McGill Space Institute Coordinator

Deadline is January 30, 2015.

McGill University has recently created the McGill Space Institute (msi.mcgill.ca) and requires a dynamic, outgoing individual to coordinate internal centre interactions and events, workshops, do administration including assistance with grant applications, reports and logistics, as well as organizing outreach events and initiatives for the McGill community and the general public.  The successful candidate with have a PhD in a field related to astrophysics, planetary science or astrobiology, and will be granted 25% of their time to work on research of direct relevance to cosmology, astrophysics, planetary science, or astrobiology.  Excellent communication skills are required; ability to communicate effectively in French is a strong asset.   Experience in outreach at all levels is also a strong asset. The position is for 2 years, with renewal by mutual agreement and contingent on funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please email a CV, a 1-page written statement of interest, and names and contact information of 3 references, bundled into a single pdf file, to: vkaspi@physics.mcgill.ca.

The deadline for applications is January 30, 2015.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Post-doctoral position in astrophysics at the Université de Montréal

Please submit before April 1, 2015.

The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ) is opening a post-doctoral position at the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada). The CRAQ is a collaborative research centre whose members include astrophysicists from the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval, McGill University, and Bishop’s University. The candidates are expected to carry out original research in a field of astrophysics overlapping with the research interests of the permanent faculty at the Université de Montréal, which include stellar astrophysics, exoplanets, solar physics, blackholes, extragalactic astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation (see http://craq-astro.ca/index_en.php for further information). A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy is required.

Potential candidates with the required expertise are encouraged to apply, and should send before April 1st, 2015 their CV, research proposal, cover letter and contact details of two referees (including email addresses) to Dr. Pierre Bergeron (bergeron@astro.umontreal.ca). The successful candidate could start as early as September 1st, 2015 and no later than January 1st, 2016. The position is for two years, with a possible extension of one year.

2015 U of T Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Deadline for applications is 30 January 2015.

2015 U of T Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Astronomy & Astrophysics

The third annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in Astronomy, Physics and Engineering to prepare for a career in scientific research.

Over the 16-week program, students will:

• Experience what a career in research is like by independently conducting a project related to on-going astronomical research at U of T
• Collaborate with U of T astronomers
• Enhance their computing skills
• Improve their research writing and communication skills
• Learn about research being conducted at U of T
• Have an opportunity to participate in U of T public outreach activities

Students will be funded by the program and will work with astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DAA), or the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), depending on the student’s research interest, choice of institute, or choice of research project.

It is a unique opportunity to work within a group comprising three units with complementary expertise in observational research, astronomical instrumentation (Dunlap), and theoretical astrophysics (CITA).

The program runs from 4 May to 21 August, 2015.

The deadline for applications is 30 January, and the official offer date is 6 February.

For full details and to apply, visit:

www.dunlap.utoronto.ca/SURP
www.cita.utoronto.ca/SURP

www.dunlap.utoronto.ca
www.astro.utoronto.ca
www.cita.utoronto.ca

Faculty Position in Exoplanetary Science at McGill University

Review of applications will begin 15 January 2015

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (www.mcgill.ca/eps) and the Department of Physics (www.physics.mcgill.ca) at McGill University invite applications for a joint tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning as early as September 2015 in the area of Exoplanetary Sciences. We encourage qualified individuals with relevant research interests in experimental, instrumentation, observational or theoretical aspects of exoplanetary sciences to apply.

This is the first of two faculty positions being created in support of the new McGill Space Institute, bringing together researchers in astrophysical, geological, atmospheric and astrobiological areas from multiple departments on campus. Existing complementary research strengths at McGill include early Universe cosmology, galaxy evolution and compact objects in the Department of Physics, as well as geology, astrobiology and atmospheric sciences in Earth and Planetary Science and other departments.

We seek candidates with a proven record of excellence in research and the capacity for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will be supported by a generous start-up package. Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, and a research plan. They should also arrange for three letters of reference. All of these materials should be uploaded to http://dualcore.physics.mcgill.ca/FACULTY/

Review of applications will begin 15 January 2015, and continue until the position is filled. McGill University is committed to equity in employment.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Plaskett Research Associate, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Due date: December 12, 2014

Plaskett Research Associate, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)
National Science Infrastructure Portfolio (NSI)
NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO)
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
CANADA
Fax: 709-772-4541
Telephone: 709-772-5012
E-mail enquiries: NRC.ExtHiring-EmbaucheExt.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Related URL:  http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/careers/index.html

Desired starting date: 1 September 2015

The National Research Council (NRC) is pleased to announce the 2014 competition for two Plaskett Postdoctoral Research Associate (RA) positions tenable at DAO in Victoria, BC, Canada. The successful candidates will be outstanding recent doctoral graduates in astrophysics who are highly motivated to exploit facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers and contribute to projects led by NRC Herzberg staff members.  We are particularly seeking candidates who will contribute to one or more of the following research areas:

•Exoplanets and debris disks (direct detection, planetary atmospheres, dynamical evolution, collisional evolution, composition), utilizing GEMINI, ALMA, HST and/or exploitation of existing large survey data from Kepler, Spitzer, Herschel, WISE and other missions. Participation in the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) Exoplanet Survey, which has both exoplanet and disk components, is a possibility.  Candidates with expertise in the following areas will be given the highest consideration: expertise in direct detection of exoplanets and their characterization; dynamical modelling of disk/exoplanet systems; modelling of dust evolution in debris disks; synthesis of existing survey data). [NRC staff members: JJ Kavelaars, Christian Marois, Brenda Matthews, Jean-Pierre Véran]

•Outer solar system bodies (accretion processes, size-frequency distributions, surface properties, orbital dynamics, binaries, space-craft exploration), utilizing CFHT, GEMINI, ALMA, HST, Subaru, and the New Horizons spacecraft with possible participation in the Outer Solar System Origins Survey.  Candidates with expertise in the following areas will be given the highest consideration:  survey observations; modeling of orbital distributions; modeling of orbital evolution of resonant and scattering objects; observational studies of surface properties; modeling of surface processes. [NRC staff members: JJ Kavelaars]

•Star or planet formation processes (protostellar evolution, cluster formation, circumstellar disks, super-star clusters in external galaxies), utilizing ALMA, the Jansky VLA, or other facilities, and leveraging results from Herschel, Spitzer, or JCMT legacy programs (e.g., the JCMT Gould Belt Survey). Candidates with expertise in the following areas will be given the highest consideration: observations or modeling of planet formation processes within proto-planetary disks; regulation of star formation processes and the role of environment; episodic accretion and the luminosity problem in young stellar objects; origins of structure and energy balance in molecular clouds; star formation in extreme environments. [NRC staff members: James Di Francesco, Doug Johnstone, Lewis Knee, Brenda Matthews, Gerald Schieven]

•Photometric and spectroscopic studies of the structure and stellar content of the Milky Way, Local Group, and other nearby galaxies, including all areas of research associated with the broad field of ‘near-field cosmology.’ Examples of programs currently led by NRC Herzberg staff include the Legacy for the u-band all-sky Universe (Luau), a new large CFHT program beginning in 2015 to obtain over ~3500 square degrees of deep u-band imaging of the Milky Way halo; the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey (PAndAS) and associated datasets; and optical and near IR observations of Galactic globular clusters (including high spatial resolution Gemini/GeMS MCAO studies) [NRC staff members: Pat Côté, Stéphanie Côté, Tim Davidge, Alan McConnachie, Peter Stetson]

•Multi-wavelength investigations of galaxies and clusters, including studies of galaxy distances, dynamics, and structural properties; super-massive black holes and galactic nuclei; and star clusters and star formation at UV, optical, IR and sub-mm wavelengths. NRC-led projects include wide-field, high-resolution optical and IR imaging of nearby field and cluster (including Coma, Virgo and Fornax) galaxies with CFHT, VISTA, and the Blanco 4-m telescope, as well as numerous related spectroscopic programmes on 4-10 m-class facilities. [NRC staff members: John Blakeslee, Pat Côté, Stéphanie Côté, Tim Davidge, Laura Ferrarese, John Hutchings, David Schade, Luc Simard]

•Cosmological evolution of galaxies including physical processes such as accretion, outflow, feedback, metal enrichment, star formation, super-massive black hole growth, mergers, and strong lensing. Candidates should have an observational background or an interest in constraining theories with observations.  Research in this area at NRC is mostly based on multi-wavelength (radio, mm, IR, optical, UV, X-ray) observations of star formation and AGN activity at high redshift. [NRC staff members: Laura Ferrarese, John Hutchings, Chris Willott]

The successful candidates are expected to work independently and perform original research in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with projects most relevant to his or her area of expertise.  Additionally, candidates are expected to keep an active engagement with the community to advance NRC Herzberg’s mandate.  In particular, NRC Herzberg is involved in several ground- and space-based telescopes of the present (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT) and future (e.g., JWST, CASTOR, Astrosat, WFIRST, Astro-H, SKA, MSE, TMT), as well as in scientific data preservation, distribution, and analysis techniques.  The Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory, the CANFAR cloud computing network, and data archives including, e.g., CFHT, Canadian Galactic Plane Survey, Gemini, HST, and JCMT, are also located at NRC Herzberg.  Candidates with interests in developing studies of next-generation instrumentation and facilities will be given hig
hest consideration.

The successful candidates will share with other Plaskett RAs the organization of the weekly seminar series that runs September-April, and have access via Canada’s TAC process to the astronomical facilities operated by NRC, as well as other facilities with open competition.  The positions will constitute initial appointments of two years, which may be extended for one further year (subject to performance and availability of funds). In addition to highly competitive benefits and salary, Plaskett RAs will receive support for observing and conference travel, page charges, and access to professionally managed computers.

Applicants must have acquired their Ph.D. within the last five years or expect to obtain their degree before taking up the position.  Applications should be made by 12 December 2014 via the process described at the URL provided.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Position in Observational Astrophysics

Due date: November 30, 2014

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the
High-Energy and 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 new data taken with the
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, the University of New Mexico and the University of
Cambridge.

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
November 30, 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 November 30, 2014.

The starting date is summer 2015 or fall 2015. The appointment is for a
maximum of two to three years contingent on performance and funding.

Postdoctoral Position in Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology at the University of Waterloo

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to be hosted by the Astrophysics & Gravitation Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. This position may be held jointly with of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), as a CITA National Postdoctoral Fellow, or jointly with Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The position will be for two years starting Sep. 1 2015 or earlier, with a possible extension for a third year contingent upon performance and funding. We are particularly interested in candidates whose interests overlap those of Profs. Afshordi and Hudson (cosmology, galaxy formation, gravitational lensing, large scale structure, clusters of galaxies, etc.), but excellent candidates in any area of astrophysics or cosmology will be considered and are encouraged to apply.  The University of Waterloo has a strong research program in astrophysics, cosmology, and gravitation and has close ties to Perimeter
Institute for Theoretical Physics.  The successful candidates will have access to the large-scale computing resources available at SHARCNET (www.sharcnet.ca), of which the University of Waterloo is a member.  For further information about the Department and the astrophysics group at Waterloo, please see the web links above. Interested candidates should send a CV, publication list, statement of research interests and plans in PDF format to postdocjob@astro.uwaterloo.ca. Informal inquires can be made to Niayesh Afshordi (nafshordi@pitp.ca) or Mike Hudson (mike.hudson@uwaterloo.ca). In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same e-mail address. All application materials must be received by October 31, 2014.

Assistant Professors in Astronomical Instrumentation or Data-Intensive Astronomy University of Toronto – 1401986

Closing date: December 5, 2014

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) at the University of Toronto invite applications for two tenure-stream appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2015.

Each successful applicant will hold a joint appointment between the DAA (51%) and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (49%).  We seek candidates in astronomical instrumentation or data-intensive astronomy, and also encourage applicants with experience and interest in experimental astrophysics, large database science, and innovative observing techniques. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful applicants will have excellent research records, will have plans to develop the outreach and education activities of the Dunlap Institute, will augment the present research strength of DAA and Dunlap, and will have demonstrated records of excellence in teaching.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

University of Toronto astronomers enjoy access to national and international facilities, including ALMA, CFHT, and the Gemini Observatory. They are active in a large number of international and national projects in experimental astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation. Canada is also a consortium partner in both the Thirty-Meter Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array.  The Dunlap Institute has a strong focus on developing astronomical instrumentation and data-intensive astronomy, has a large prize postdoctoral program (the Dunlap Fellowships) and a pursues a significant public outreach mission. DAA and the Dunlap Institute have strong ties to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and to the newly formed Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS), both of which are also hosted by the University of Toronto.  The University of Toronto (www.utoronto.ca) offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

Candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.  Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests of no longer than 5 pages, and a dossier of teaching and outreach activities (including a statement of teaching/education/outreach philosophies).  If you have questions about this position, please contactchair@astro.utoronto.ca.  All application materials should be submitted online.

All application materials should be submitted on-line. Submission guidelines can be found at:http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send confidential letters of assessment directly to the department via e-mail to astrochair@astro.utoronto.ca by the closing date, December 5, 2014.

For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit http://www.astro.utoronto.ca orhttp://dunlap.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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

To Apply Online please click: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1401986

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: 15 December 2014

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

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 pursues ground-breaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to hardware, software, and observations. 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 or computational plans. Dunlap Fellows are strongly 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, outreach, and education can be seen in the annual reports on the institute’s website. Exceptional candidates in instrumentation, software, observations, computation, or experimentally-related theoretical topics are encouraged to apply.

Appointments are initially for two years, with expectation of renewal for a third year subject to satisfactory performance. Dunlap Fellowships include a competitive annual stipend and benefits, with funds for research, travel expenses and relocation, plus the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute. The Dunlap Institute supports a flexible, equitable and diverse workplace: applications from women, minorities and potential two-body hires are especially encouraged.

The approximate expected starting date is 1 September 2015. 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 15 December 2014. Further information about the University of Toronto can be obtained through the above URLs.

Postdoctoral Position in Radio Polarimetry

Deadline to Apply for Job: November 15, 2014Email Submission Address: admin@dunlap.utoronto.ca
Attention To: Alice Chow, Business Officer
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

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

Related URLs
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics: www.dunlap.utoronto.ca
University of Toronto: www.utoronto.ca

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in radio polarimetry within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, located in downtown Toronto. The Dunlap Institute pursues ground breaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to hardware, software and observations. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).

The successful candidate will work with Dunlap Director Prof Bryan Gaensler on radio polarization and cosmic magnetism. The main areas of focus will be the analysis and interpretation of polarization data from the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the GALFACTS survey at Arecibo. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in related areas. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Gaensler (director@dunlap.utoronto.ca) for additional information before applying.

Candidates must possess a PhD or equivalent qualification in astronomy/astrophysics, should have demonstrated experience in radio interferometry and its associated analysis software, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Prior expertise in radio polarimetry is desirable but not essential. The initial appointment will be for two years, renewable for a third depending on performance. The nominal starting date for the position is September 2015.

Applicants should provide a cover letter addressing the above selection criteria; a CV and list of publications; a summary of research interests and accomplishments (3 pages maximum); and should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the above email address, all to be received no later than November 15, 2014. Only electronic applications (PDF attachments preferred) will be accepted. The Dunlap Institute is committed to a flexible, equitable and diverse workplace: applications are especially encouraged from women, minorities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.