Call for nominations for the Chair of the Murchison Widefield Array Executive Board

Applications close on Friday 1 December 3PM AEST

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the position of Chair of the Executive Board.

The Murchison Widefield Array

The MWA is a low-frequency radio telescope operating between 70 and 300 MHz. It is located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia, about 350km northeast of Geraldton, Western Australia. The MWA is a pre-cursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The instrument is operated by a consortium of 21 institutions from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand and the United States led by Curtin University in Australia. The MWA Collaboration currently comprises some 230 individual scientists and engineers and spans a range of scientific and technical research programs in low frequency radio astronomy.

Further details of the project can be found at


The MWA is governed by an Executive Board comprised of an independent Chair and 10 Board members drawn from the MWA member countries (4 from Australia, 2 from China, 1 each from Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States). The role of the Board is to oversee policy and provide strategic direction for the Collaboration. The Board, and in particular the Chair, have a close working relationship with the MWA Director, Program Manager, Principal Scientist and Principal Engineer.

Role of Chair of the Board

The Board is seeking a Chair to facilitate the operation of the MWA Collaboration for 2018. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of annual renewal. Ideally the appointment will commence in January 2018, though flexibility in the start date might be required. As per the new MWA Phase II agreement, which is pending ratification, the Chair can either be drawn from the elected representatives of the Board, or as an independent Chair appointed externally from a member country.

The role of the Chair encompasses the following:

. Providing high-level strategic guidance for the project, including leadership on the implementation or revision of collaboration policies.
. Ensuring the smooth functioning of the MWA Collaboration by working with national consortia in MWA member countries on their institutional membership, internal policies and future engagement with the project.
. Negotiating the MWA membership terms for new and renewing MWA members as the project continues to expand.
. Arranging and chairing meetings of the Board. These include two full-day face-to-face meetings in June and December, as well as 1-hour teleconferences on a monthly basis. The Chair is required to attend the face-to-face meetings in person. The locations of these meetings will be in MWA member countries.
. The role is approximately a 0.1 FTE time commitment, though the workload is variable and requires some flexibility. The position is not remunerated and has historically been filled largely by individuals whose current employer consider such positions as part of their workload.

Eligibility Requirements:
. Familiarity with international astronomical collaborations is essential.
. The Chair must possess the ability to work with a culturally diverse collaboration of geographically distributed individuals.
. The Chair must reside in one of the MWA member countries: Australia, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand or the United States.
. The Chair must not be an employee of Curtin University, but there are no other restrictions on employment status.
. The MWA is a culturally diverse collaboration and the Board strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Nominations Process

Expressions of Interest and a brief CV outlining relevant experience (no more than 3 pages) should be sent to the current Chair, Melanie Johnston-Hollitt (, by 3PM AEST December 1, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions regarding any aspect of the role may also be directed to the current Board Chair.

Postdoc position in Time Domain Astrophysics at Purdue University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University invites applications for a postdoctoral position to collaborate with Prof. Dan Milisavljevic on research topics connected with Time Domain Astrophysics.

The successful applicant will lead and be engaged in multiple active projects investigating the explosion mechanisms, progenitor stars, compact object remnants, and environmental impacts of core-collapse supernovae. Desirable skills include: familiarity with general techniques of UV/optical/IR imaging and spectroscopy; experience analyzing data from an array of space- and ground-based observatories (including HST, Chandra, VLA, Gemini, Magellan); expertise in data science or data visualization; and/or a background in theoretical simulations.

Purdue University has a strong astrophysics group and presently maintains partnerships with several major facilities including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the WIYN 3.5m telescope, VERITAS, and XENON1T. Purdue University is also a world leader in high performance scientific computing and data storage facilities.

The position is for two years, renewable for a third year upon mutual agreement. The negotiable starting date is September 1, 2018. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or equivalent, by the date of appointment. Salary is highly competitive, and candidates will be eligible for health benefits including major medical, vision, and life insurance. Purdue University’s benefit package is summarized at: The Faculty and Staff Handbook, which is updated annually, is also available online at​

All materials and inquiries should be sent by email to The application package must be submitted as a PDF and include a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement explaining research interests and qualifications. Three letters of support should also accompany each application and be submitted directly by references with the applicant’s full name in the header.

Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, all application materials should be received no later than December 15, 2017.

Purdue University provides ample support and resources for career development, and is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.​

URL of posting:

TolTEC postdoc position at INAOE

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
(1 appointment, fixed term)
MXN$ ~280000 per annum (USD ~15000), tax free
The Department of Astrophysics at Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE, invites applications for a postdoctoral research assistant position in the area of millimeter astronomy to work on the CONACyT project led by Dr. Itziar Aretxaga entitled “Deep panoramic surveys at 1.1/1.4/2.1mm with the new polarimetric camera TolTEC”.

INAOE is the leading Mexican partner in the operation of the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT,, now in scientific operation. TolTEC (, the new imaging camera of the LMT is currently under development and is expected to be deployed to the telescope at the end of 2018.
A large fraction of the research undertaken by the assistant is expected to be based on data acquired with this facility. The candidate is expected to contribute in the planning of the public surveys approved and to contribute to the development of the analysis pipeline, as part of an international team of researchers from INAOE and other Mexican institutions, the universities of Massachusetts-Amherst, Michigan, Northwestern, Arizona State, Wisconsin and Cardiff and NIST. The public surveys of the LMT will include a set of embedded areas of the galactic and extragalactic sky to unprecedented depths and angular resolution (
The appointment is for 1 year commencing from January 2018, renewable to 1 extra year contingent on performance, and is based at INAOE, Tonantzintla, Pue., Mexico.
The successful candidate should have a PhD awarded within the previous 5 years in a relevant area of astronomy or astrophysics, and should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work. Desirable skills include proficiency in development of scientific coding preferably in C++ and python and experience with Data Mining and statistics, scientific interest in star formation, galaxy evolution or large scale structure of the Universe.
Applications must be written in English, and be emailed as PDF files to
before December 1st, and include:
- Cover letter addressed to Dr. Itziar Aretxaga
- Curriculum vitae, including current address, nationality, age, and date of PhD
- Description (max. 10 pages) of research interests
- Complete publication list, with a maximum of 5 papers particularly relevant to the application highlighted
- Full contact details of 3 professional references, and arrange for letters to be sent to the same address before the deadline.

Postdoc Positions in Galaxy Formation and Evolution with JWST

We invite applications for two postdoctoral positions to work with the 200-hour James Webb Space Telescope Guaranteed Time Observer extragalactic program of the JWST NIRISS Instrument Science Team. This campaign targets lensing clusters with multiple JWST instruments to study a range of topics in galaxy evolution. We expect that one position will be located at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada, and the other at Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, National Research Council, in Victoria, Canada.

The JWST Near-IR Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) provides R~150 slitless grism spectroscopy over 1 to 2.5 microns for every object in a 2.2×2.2 sq arcmin field of view. Soon after JWST launch in early 2019 our NIRISS team will devote 200 hours of guaranteed observing time to the CANUCS program, whose primary component is NIRISS spatially-resolved spectroscopy of thousands of galaxies in fields lensed by massive intermediate-redshift galaxy clusters. This will produce maps of key physical quantities such as stellar populations, ionized gas, metallicity, dust, etc. This slitless spectroscopy program will be supported by extensive imaging and multi-slit spectroscopy with JWST’s NIRCam and NIRSpec instruments, and by existing multi-wavelength datasets. Key science possible with these data will range from studies of galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization, to those at the peak of cosmic star formation at z~1-3, to galaxy populations in massive z~0.5 clusters. For a brie
f description of the CANUCS GTO program, see:

The postdoctoral fellows will first contribute to the development of a comprehensive data simulation and reduction pipeline and will be subsequently involved in the scientific analysis of this exceptional dataset. There will be significant scope for defining and leading scientific investigations within this program. The fellows will also have time for independent research and will be able to apply for Canadian time on ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, Astrosat, JCMT, and JWST.

The appointments are expected to start in or around September 2018 and are expected to be for three years, subject to satisfactory performance. Experience with the analysis of optical/IR extragalactic data is essential, while experience with IR spectroscopy and/or data pipeline development will be considered an asset. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests and accomplishments, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to the email address below. The application material should ideally include a description of the scientific investigation(s) that the applicant would be interested in performing using the JWST GTO dataset.

The review of applications will begin on 15 December 2017. All materials should be sent electronically to and addressed to Drs. Marcin Sawicki and Chris Willott. Any inquiries about these positions may also be sent to the same address.

Research Associate (Limited Term) – Radio Polarimetry in University of Toronto

Job Number: 1701829

Description: The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Research Associate in Radio Polarimetry (Limited Term). The appointment is for three years, with the possibility of renewal, subject to funding. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2018.

The responsibilities will be as follows:

• 75%: the production of science-ready data products from new radio polarization surveys using the Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS), the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), supervised by Prof Gaensler and in collaboration with the rest of the VLASS, CHIME and ASKAP teams.
• 25%: self-directed research in Galactic or extragalactic radio astronomy, in consultation with Prof Gaensler.

In all these activities, there is the expectation that the appointee will supervise the work of undergraduate and graduate students.

The Dunlap Institute pursues groundbreaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to instrumentation, data-driven science and observations, alongside a substantive commitment to outreach and training. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). These three units together host over 130 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observations, computation and theory.

The Dunlap Institute is located on a beautiful 19th century campus in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. Rated as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, Toronto offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, outstanding food and music, and a vibrant and diverse cultural community.

Qualifications: Education

PhD or equivalent certification in astrophysics, astronomy or physics

Required Experience

• Experience in radio polarization processing
• Advanced skills in radio interferometry, radio polarimetry, radio astronomy pipelines, and survey science
• A record of lead-author publications on Galactic or extragalactic radio astronomy in high-impact scientific journals
• Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and scientific communication
• Demonstrated ability to work with students
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a team

Preferred Experience

• At least one year of relevant postdoctoral experience
• Some understanding of radio astronomical instrumentation and polarization calibration.

Travel: Extended

Notes: Applicants should apply online at the link below and include a covering letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the e-mail addresses of three referees by December 1, 2017. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Bryan Gaensler at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Employee Group: Research Associate, Limited Term
Appointment Type: Grant – Term
Schedule: Full-time
Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: R01 — Research Associates (Limited Term): $42,264 – $79,245
Job Field: Research Associate (Limited Term)
Job Closing: Dec 1, 2017

To apply:

Two Postdocs in Extragalactic Astrophysics and Data Science at U. Manitoba

Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
Contact: Prof. Christopher O’Dea, University of Manitoba,

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba has two (2) open post-doctoral positions in extragalactic multi-wavelength astrophysics with emphasis on active galactic nuclei and clusters of galaxies, and requiring skills and experience in either data science and/or data visualization. The candidates will be part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Manitoba analyzing the data from the Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS) and collaborating with experts at the Universities of Toronto and Alberta, covering the domains of astrophysics, data science and scientific visualization. The positions will be 50% astrophysics research and 50% computer science.

The astrophysics research will consist of reduction and analysis of multi-wavelength (e.g., Chandra X-ray, Gemini and HST optical/infrared, ALMA and VLA radio) observations of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and Clusters of Galaxies with emphasis on the interaction of the AGN with its environment. This will be in collaboration with Profs. Stefi Baum and Chris O’Dea and will involve working with several undergraduate and graduate students. Successful candidates will be expected to publish research results in the refereed journal literature.
The computer science component of the position is a joint project between research groups in Computer Science (Profs. Pourang Irani and Neil Bruce) and Astronomy (Profs. Chris O’Dea, Stefi Baum, Samar Safi-Harb, Jayanne English, and Dr. Gilles Ferrand). The science data products that will emerge from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will not be in a final state optimized for data analysis, and the data volumes will be so large that direct delivery to users will not be feasible. The SKA project therefore envisages an international collaborative alliance of inter-operating centres. A Canadian SKA Regional Centre would need to provide services
such as archiving, processing, user support and pipeline development. We are part of a large collaboration of Canadian Universities supported by a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant to develop a pilot virtual regional centre for radio astronomy, using data from VLASS, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).
Candidates must have a PhD degree or equivalent in astrophysics with skills in computational and/or data sciences and software development; or, demonstrate the ability to acquire skills in these areas. Programming competence and fluency in written and spoken English are required. Experience in radio astronomy and/or multi-wavelength data analysis is highly desired.

Analysis tasks may include creation of a catalog of VLASS continuum data products, development of algorithms for multi-band data matching and source classification, and development of perception-based visualization schemes for large, multi-waveband data and products of data mining tools. The candidates will merge expertise from the fields of astrophysics with that of visual analytics, to combine human interaction via visual representations with machine learning, including dimensionality reduction and clustering. The candidate may also explore promising emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.
We offer:
* Full-time employment at University of Manitoba with a negotiable starting date but ideally April 1, 2018 or soon after for a period of 3 years.
* A competitive salary $40,000 to $60,000 CAD per year (with benefits) depending on qualifications and seniority.
* A budget allowing the postdoctoral fellow to hire and supervise co-op students, and travel to related scientific conferences.
* We invite applications from those who can support and enhance our diversity, including women, Indigenous peoples, other visible minorities, and those committed to a diverse environment. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act”. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.
*Applications will be accepted until Dec 31, 2017

Multiple postdoctoral fellow positions at McGill University

Name: Kelly Lepo
Email address:
Affiliation: McGill Space Institute

We invite applications for multiple Postdoctoral Fellowships in space-related fields to be held in the McGill Space Institute at McGill University (

McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics at McGill

CITA National Fellowship at McGill University

The McGill Space Institute is an interdisciplinary center that brings together researchers engaged in space-related research at McGill. Currently there are 18 active faculty members affiliated with the center, from the Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Natural Resource Sciences departments from McGill (

The successful applicant will have a strong research record in theoretical, observational, or experimental work in astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, atmospheric science or astrobiology. Postdoctoral fellows will work under the supervision of one or more faculty members at the MSI. Fellows are expected to spend at least 50 percent of their time on research that complements that of their supervisor.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a statement of research plans (not to exceed 2 pages) which demonstrates how the proposed research program complements current MSI activities, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent through AcademicJobsOnline (

Applicants should indicate that they are applying for the McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and state potential MSI faculty supervisors in their cover letter.

This position offers a competitive salary and will be for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year, dependent on supervisor approval and the availability of funds. Preference is given to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline of November 30, 2017.


Applicants in the fields of astrophysics should also consider applying for the McGill Astrophysics Fellowship (see, Deadline November 30) and/or the CITA Fellowships at McGill University (see, Deadline October 31). A single copy of the application materials may be submitted and the intended fellowships indicated in the cover letter.

The McGill Astrophysics group currently includes 14 active faculty members. The group’s research spans theory, observations, and instrumentation, in the fields of cosmology, large scale structure, gravitational lensing, galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, gamma ray astronomy, the physics of compact objects, radio transients, nuclear astrophysics, and exoplanets.

We also have strong ties to the early universe cosmology/high energy theory group ( and the McGill Space Institute (MSI, that brings together several different areas of space related research across the University.

The successful applicant will have a strong research record in theoretical, observational, or experimental astrophysics or cosmology. Postdoctoral fellows will work under the supervision of one or more faculty members at McGill.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity within its community. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

Mechanical Technologist at NRC Herzberg

• English
• This is a 2 year term position.
• Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC’s policies.
• An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period

Your Challenge:
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s premier research and technology organization.
We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Mechanical Technologist to support our HAA Research Centre. The Mechanical Technologist would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.
A Mechanical Technologist is required to assist in the design, prototyping, fabrication, assembly, test and integration of world-class astronomical instrumentation for the international Gemini 8 metre telescopes, Canada France Hawaii Telescope, and future large telescope projects, including the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Screening Criteria:
Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates.

Diploma from a 2400 Hour Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma Program or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Significant and recent experience designing in 3D CAD parametric solid-modelling environments, preferably with the Autodesk Inventor Series software.
Significant experience in the drafting of complex precision mechanical components/mechanisms preferably for scientific instrumentation.
Experience using Autodesk Vault for management of hierarchical CAD files is an asset.
Experience in fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of precision equipment, in particular scientific instrumentation.
Experience in the preparation of technical documentation.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.

Language Requirements:
• English

Assessment Criteria:
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies:
Working knowledge of the fundamental design principles and analytical tools needed for mechanical design.
Working knowledge of 3D parametric computer aided design software (preferably recent versions of Autodesk Inventor or SolidWorks) for creating complex assemblies and parts.
Working knowledge of mechanical drafting procedures and practices.
Knowledge of machine shop equipment, fabrication procedures and techniques, and commercially available components for precision instrumentation.
Working knowledge of the fabrication and assembly of thermally controlled enclosures, ideally with composite panel construction, is an asset.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and to execute substantial project tasks while handling several roles and task assignments.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate and analyze designs and equipment to confirm that it will meet specifications.
Demonstrated ability to efficiently produce clear, well-structured and well-written technical documentation.

Behavioural Competencies:
Client Focus – Level 2
Communication – Level 2
Results Orientation – Level 2
Teamwork – Level 2

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Technology Support

Salary Range:
• From $51,114 to $70,000 per annum.

Condition of Employment:
• Reliability Status

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC’s directives.

• NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
• Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
• The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
• We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Closing Date:
31/10/2017 23:59 Eastern Standard Time


All applications must be submitted on-line: Please do not fax or email your applications. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Accommodation is available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Telephone: (613) 949-7685

Three postdoctoral fellowship in astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets at iREx/Université de Montréal

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), invites applications for three (3) postdoctoral fellowships in astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets.

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) consists of a growing team of 40+ people (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students), mostly from UdeM and McGill all working on various research programs focused on the study of exoplanets and related fields of stellar astrophysics. Members of iREx have a leadership role in many large international facilities related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, notably the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), precision radial velocity instruments SPIRou and NIRPS, and the Gemini Planet Imager. iREx researchers have access to significant guaranteed time observations (GTO) with these facilities. More information on iREx research programs can be found on the institute website:

- One (1) of the available positions is for the Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship, which enables forefront independent research related to exoplanets. All areas of exoplanet research will be considered, but priority will be given to candidates with research programs and expertise well aligned with the science programs of SPIRou and NIRPS.

- The other two (2) positions, funded by the Canadian Space Agency, are to work with JWST NIRISS team on the data reduction, analysis and publication of their 200-hr GTO NIRISS program dedicated to transit and eclipse spectroscopy observations of a wide variety of exoplanets, from hot Jupiters to small rocky temperate planets orbiting nearby low-mass stars.

A PhD in physics, astronomy or related discipline is required at the start of the fellowship, which is expected to be between May and September 2018. The positions are for two years, renewable for a third one subject to performance and availability of funds. Preference will be given to applicants who received their PhD within the last 3 years.

Applicants should fill the on-line form that can be found at, and upload therein their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests of maximum 2 pages, in one PDF file. They should also arrange to have three referees send a letter of reference to All application materials must be received by November 1st, 2017.

Université de Montréal promotes diversity in its workforce through its Equal access to employment program. It encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

Social Benefits:

Postdoctoral researchers at iREx/UdeM enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, see the UdeM Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales webpage for more information :

CITA Fellowships


The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) is inviting applications for postdoctoral research positions. For more information and application instructions, please see below or visit our website at and click “Opportunities”.



Postdoctoral research fellowships beginning September 1, 2018 are being offered at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.  A PhD in any field of theoretical astrophysics is required.  Fellows are expected to carry out original research in theoretical astrophysics under the general supervision of the permanent faculty whose interests include: cosmology, interstellar matter, galaxy, star and planet formation, pulsars and compact objects, solar physics, high energy astrophysics, numerical relativity and gravitational waves.

We only accept electronic submissions.  Applicants will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and arrange for three letters of recommendation.  The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is November 15, 2017.

Please apply online:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.



Research Associate positions are for three to five years duration.  The start date will be September 1, 2018. Applicants should have an excellent research record in astrophysics and postdoctoral experience.  The primary duty is to carry out original research in theoretical astrophysics, but Research Associates are also expected to work with postdoctoral fellows and to assist with the administration of the Institute.  All applicants for these positions are also considered automatically for postdoctoral fellowships.

We only accept electronic submissions.  Applicants will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and arrange for three letters of recommendation.  The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is November 15, 2017.

Please apply online:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.



As part of its mandate to promote research throughout Canada, CITA provides partial support for postdoctoral fellows working in theoretical astrophysics or closely related fields at Canadian universities other than the University of Toronto, through its National Fellows Program.

The responsibility for identifying and nominating potential CITA National Fellows who will work at a given university lies with the faculty at that university.  Only faculty at Canadian universities may submit nominations.  The deadline for these nominations November 15, 2017 for fellowships to start in September 2018.  Please check with the nominating institution for their internal deadlines.

If you are interested in applying for National Fellowships at other universities in Canada, please contact any of the following faculty by email or check department websites for further research and application details:

Natasha Ivanova, University of Alberta ( /

Lorne Nelson, Bishop’s University (

University of British Columbia, Select Faculty (Contact: Gary Hinshaw, /

Alan Coley, Dalhousie University (

Andrew Cumming/Nick Cowan, McGill University (Contact: Kelly Lepo / /

Hugh Couchman/James Wadsley, McMaster University ( /

Paul Charbonneau, Université de Montréal ( /

Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, Université de Montréal (juliehl@ASTRO.UMontreal.CA /

Falk Herwig, University of Victoria ( /

Niayesh Afshordi, University of Waterloo ( /

Rodrigo Fernandez, University of Alberta ( /

Please submit nominations online: