AB facility for an Instrumentation Scientist with a Data Science background. The successful candidate will engage in advanced research and development projects over a wide range of industrial sectors and technologies.

Your Role:

  • Determining the physical quantities that need to be measured in an experimental system to characterize the physics
  • Designing the measurement system to colelct data on the above. This may include
    • Specification of commercially available instrumentation
    • Adaptation of existing instrumentation for non-standard applications
    • Development of new instrumentation from scratch
  • Writing data analysis packages that allow non-expert users to extract relevant information from complex datasets
  • Learning the fundamentals of how each instrument works to determine its utility in new applications and correctly interpret data
  • Working with our mathematical modeling and data science team on algorithm development and other advanced data science methods and analysis
  • Writing report content and memos related to the design and execution of measurement and control schemes
  • Specifying, procuring, calibrating, commissioning, and maintaining:
    • Data acquisition systems
    • Distributed wiring and control systems
    • Commercial instrumentation
    • Analytical equipment
    • Process equipment such as pumps, compressors, valves, motors, drives, etc.
  • Troubleshooting:
    • Circuit board level debugging
    • Process and analytical instrumentation diagnosis and repair
    • Electrical noise and grounding issues between AC power and distributed data acquisition systems
  • Design, fabrication, and assembly of custom components, circuits, housings and enclosures, etc.
  • Working closely with project managers and other research scientists to execute projects accurately and on time
  • Compiling and maintaining well-organized data reporting and documentation: lab books, data tables, circuit diagrams, photographs, etc.
  • Data collection, sample analysis, and general laboratory support and assistance

Required skills and experience:

  • Eagerness to learn new skills
  • Critical thinker
  • Sound understanding of analog and digital electronics systems and wiring techniques
  • Experience with troubleshooting noise and grounding problems in data acquisition systems
  • Data science and mathematical modeling experience
  • Experience troubleshooting and repairing instrumentation
  • Operation and maintenance of sensitive lab equipment
  • Hands-on experience with mechanical systems, process equipment, and fabrication (shop experience)
  • Working safely in a lab & industrial environment
  • Strong data analysis using Excel and Python/Matlab (or similar language)

Additional (preferred) skills and experience:

  • Higher-level software coding (object-oriented programming, GUIs)
  • PCB design and rework (surface mount and through hold desoldering, cutting and patching traces on boards)
  • User of microcontrollers and embedded electronics (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, PLCs)
  • Programming and commissioning of Siemens motor controllers/drives
  • Experiments using ionising radiation or radioactive tracers
  • Presenting talks/posters at conferences/meetings
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Photography, videography, lighting and camera setup


  • Master', Doctorate or commensurate experience specializing in measurement science, engineering, experimental hard-science, or equivalent
  • 3+ years research experience with instrumentation, electronics and lab techniques in a scientific or industrial environment
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Excellent written and communication skills

Benefits available to our employees:

  • RRSP matching

  • Health spending account

  • Dental, vision and extended health coverage

  • Travel coverage

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • Life Insurance and AD&D

  • Flexible work hours

  • Paid time off for sick days and medical reasons

This is an on-site job at Coanda’s Edmonton facility; however some travel and participation in field projects at customer’s facilities is also a possibility for this position.

Coanda is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

We thank all those that apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—21,000 associates working together to provide smart, scalable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

Explore our open positions at https://www.tetratech.com/careers. Follow us on social media to learn more about our people, culture, and opportunities:

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Tetra Tech is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are among Tetra Tech’s core values. Throughout our history, the company has prioritized the equitable inclusion of all people. All qualified candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, military or veteran status, gender, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, and any other characteristics protected by the law. We invite resumes from all interested parties. Please visit our website at www.tetratech.com to see the array of diverse services and exciting projects we are currently working on.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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