Dr. Ian Lawson












Research Interests 

Ian Lawson joined SNOLAB as a Research Scientist in 2006 and is an adjunct professor at Laurentian University. He earned a BSc from UNB Fredericton in 1993 and a PhD in experimental high energy physics from the University of Victoria in 2000.

During his early career, he worked on the OPAL experiment at CERN studying properties of the tau lepton and lepton universality to verify properties of the standard model of particle physics. He was a Research Associate at the University of Guelph from 2000 to 2005 working on the Sudbury Neutrino Experiment (SNO) which played a leading role in answering the question about the long-standing Solar Neutrino Problem and confirming that neutrinos do have mass and can oscillate from one variety to another. In 2015, the SNO Collaboration was awarded the Nobel and Breakthrough prizes for its contribution in the study of neutrino oscillations.

In 2005, he joined SNOLAB as part of the development team during the construction of the new laboratory. Following the opening of the expanded laboratory, he has continued his research in neutrino physics as part of the SNO+ collaboration and works on the PICO and DAMIC experiments which are searching for dark matter, using bubble chambers and CCDs, respectively. He also works in the SNOLAB low-background counting group, focussing on background measurements using ultra-low background germanium counters, which are used to measure the radioactivity of highly sensitive detector components.

Professional Engagements

Qualifications and Awards

  • Member of Canadian Institute of Particle Physics
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Physicists
  • CAP Regional Councillor for Central and Northern Ontario (2015-2017, 2017-2018)
  • 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics For Work on SNO
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee Member Certification, Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Transportion of Dangerous Goods for Drivers
  • CNSC Certified Radiation Safety Officer

Conference and Workshop Advisory Committees

  • TAUP 2017
  • TRISEP 2017
  • CAP 2014
  • LRT 2010



Contact Details

Ian.Lawson _at_ snolab.ca  

(705) 692-7000 X 2241



1039 Regional Road 24

Creighton Mine #9

Lively ON, P3Y 1N2