Director, Deployments (open)

Term: Permanent, full-time
Posted: Fall 2022

Ideon Technologies is transforming subsurface discovery, using the energy from supernova explosions in space to image density anomalies deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Based in Richmond, BC, on the beautiful west coast of Canada, we are a world pioneer in cosmic-ray muon tomography. Our discovery platform integrates proprietary detector hardware, imaging systems and software, inversion technologies, and artificial intelligence to provide x-ray-like visibility up to 1 km underground. We capture, measure, and transform muon data into reliable geophysical surveys and 3D density maps that help geologists identify new mineral and metal deposits with precision and confidence. As a result, they drill less and discover more – reducing cost and risk, saving time, and minimizing environmental impact – ultimately accelerating the world’s transition to low-impact mining. Watch this short video to learn a bit more about what we do.

The role
In this role, you will lead the growing team of staff and contractors deploying and activating our subsurface intelligence solution on client sites around the world. This work is critical to achieving our vision of transforming subsurface discovery and our mission of accelerating the world’s transition to low-impact mining. It is the perfect opportunity for someone who has spent a good deal of their career in the field on mineral exploration and mine sites, conducting surveys or installing equipment in a variety of outdoor environments. You’ve ‘seen some stuff’ and are now at a point where you can use that wisdom to develop creative new approaches to deployment work while mentoring a growing team of project specialists.

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Lead a team of project geophysicists and deployment operations experts, providing strategic direction, technical knowledge, mentorship, and coaching while role-modeling our core values.
  • Work together with colleagues across the company to successfully deploy a world-class subsurface intelligence solution that delights our customers and adds undeniable value to their organizations.
  • Own and effectively scale the full cycle of deployment activity, from project planning and requirements gathering, to building deployment kits and leading project logistics, through to field deployments and system commissioning, and geophysical data collection, processing, and quality control.
  • Serve as technical review and approval point (as needed) on all deployment-related activity, and as the escalation point for all deployment troubleshooting. Travel to sites as needed to assist deployment team with solutioning.
  • Lead the development of and model the adherence to standard operating procedures, quality standards, and safety protocols.
  • Ensure that customer site teams and equipment are engaged by Ideon staff with respect, thoughtfulness, and care.
  • Ensure your team has the right tools, processes, and principles in place to deliver work on time and to specification.
  • Provide leadership to all team staffing and professional development activities.


You have knowledge of a broad range of geophysics techniques, geology, and mineral exploration challenges – and have been active on the ground on dozens of deployment sites over your career so far, in Canada and beyond. This has given you the hands-on experience you’ll need to help your team plan for and trouble-shoot a variety of unique field conditions, taking a leadership role in making sure jobs are done safely, correctly, and on time. That team plays a critical supporting role in bringing client projects to fruition by planning for and executing deployments in the field, to capturing and processing data from our novel muon detectors, and ensuring that the data captured is of the highest possible quality.

As our ‘McGver of McGvers’, you will be equally comfortable interacting with field technicians about mechanical challenges as you will be explaining the deployment process to end users of the advanced subsurface intelligence Ideon provides – you will come to understand our product deeply and are not afraid to get your hands dirty to make things right. You will guide your growing team to ensure project objectives are being achieved at a high level of quality and that Ideon is providing technically feasible, cost-effective solutions to our customers. That means learning from our mistakes and ensuring a culture of continuous improvement.

In addition, your credentials, attributes, and qualifications include:

  • A strong leader in environment, safety, health, and quality practices.
  • PGeo designation or equivalent transferrable designation, or willingness to complete designation.
  • Degree in science, math, or engineering degree in geophysics, geology, closely related field or equivalent.
  • Strong understanding of geology and experience with the theoretical and practical aspects of mineral exploration specifically, and subsurface insights in general.
  • At least 10 years of ground-based survey experience in the field, deploying instruments on land and downhole, forming and leading crews (staff and third-party partners), applying practical problem-solving skills, and assessing data as it is generated.
  • Experienced with hardware, telecommunications, electronics, and active mining environments.
  • Proven understanding of a variety of geophysical methods, geophysical inversions, and how various geophysical surveys are developed and executed.
  • Technically competent, with practical skills in equipment operation and performing minor repairs on site, as well as navigating borehole tools and hole stability issues.
  • Software skills: completely comfortable using command line tools in Linux and Windows. Able to get results using office apps such as Excel as well as geoscience software tools. Proven ability to code in Python/Matlab is a great asset but not essential.
  • Proven ability to meet ambitious project delivery schedules.
  • Knowledgeable about industry trends and best practices.
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and ability to execute at a high level with independence.
  • Personable style with strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Driver’s licence and valid travel documents.

Job Requirements
The position is based in Richmond, BC (Greater Vancouver), though there may be moderate travel involved, especially in the early days as you learn our ropes. We are building a new team and fostering a richly collaborative culture. We embrace a hybrid model of in-office and remote work, but will not consider candidates wishing to be 100% remote. 

What We Offer
This is an opportunity to work with a dynamic technology start-up and spin-off from TRIUMF (Canada’s national particle accelerator laboratory) at one of the most exciting moments in its journey to commercialization. You will be working together with company founders and technical experts to advance a ground-breaking solution that will generate significant economic and environmental benefit. Our team is entrepreneurial by nature, mission-driven, and focused on doing things right to deliver great customer outcomes. We are also committed to seeking out the best brains and the most exceptional humans, however they happen to be packaged.

What It’s Like Here
Great ideas and rich company culture come from diversity of thought, experience, and perspective. The Ideon culture is anchored in a set of core values that directly shape how we hire, coach, evaluate, and develop our people:

Driven by industry, informed by science.
We solve industry problems with scientific rigour: listening carefully, analyzing the data, and developing solutions that our clients – and the planet – cannot live without.

Inspired to create, wired to deliver.
We’re imaginative, creating new possibilities and embracing the diversity of thought and experience within our team to move with urgency, learn from our failures, and execute masterfully.

Unified as a team, personally accountable.
We have each other’s backs and operate with integrity, respect, and empathy. Success depends on leaving egos at the door, celebrating our differences, delivering promises, and owning the outcome together.

Boldly ambitious, exceptionally human.
We think big and have the courage to blaze new trails. We’re in this business to win, but that doesn’t mean we compromise on doing the right thing for our people, our clients, and our world.

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