Director General, NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

National Research Council of Canada
Director General, NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

City: Victoria
Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Classification: MGT-4
Tenure: Continuing
Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC

The NRC Advantage

The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering
option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry.
In fact, as the Government of Canada’s largest research organization
supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and
technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over
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most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world.

And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to
come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada¹s current and
future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an
impact by joining the NRC.

Your Challenge
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the
National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s largest research and
technology organization.

The NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre plays a key
and vital role in the pursuit of knowledge in astrophysics and relevant
technologies. The Centre is responsible for the operation and
administration of astronomical observatories established by the Government
of Canada. Through the conduct of research and advanced technology
development with Canadian and foreign partners, HAA is a major player in
international astronomy. The Director General will lead the strategic
pursuits of HAA, identifying future directions that support the objectives
of NRC and the Canadian astronomical community. He/she will establish
research and development programs that are leading edge, working in
collaboration with both industry and universities. These activities
include advancing the Long-Range Plan that is created as a result of a
community-based planning initiative involving NRC, NSERC, the Canadian
Space Agency and the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA).nThe Director
General will also play a leadership role in the transfer of technology.
He/she will manage approximately 120 scientific, engineering, technical
and administrative staff and a current continuing budget of approximately
$35M, The continuing budget includes contributions to International
Observatories in operational and developmental phases.

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:

Ph.D. in astrophysics or a physics-related field from a recognized

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see
Degree equivalency

* Significant experience conducting original research in observational
astronomy with an international reputation for excellence in the field.

* Experience managing multidisciplinary R&D programs.

* Significant and demonstrated scientific or engineering and technical

* Experience working on collaborative research with universities,
government and industry.

* Significant experience in building partnerships with national and
international organizations.

* Experience developing and maintaining strategic projects with senior
government officials, academic and industry leaders.

* Senior executive experience including a demonstrated ability to lead
change, build superior teams, motivate a diverse group of individuals, and
direct large-scale initiatives.

Condition of Employment
Secret (II)

Language requirements
Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC

Note: In the event that no qualified bilingual candidates are identified,
NRC may consider unilingual candidates who will be required to commit to
achieving these levels within two years.

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

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

Technical Competencies

* Strong knowledge of the national and international astronomical research

* Knowledge of the Canadian innovation process, the structure of the
Canadian research and innovation systems, and the Canadian research

* Ability to effectively lead and manage a multi-faceted astronomical
organization in an R&D environment with a style and approach that supports
NRC¹s commitment to scientific excellence and its participative management
and entrepreneurship values.

* Demonstrated ability to successfully leverage, government, industry or
other partnerships to generate and deliver on ideas that would lead to
recognition of NRC¹s role in world-wide research and technology innovation.

* Strong knowledge of HAA¹s initiatives, programs and activities and their
potential for impact nationally and internationally.

* Recognized leadership in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.

* Ability to analyze complex information, make timely decisions and
communicate clearly with all internal and external stakeholders.

* Ability to manage in a scientific environment with in depth knowledge of
the different models of research operations while enhancing a
collaborative approach.

* Knowledge of the National Research Council, its mandate and strategic

Behavioural Competencies

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following
competency profile: Management Competencies (MG)

View all competency profiles

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC’s

Salary Range
From $146,700 to $176,200 per annum.


* In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications,
candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed
covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this
position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing
concrete examples.  In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe
in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.

* Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with
the Public Service Commission should include these results with their

* A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one
year period.

* 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.

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. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates
retained for further assessment.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (4514) to:
Telephone: 613-990-1679

Closing Date: 24 August 2018 – 23:59 Eastern Time

For more information on career tools and other resources, check out Career
tools and resources


Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
Telephone: 306-975-6172
E-mail enquiries:

• Further information on NRC Herzberg can be found at
• Information on the staff and their research interests is available at
• More information on the Fellowship is available at

Desired starting date: September 2018

NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out Kuiper belt research with an emphasis on interpretation of ground and spacecraft data acquired for/by NASA’s New Horizons Kuiper Extended Mission (KEM). Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.

KEM is providing distant fly-by observations of about a dozen Kuiper belt objects over a large range of phase angles. KEM will conduct the first ever close encounter with a cold classical Kuiper belt object when it flies within 5000 km of 2014 MU69 on 1-Jan-2019. During its brief and tightly orchestrated encounter KEM will obtain extensive optical and infrared observation of the object’s surface. NRC scientists have been part of the KEM planning and a PDF working with NRC will have the opportunity to join the KEM science team to assist in the primary fly-by encounter mission as well as the monitoring of more distant KBOs from within the Kuiper belt. The successful candidate will work with Dr. JJ Kavelaars and his group, and will closely collaborate with other members of the Research Centre and KEM science team.

Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2015) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.

Please apply online at NRC Careers – Apply Here no later than 23:59 Eastern Time on 10 May 2018.

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. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

NRC offers a wide range of benefits including dental, extended health, disability insurance, as well as generous leave entitlements. To learn more, go to:

Canadian Education and Puplic Outreach Officer for the James Webb Space Telescope

Université de Montréal, physics department

Canadian Education and Puplic Outreach Officer for the James Webb Space Telescope

The Physics department of l’Université de Montréal (UdeM) is looking for a dynamic, full-time person who will act as an education and public outreach (EPO) officer for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project in Canada. Funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the candidate will be located at the Université de Montréal and will work in close collaboration with the communication department of the CSA, the Canadian JWST science team, the EPO team at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore and other Canadian EPO organizations. Tasks for this position include:

” Develop and deliver outreach material related to JWST and astronomy to the general public, for dissemination on the CSA and UdeM websites and various social media platforms.
” Make JWST presentations to the general public and students, and answer questions from the public at kiosks and science fairs.
” Assist Canadian astronomers to disseminate their JWST science projects and resulting discoveries via web-based articles and press releases.

The minimum qualifications for this position are a PhD in astrophysics, a dynamic personality, experience in EPO and be fluent in both French and English.

Preference will be given to applicants within three years of the PhD. Applicants should prepare a statement of interests not exceeding two pages and a curriculum vitae in the same pdf document and should submit it to the job application number #508742 at the following link:
Applicants should also arrange to have two referees to send a letter of reference to the attention of René Doyon at the following address:, by the deadline of April 1st, 2018.

The successful applicant is expected to start 1 September 2018.

Directeur ou directrice – Planétarium Ville de Montréal


Salaire: Salaire minimal : 111 766 $ Maximal normal : 139 713 $ Maximum mérite : 167 659 $
Classe FM10

Catégorie d’emploi: Directeur(trice) – cadre de direction Organisation: Service Espace pour la vie
Durée: Emploi permanent
Période d’inscription: Du 3 au 26 janvier 2018 Catégorie d’emploi

Directeur(trice) – cadre de direction


Espace pour la vie réunit sur un même site le Biodôme, l’Insectarium, le Jardin botanique et le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, les quatre musées en sciences de la nature de Montréal. Ensemble, ces institutions prestigieuses forment le plus grand complexe muséal en son genre au Canada; un important pôle de biodiversité actif et ouvert sur le monde, en milieu urbain. Avec plus de deux millions de visiteurs chaque année, dont 600 000 jeunes, Espace pour la vie est aussi l’un des principaux pôles d’attraction de la métropole.

Espace pour la vie tire sa force de la complémentarité de ses quatre institutions, qui partagent une même vision : repenser la relation entre l’humain et la nature. Ensemble, elles initient un mouvement rassembleur, audacieux, créatif et urbain qui dépasse les frontières des institutions; un engagement envers la biodiversité.

Par ses actions de diffusion, de conservation, de recherche et d’éducation, le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan contribue à la réalisation de cette mission, plus spécifiquement au niveau de l’astronomie. Pendant plus de 45 ans, le Planétarium de Montréal a partagé sa passion du ciel et des étoiles avec ses visiteurs, petits et grands. Aujourd’hui, le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan propose une expérience totalement renouvelée de l’astronomie. Dans son bâtiment au design audacieux, inauguré en 2013, le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan intègre les critères les plus élevés du développement durable. Il utilise des technologies de pointe pour faire vivre une expérience inédite de l’Univers à travers deux spectacles complémentaires, l’un poétique et l’autre scientifique. Cette approche novatrice et unique de l’astronomie, conjuguant science, art et émotion fait du Planétarium un véritable précurseur dans son domaine.

Relevant du directeur d’Espace pour la vie, vous gérez les activités d’une équipe composée de 25 personnes, sous la direction du Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. Vous collaborez également à la gestion des dossiers transversaux de la direction d’Espace pour la vie.

Défis du poste

À titre de directeur(trice) du Planétarium, vous aurez à gérer et développer la production des programmes scientifiques de haut niveau. De plus, vous contribuerez à réaliser la mission d’Espace pour la vie en collaboration avec les quatre (4) autres directeurs.

Vos principales responsabilités sont les suivantes :

  • Proposer les orientations, objectifs, programmes et budgets nécessaires aux activités du Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, notamment les activités relatives au développement et à la diffusion de programmes éducatifs;
  • Participer, en tant que membre du comité de direction, à l’élaboration des orientations, stratégies et objectifs d’Espace pour la vie;
  • Agir comme chargé de projet pour les mandats transversaux du Service qu’il se voit confier;
  • Déterminer, en étroite collaboration avec les unités du Service les objectifs et les actions à prioriser pour mettre en valeur les collections et les contenus scientifiques.
  • Déterminer en étroite collaboration avec les divisions Marketing et Communications,Commercialisation, Service à la clientèle et Services techniques, les actions à prioriser pour réaliser les activités et atteindre les objectifs spécifiques du Planétarium, dans une perspective d’amélioration continue et d’expérience client;
  • Gérer, conjointement avec le directeur de l’Exploitation et le directeur du Biodôme, la qualité et l’intégration des processus-client pour l’ensemble du site (Biodôme et Planétarium);
  • Établir et développer des liens de collaboration, d’échange et de partage d’expertise avec des organismes, institutions ou partenaires de différents milieux (universitaire, muséologique, scientifique, culturel, communautaire, médiatique, environnemental, économique, etc.) dans le respect des principes du développement durable et de l’éthique pour la biosphère;
  • Diriger ou siéger, selon le cas, à divers comités de gestion, à des tables de concertation regroupant des représentants de la Ville ou d’organismes externes, ministères ou universités dans le cadre des mandats qui lui sont confiés.
  • Représenter occasionnellement l’institution auprès des instances publiques, privées et des médias en tant que porte-parole du Planétarium et d’Espace pour la vie;
  • Favoriser et supporter les occasions afin de soumettre la candidature du Planétarium pour l’obtention de subventions, de commandites ou la tenue d’événements spéciaux;
  • Favoriser le rayonnement du Planétarium et d’Espace pour la vie aux niveaux régional, national et international par diverses activités telles que la publication d’articles, la présentation de conférences, la participation à des colloques et à des congrès, etc.ExigencesScolarité

    Posséder un diplôme universitaire de premier cycle (baccalauréat) en astronomie, en administration ou tout autre domaine jugé pertinent.


    Détenir une vaste expérience correspondant aux défis et responsabilités du poste identifiés sur le présent affichage dont un minimum de cinq (5) années en gestion d’équipe pluridisciplinaire et en gestion de projets et avoir à son actif des réalisations significatives en lien avec le poste. L’expérience doit avoir été acquise dans des postes et des milieux de travail d’envergure similaire.


    Détenir un diplôme universitaire de deuxième cycle.

    Compétences – Profil des compétences génériques de gestion de la Ville de Montréal

  • Posséder une vision stratégique et un sens politique.
  • Démontrer une très bonne capacité d’influence et de prise de décision.
  • Posséder des habiletés de mobilisation d’équipes diversifiées.
  • Démontrer de grandes habiletés de gestion des opérations.
  • Faire preuve d’une bonne capacité d’adaptation et se distinguer par son approche- client.
  •   Avoir des aptitudes pour la communication interpersonnelle.


La Ville de Montréal remercie à l’avance toutes les personnes ayant manifesté leur intérêt. Elle se réserve toutefois le droit de limiter le nombre personnes à rencontrer en entrevue et ne communiquera qu’avec celles dont la candidature est retenue.

Le processus d’évaluation compte deux étapes éliminatoires distinctes. La première étape concerne les exigences spécifiques au poste à combler. La seconde étape concerne les compétences génériques de gestion pour le niveau de gestion du poste à pourvoir.

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Veuillez nous faire part de tout handicap qui nécessiterait des arrangements spéciaux adaptés à votre situation advenant que vous soyez invité(e) à un processus d’évaluation. Soyez assuré(e) que nous traiterons cette information en toute confidentialité.

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2017 U of T Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Astronomy & Astrophysics

The 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 supervisor, 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).

Students will receive a $10,000 CAD stipend.

The program runs from 7 May to 24 August, 2018.

The deadline for applications is 26 January 2018.

For full details and to apply, visit:

Faculty Vacancy Brandon University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Brandon University is a leader in providing high quality education in arts, sciences, education, music, and health studies. Based in southwestern Manitoba, Brandon University also offers pre-professional and Masters programs, as well as innovative and award-winning outreach programs in a personalized learning environment.

Applications are invited for a one-year term position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brandon University. Applications are solicited from all fields of Physics and

Brandon University is a predominantly undergraduate institution, and while department members are all active researchers, the focus is on successful and innovative teaching of our students, who thrive in the small-class and personalized learning environment that Brandon University provides. A successful track record of teaching will therefore be an important consideration. The Department offers 3-year, 4-year, and 4-year Honours undergraduate degree programs in Physics.

Qualifications: A minimum of the M.Sc. degree is required for this position, with preference given to those
with an earned Ph.D. or doctoral candidates.

Responsibilities: The assignment of courses will be partly determined based on the abilities of the successful candidate.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018

Start Date: August 1, 2018, or upon availability of successful candidate.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Applications should be sent via e-mail in a single pdf file of reasonable size, and include letter of application, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, citizenship or Canadian immigration status, as well as the names and e-mail addresses of three referees to:

Dean of Science, Brandon University, Brandon, MB, R7A 6A9 E-mail:

For more information on this position and Brandon University please see or contact the Department Chair, Dr. Todd Fugleberg ( ).

We thank all applicants for their interest in applying for this position and advise that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Short listed candidates will be expected to provide copies of credentials at time of interview.

Brandon University is committed to equity, welcomes diversity, and hires on the basis of merit. All qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversification of the University, especially women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders are encouraged to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Evidence of citizenship must be provided. To ensure this employment opportunity is accessible to all interested individuals, please advise of any accessibility needs by contacting the Human Resources office at (204)727-9782 or

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.