PDF - Methods to improve the use of transmission and backscatter X-Rays for the detection of illicit material - ON-197

Preferred Disciplines: Physics and Physical Chemistry (Post-Doc)
Company: Scintrex Trace Corp
Project Length: 12 months (1-2 units)
Desired start date: First Quarter 2019
Location: Ottawa, ON
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Capital Region

About the Company: 

Scintrex Trace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of AUTOCLEAR which manufactures and sells a complete line of x-ray security and metal detection solutions: X-ray scanners and metal detectors for airport, government buildings, schools and public facilities security, people screening and much more. Scintrex Trace Corp. develops innovative and proprietary trace detection products and systems to help security and law enforcement agencies around the world detect explosives, drugs and other noxious substances.  Scintrex Trace Corp. is a growing company taking leading-edge trace detection technology into existing and emerging markets. Technology and business combine to create a fast-paced, progressive and challenging environment where your innovation, talent and energy will be a significant part of our continued success.

Project Description:

The project will be focused on the improvement of current X-ray backscatter system to detect the presence illicit substances.  The improvement of the image shall be a combination of X-ray sources, scintillators and software algorithm.  

Research Objectives:

  • Develop a rugged method to detect illicit substances (narcotics, explosives and improvised explosives devices)  based on their backscatter information. 
  • Investigate different scintillator materials to improve on the light output.
  • Develop an algorithm to automaticcally detect threats.


  • Investigate advantages and disadvantages of various X-Ray sources

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • X-Ray imaging
  • Electronics, analog and digital signal processing
  • C and C++ Programming , labview or MatLAb
  • Gas phase ion chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • CAD design
  • High voltage circuit

For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

  1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects
  2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Mel Chaar.