Tenure Track Faculty Position (Astronomy) at Mount Allison University (Deadline: January 31, 2014)

The Physics Department at Mount Allison University invites applications for a tenure-track position, with primary responsibilities for teaching and research in the area of astronomy. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related area, and have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. The successful candidate will teach courses in our undergraduate program in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and general physics. The successful candidate will have a rigorous research program capable of both attracting external funding and involving undergraduate students. Mount Allison University is a highly rated, primarily undergraduate institution with an active and diverse Physics Department. Mount Allison’s on-campus observatory offers opportunities for teaching, outreach, and some niche research. The ability to work in an observatory setting would be an asset. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor and wi!
ll commence on July 1, 2014, subject to budgetary approval.

A complete application package will be submitted to Academic Jobs Online, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3647. The application will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of current and planned research, and statement of teaching interests and philosophy. Evidence of effective teaching is required. The application will include three letters of reference (uploaded directly by the referees themselves). The names and contact information for these three referees will be provided in the letter of application. Applications are due by January 31, 2014.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. David Fleming
Physics Department Head Mount Allison University
62 York St. Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 1E2 Email: dfleming@mta.ca http://www.mta.ca/physics/

Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Canadian and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their letter of application.

Gemini Science Fellows (Deadline: 1 December 2013)

Gemini has an opening for one Science Fellow at each of Gemini North, Hilo, Hawaii, and Gemini South, La Serena, Chile. These Science Fellow positions are for fixed three-year terms, with half of the Fellow’s time spent on personal research, and half on Observatory support duties. The Observatory expects to fill one position at each site annually, advertising in the 4th quarter for positions beginning in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of the following year.

The successful Science Fellow will propose a 3-year research program in which Gemini observations figure prominently. Individual scientific research is supported by a research budget, and a fraction of the time available on both Gemini telescopes is used for successful peer-reviewed staff proposals. Information on current and future instruments at each telescope can be found on the Gemini web pages. Fellows are members of the Gemini Research Faculty, actively and independently contributing to the research environment at the Observatory; collaboration with other Gemini staff is also encouraged.
Science Fellows at Gemini acquire significant training and experience in large ground-based telescope operations—becoming proficient both in state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation and research, and in the techniques of modern, queue-based observing methods. Fellows train as queue-scheduled observers and support external investigators in the preparation of their observations. Additional Observatory duties include support of Gemini instrumentation, employing queue planning tools to construct nightly observing plans, and/or working on Observatory development projects, depending on the Fellow’s interests.
Gemini offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefit package. The majority of the successful applicants’ time is spent at the base facilities in Hilo, Hawaii, or La Serena, Chile. Hilo is a town with a very diverse population of about 43,000 people, a tropical climate, and a substantial international astronomical community supporting the observatories on Mauna Kea. La Serena is a mid-sized city on the ocean, with a population of about 400,000 in the metropolitan area, also supporting a number of professional astronomical facilities. It is a popular tourist destination in the (Chilean) summer.
Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline. Observational, data analysis and/or instrumentation experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: near-IR spectroscopy and imaging; optical and multi-object and IFU spectroscopy; adaptive optics and high spatial resolution imaging. Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; and be able to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be able to work nights at the altitude of the Cerro Pachon (2900 m) or Mauna Kea (4200 m) summit.
Send a cover letter relating your experience and education to the requirements of the position, your curriculum vitae, a research statement that provides a summary of your most important contributions to research in astronomy and describes your future plans, and a statement of observatory support interests. The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided. All documents are required in order to be considered for the position. Application materials should be submitted online through the Gemini web site: www.gemini.edu/jobs. Please include the AAS Job Register number in your cover letter. Applications received by December 1, 2013 will receive full consideration. The starting date is negotiable but is expected to be between April and August 2014. For further information about the positions please contact Dr. Sandy Leggett, Gemini-North Head of Science Operations (sleggett@gemini.edu), Dr. Bernadette Rodgers, Gemini-South Head of Science Operations (brodgers@gemini.edu) or Dr. Nancy Levenson, Deputy Director and Head of Science (nlevenson@gemini.edu)

URL: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#175

Head of Science Operations at Gemini-South (Deadline: open until position is filled)

Gemini Observatory announces an opening for the position of Head of Science Operations at Gemini South, in La Serena, Chile. This is a full-time, regular position, available immediately. The start date is negotiable, however a start date before February 2014 is highly desirable.
The Head of Science operations is responsible for delivery of science operations for users of Gemini South, and manages the Science Operations group at the site. The Science Operations group performs the core duties which comprise science operations at Gemini. These include the following: supporting the time allocation process carried out by the international partners and the ITAC; maintaining the telescope schedule, supporting the National Gemini Offices in their work with Principal Investigators on observation preparation; carrying out queue observing and supporting classical observing, providing scientific support for instrumentation, maintaining user information on the Gemini web pages, and conducting astronomical research. Within the science operations group there are the research staff: scientists, astronomers and Science Fellows with support duties; the non-research Science Operations Specialists group (whose duties are detailed elsewhere); and the Data Processing Development group. The Head of Science Operations, of which there is one at each site, is a research astronomer, responsible for oversight and direction of all of these activities, either directly or via intermediate managers; identifies and implements organizational improvements; and performs staff management and scheduling for most members of the group. The Head of Science Operations is also involved in strategic planning at the Observatory level, in reporting to various governance bodies. They carry out a program of personal research in an agreed fraction of their total time.
Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline. Significant optical and/or infrared observational, data analysis and/or instrumentation experience is highly desirable, as well as a desire to facilitate scientific research for others. Candidates must have strong understanding of observatory operations in all aspects: instrumentation, data collection and analysis, PI needs and support. Must be familiar with observatory systems and instruments, including computer systems, software tools, communication systems. Must possess leadership, organizational and communication skills and be able to manage a multidisciplinary group. Must be fluent in English. The post requires a significantly above-average level of personal initiative. Requires outstanding judgment and ability to communicate firmly when issues of safety of personnel or the telescope are apparent. Must possess the ability to work productively in a multinational team. Previous experience of staff management would be an advantage.

Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; and be able to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be able to work nights at the altitude of the Cerro Pachon summit, 2700 m.
Send a cover letter relating your experience and education to the requirements of the position, your resume, and a research statement. The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided. All documents are required in order to be considered for the position.

URL: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#175

Postdoctoral Research Position in Observational Astrophysics, Universite de Montreal (Deadline January 31, 2014)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the Extragalactic Research Group at the Université de Montréal, to work with Professor Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo.

The successful candidate will work on topics broadly related to black hole feedback in massive galaxies, groups and clusters, as well as the physics of compact objects. He or she will have access to data taken with the new JVLA, the GMRT, Chandra and XMM-Newton.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or a related field. Experience with radio observations is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will receive mentoring and networking opportunities that include advising undergraduates, traveling to conferences and to visit collaborators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of New Mexico. The Université de Montréal is also part of the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ), a partnership between the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval and McGill University. The successful candidate will have access to these resources.

Applicants should e-mail a single PDF to juliehl@astro.umontreal.ca by January 31, 2014 containing:
1. A cover letter explaining his or her interest and qualifications for the position (1 page).
2. A brief statement of past research and future aims (2 pages or less).
3. A CV, including a publications list.
Please also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be e-mailed to juliehl@astro.umontreal.ca by January 31, 2014.

The starting date is Fall 2014, with an earlier start possible. The appointment is for two years, with a third year contingent on performance and funding.

Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools (October 30, 2013)

The Canadian Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Award, the Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools.

The Dunlap Award is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto.

The award will be presented in even-numbered years to an individual or team for the design, invention, or improvement of instrumentation or software that has enabled significant advances in astronomy. The nominee, or leader of a nominated team, shall be a member of CASCA and a Canadian astronomer or an astronomer working in Canada.

Nominations for the 2014 Dunlap Award are sollicited at this time and can be tended until 15 January 2015. Details can be found on the Dunlap Award page on the CASCA website: https://casca.ca/?page_id=2724.

In June 2014, CASCA will present the inaugural Dunlap Award at the society’s annual meeting in Quebec City.

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Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Deadline January 6, 2014)

Name: Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Email address: admin@dunlap.utoronto.ca
Affiliation: University of Toronto

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

Email Submission Address: fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca
Attention To: Prof. Peter G. Martin, Interim Director
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

Email Address for Inquiries: interimdirector@dunlap.utoronto.ca

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: January 6, 2014

Related URLs
University of Toronto: www.utoronto.ca
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics: www.dunlap.utoronto.ca
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics: www.astro.utoronto.ca
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics: www.cita.utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto invites applications for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This growing unit has a focus on initiating and embracing innovative instrumentation and observational campaigns across the electromagnetic spectrum. Dunlap Fellows are expected to drive original research independently or in collaboration with others at the University. They have access to design and fabrication facilities and can propose for additional support of their experimental plans. Dunlap Fellows are encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach and education initiatives. Training and mentoring in this area are available. The range of activities and opportunities in research and in outreach and education can be seen in the annual reports on the institute’s web site. Exceptional candidates in instrumental, observational, or experimentally related theoretical areas are encouraged to apply.

The appointment is initially for two years, with an expectation of renewal for a third on satisfactory performance. The fellowship includes a competitive annual stipend and benefits with funds for research, travel expenses, relocation, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute. The expected starting date is September 1, 2014. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and statement of research interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the above address by January 6, 2014. Further information about the University of Toronto can be obtained through the above URLs.

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Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Astronomy at Saint Mary’s University (Deadline October 31, 2013)

The Saint Mary’s University Department of Astronomy and Physics invites
applications from researchers in any area of astronomy and astrophysics
to be the University’s nominee for our Tier I Canada Research Chair
(CRC) in Astronomy. The successful candidate will be nominated by the
University to the CRC Secretariat and, if approved, will be appointed as
a regular faculty member to a tenure-track position at the Associate or
Full Professor level. The CRC Program was established by the Government
of Canada to enable Canadian Universities to achieve the highest levels
of research excellence in the global, knowledge-based economy. Tier I
CRCs are awarded to individuals who are outstanding researchers in their
fields, acknowledged as world leaders (see www.chairs.gc.cafor details).
The University has identified astronomy, computational sciences, and
subatomic physics as one of its five major research themes. More
details may be found at
http://www.smu.ca/webfiles/SRP-Senateapproved.pdf. Saint Mary’s
University recognizes the long and continuing record of excellence from
the Department in this area of research and accordingly has allocated
astronomy researchers two CRCs (this position and a Tier II Chair,
already occupied).

The Department is the regional centre for astronomy in Atlantic Canada,
and consists of ten faculty members, all with active research efforts in
observational astronomy, theoretical and computational astrophysics, and
experimental subatomic physics. The Department offers both M.Sc. and
Ph.D. degrees in astronomy, as well as undergraduate physics and
astrophysics programs. The University also hosts the Institute for
Computational Astrophysics (ICA). The ICA is an institute promoting
computational astrophysics in the broadest possible terms; tackling
complex astrophysical phenomena through numerical simulation, and
advancing discoveries utilizing “big data” from large multinational
observational facilities. The Tier I CRC candidate may be considered
for directorship of the ICA. Observers in the Department are active in
the development of Astro-H & JWST, and actively utilize numerous
international observatories. ICA members are active in the local HPC
consortium, ACEnet, as well as Compute Canada, while the subatomic
physicists are frequent users of TRIUMF, Jefferson Lab, and other world
facilities. For a more complete account of departmental activities, see

Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova
Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people. Halifax is a
major educational and economic centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to
five universities. It is conveniently located close to recreational
areas and to other major urban centres in Canada and the Northeastern
United States. A public university with over 7,000 students, Saint
Mary’s University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree
programs. The university is committed to serving the local, regional,
national, and international communities, and integrating such activity
as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate
students. The University has gone through significant renewal in the
past decade, with over 250 full-time faculty involved in innovative
teaching, research and service. Interdisciplinary studies are a
prominent feature and strength of the University. For information about
the University and the Faculty of Science, please see our website
at http://science.smu.ca/.

Although candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply,
priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (all
applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident). Saint Mary’s University is committed to the
principles of employment equity.

The search committee will begin considering applications on October
31st, 2013. Interviews of short-listed candidates will commence in
November. Please submit your C.V. along with a statement of research
interests, a research proposal (maximum of five pages) for the purpose
of the CRC nomination, a teaching dossier, and the names and addresses
of four referees to:

Chair, Search Committee – Tier I CRC
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Fax: (902) 496-8218
Web: www.ap.smu.ca
Email: CRCsearch@ap.smu.ca

Postdoctoral Fellow in Numerical Simulations (Deadline January 1, 2014)

SARChI Postdoctoral Fellow in Numerical Simulations
University of Cape Town

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town is hosting a postdoctoral position in the area of Numerical Simulations, associated with the South African Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy (chair holder: Prof Claude Carignan). South Africa is constructing MeerKAT, a 64-dish radio interferometer serving as an SKA precursor (http://www.ska.ac.za) that should be completed in 2016. The construction of SKA-mid, phase 1, that will add 190 more dishes, should start around 2018. The candidate is expected to pursue three paths of research.

First, the candidate is expected to produce high-resolution simulations of barred galaxies, in support of a PhD project that started in September 2013 (PhD student at UCT: Toky Randriamampandry). The aim is to produce simulations of barred galaxies to fully model the effect of the bar on the HI-derived rotation curves. We will also test decomposition methods based on harmonic expansions of the velocity field (Maciejewski et al., 2012, MNRAS, 427, 3427 / Krajnovic et al., 2006, MNRAS, 366, 787), as well as the specially written software package DISKFIT (Spekkens & Sellwood 2007), in order to find the best way to recover the mass distribution of barred systems.

A second part of the work will be to prepare the SKA arrival, by building mock HI observations from simulations using a radiative transfer code, to emphasize the SKA ability to draw a global cosmological evolution scenario through dynamical analysis and make observational predictions of physical processes only perceptible with the SKA resolution and sensitivity. This part will require the development of software able to simulate the SKA telescope, in conjunction with a radiative transfer code. Finally, the candidate is expected to spend the last third of his time on his own research projects.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate interested in joining the steadily growing UCT astronomy department, which has 12 postdoctoral fellows. We expect that the tools to be used to perform the numerical simulations will be the Adaptive Mesh Refinement code RAMSES, as well as the Smooth Particles Hydrodynamics code GADGET3. These two codes are heavily parallel, so require access to the South African Centre for High Performance Computing (http://www.chpc.ac.za).

Candidates will be asked to help out with light departmental duties (e.g. seminars), with postgraduate students’ supervision and with some outreach activities. The appointment is for two years, with possibilities of extension for an extra year, subject to sufficient progress. A PhD in astronomy and experience with astronomical numerical simulations is required. The salary is tax-free and at the top of the postdoc scale. Equipment and travel funding are available. Interested candidates should send a CV, bibliography, brief summary of research, outline of future plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by January 1st, 2014. Applications will start to be considered from that date until the position is filled. Ideally, the position would start on July 1st 2014. Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to: ccarignan@ast.uct.ac.za Cape Town itself is a stunningly scenic and fully modern city with nearby beaches, mountains, exo!
tic wildlife, wine country, and is the safest city in South Africa.

“This position is based upon research supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.”

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Theoretical Particle Physics/Cosmology (Deadline December 10, 2013)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Theoretical Particle Physics/Cosmology at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, to commence July 1, 2014. The successful CRC applicant should be an excellent and emerging world-­‐class researcher who demonstrates the potential to play a leadership role and achieve international recognition in his/her field, and is expected to propose an original and innovative research program in theoretical particle physics and/or cosmology and have the potential to attract excellent trainees.

The ideal candidate has a broad research program encompassing both theoretical particle physics (e.g. string or particle phenomenology) and cosmology (e.g. early universe, dark matter, dark energy, structure formation). The candidate’s research should complement York’s existing theoretical research in early universe cosmology, quantum chromodynamics, and beyond-­‐the-­‐standard-­‐model physics. It should also have connections to York-­‐based research in experimental particle physics (e.g. ATLAS, T2K, ALPHA, or LArTPC) or observational astrophysics (e.g. optical, IR, radio, SDSS, or CMB).

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a strong, externally-­‐funded research program and to contribute to physics and astronomy education and excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Physics along with suitable postdoctoral experience, and must be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University. The candidate will be required to work with the Department and the Office of the Vice-­‐President Research and Innovation to prepare the formal CRC nomination. The Chair is subject to approval by the CRC program review process. Eligibility criteria and CRC program information can be found at http://www.chairs-­‐chaires.gc.ca.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University has strong research groups in both astronomy and high-­‐energy physics; further information can be found at www.physics.yorku.ca. York University faculty regularly engage and collaborate with researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.

All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at http://www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-­‐736-­‐5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

To guarantee full consideration, candidates should apply through Academic Jobs Online at
by December 10, 2013. Please submit a curriculum vitae, a summary of seminal research contributions, an outline of research plans and arrange for three referees to up-­‐load their letters through Academic Jobs Online.