Research Associate, Adaptive Optics NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
CANADA
Fax : (613) 990-1286
Telephone: (613) 949-7685
E-mail enquiries: HRQuestionsRH_CG1@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

Related URLs: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/PostbyCity_E

Further information on NRC Herzberg can be found at http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/rd/nsi/index.html

Information on NRC Herzberg staff and their research interests is available at http://bit.ly/2aoT8tf

Proposed start date: Summer 2017

A Research Associate is required to work on adaptive optics (AO) research, as part of the National Research Council of Canada’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Portfolio (HAA) Adaptive Optics (AO) Team. The HAA-AO Team is currently involved in a number of international projects, which include the Gemini Planet Image (GPI) and the Narrow Field Infra-Red AO System (NFIRAOS), the first light Multi-Conjugate AO (MCAO) system for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The GPI instrument is in operation but will soon require upgrades. The NFIRAOS project is in its final design phase. In addition, the AO Team is also engaged in an ambitious R&D program focussed on advanced wave-front sensing and wide-field AO.

To support these activities, the HAA-AO Team has developed an extensive laboratory infrastructure (AO Lab), which currently includes two optical benches. The first is an MCAO bench called Herzberg NFIRAOS Optical Simulator (HENOS). HENOS is a scaled down model of NFIRAOS and is used develop and validate the control algorithms, the calibration procedures, and the post-processing software that will be implemented in NFIRAOS. The HENOS bench includes simulated natural and laser guide stars, simulated atmospheric turbulence, two deformable mirrors, one Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensor (WFS), one pyramid WFS and a science camera. The second bench is dedicated to exploring novel wave-front sensing techniques, including pyramid WFSs and non-linear techniques such as phase diversity. Plans are also in the works to deploy a third bench dedicated to high-contrast imaging. The HAA-AO Team engages with graduate students (typically three to four at any given time) from the University of Victoria and elsewhere in Canada, who use the AO Lab to carry out their research projects.

The Research Associate will play a key role in using the AO Lab to carry out original AO research, developing its capabilities and coordinating the work of the graduate students. He/she will also be expected to support on-going projects such as NFIRAOS by providing critical AO-related analysis to help progress designs.

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 10 February 2017 via the process described at the URL provided.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Vous pouvez obtenir ces renseignements en français au site web indiqué ci-haut.

Post-doctoral position in Interstellar Optical Spectroscopy

Prof. Jan Cami invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in interstellar optical spectroscopy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) at the University of Western Ontario. The successful applicant will work on the Diffuse Interstellar Band (DIB) problem and lead much of the data analysis efforts to exploit the EDIBLES (ESO DIB Large Exploration Survey) data set, an unprecedented collection of high signal-to-noise and high spectral resolution observations obtained with VLT/UVES. He or she will also have the possibility to participate in other research programs as well as carrying out independent research.

Candidates must have a PhD in astrophysics or related fields, and preferably a background in astronomical spectroscopy and/or data analysis. Expertise in studies of the interstellar medium or in data analysis using advanced statistical methods and/or machine learning techniques would be advantageous.

The initial appointment is for 1 year with the expectation of one or two additional years dependent upon performance and continued funding. The start date is flexible, but preferably no later than the summer of 2017.

Support for research and observing travel as well as publications will be provided.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV with bibliography, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Prof. Cami. The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by March 1, 2017. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity.

Applications should be sent via e-mail to jcami@uwo.ca or via mail to:
Jan Cami
Department of Physics and Astronomy, PAB 203
The University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7
Canada

Post-doctoral position in observational IR astronomy

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in observational infrared astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Western Ontario. The successful candidate will pursue projects with Prof. Els Peeters. These projects will be related to studies of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and dust in various environments, with an emphasis on (galactic and extragalactic) star-forming regions and photodissociation regions (PDRs), and will utilize Spitzer, SOFIA, ground-based and future JWST observations. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the preparation for the upcoming JWST mission and in the analysis of JWST Early Release Science data.

Candidates must have a PhD in astrophysics or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in IR astronomy and astronomical data reduction. Prior research experience with PAHs and dust is desirable but not required. The appointment is for 2 years with an additional year dependent upon performance and continued funding. The start date is flexible but is expected to be summer 2017.

Applicants should send (preferably electronically) a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be send directly to Dr. Peeters by March 1, 2017. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity.

Name: Els Peeters
Email address: epeeters@uwo.ca
Affiliation: University of Western Ontario

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Research Associate, Adaptive Optics NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
CANADA
Fax : (613) 990-1286
Telephone: (613) 949-7685
E-mail enquiries: HRQuestionsRH_CG1@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.
Related URLs:  http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/PostbyCity_E
Further information on NRC Herzberg can be found at http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/rd/nsi/index.html
Information on NRC Herzberg staff and their research interests is available at http://bit.ly/2aoT8tf
Proposed start date:  Summer 2017

A Research Associate is required to work on adaptive optics (AO) research, as part of the National Research Council of Canada’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Portfolio (HAA) Adaptive Optics (AO) Team. The HAA-AO Team is currently involved in a number of international projects, which include the Gemini Planet Image (GPI) and the Narrow Field Infra-Red AO System (NFIRAOS), the first light Multi-Conjugate AO (MCAO) system for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The GPI instrument is in operation but will soon require upgrades. The NFIRAOS project is in its final design phase. In addition, the AO Team is also engaged in an ambitious R&D program focussed on advanced wave-front sensing and wide-field AO.
To support these activities, the HAA-AO Team has developed an extensive laboratory infrastructure (AO Lab), which currently includes two optical benches. The first is an MCAO bench called Herzberg NFIRAOS Optical Simulator (HENOS). HENOS is a scaled down model of NFIRAOS and is used develop and validate the control algorithms, the calibration procedures, and the post-processing software that will be implemented in NFIRAOS. The HENOS bench includes simulated natural and laser guide stars, simulated atmospheric turbulence, two deformable mirrors, one Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensor (WFS), one pyramid WFS and a science camera. The second bench is dedicated to exploring novel wave-front sensing techniques, including pyramid WFSs and non-linear techniques such as phase diversity. Plans are also in the works to deploy a third bench dedicated to high-contrast imaging. The HAA-AO Team engages with graduate students (typically three to four at any given time) from the University of V
ictoria and elsewhere in Canada, who use the AO Lab to carry out their research projects.
The Research Associate will play a key role in using the AO Lab to carry out original AO research, developing its capabilities and coordinating the work of the graduate students. He/she will also be expected to support on-going projects such as NFIRAOS by providing critical AO-related analysis to help progress designs.
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 10 February 2017 via the process described at the URL provided.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.
Vous pouvez obtenir ces renseignements en français au site web indiqué ci-haut.

Tenure-track position in Astrophysics and Particle Astrophysics at Queen’s University

The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in astrophysics and particle astrophysics. The expected starting date for the position is July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will be an outstanding scientist who will establish an excellent research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision. In exceptional cases, candidates above the level of Assistant Professor may be considered.

Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy at Queen’s University has 28 Faculty members working in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, condensed matter physics and optics, engineering and applied physics, and particle astrophysics. We are located in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities.

Queen’s is playing a lead role in the establishment of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC), an ambitious new program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). A major goal of CPARC includes building a powerful research team contributing to the many diverse requirements of a world-leading particle astrophysics research program. This includes the development of particle astrophysics experiments and theory, observational and theoretical astrophysics, detector design, and the development of tools and techniques for calibration, material screening and low level radio-purification. To achieve this, CPARC aims to benefit from and strengthen cross-disciplinary expertise at Queen’s between Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy (particle astrophysics and detector development), Chemistry (radio-analytical chemistry), Geological Sciences (Facility for Isotopic Research) and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Reactor Materials Testing
Laboratory). The University anticipates hiring seven faculty members associated with CPARC, in addition to a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) particle astrophysics theorist, to complement its current team of research scientists, engineers, technicians, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. An additional seven faculty hires are being strategically targeted at collaborating institutions across Canada to significantly enhance this world-renowned particle astrophysics program. For further information please see www.cparc.ca.

Please go to

http://www.queensu.ca/physics/employment-tenure-track-position-astrophysics-and-particle-astrophysics

to view the full job ad and for instructions on how to apply.

TENURE-TRACK, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION AT SAINT MARY’S

The Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The anticipated start date is July 1st, 2017. The Department is particularly interested in applicants in the area of computational astrophysics but candidates from other areas of astronomy and astrophysics are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a related field and the ability to develop and maintain an innovative, externally-funded research program, and supervise graduate students. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will be expected to play an active service role at the University.

Saint Mary’s University identifies astronomy, computational sciences, and subatomic physics collectively as one of its five major research themes. The Department of Astronomy and Physics is the centre for astronomy research in Atlantic Canada, and consists of ten full-time faculty members, all with active research efforts in observational astronomy, theoretical and computational astrophysics, and experimental subatomic physics. Additionally, the University hosts the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA), an institute focused on promoting computational astrophysics in the broadest possible terms, including the tackling of complex astrophysical phenomena through numerical simulation and advancing discoveries utilizing “big data” from large multinational observational facilities. Observational astronomers in the Department are eligible for Canadian time on observatories including Gemini, CFHT, ALMA, Astrosat, and JCMT as well as JWST and TMT while ICA members are active users of Compute Canada HPC facilities. Our subatomic physicists are frequent users of TRIUMF, Jefferson Lab, GSI, and other world facilities. The Department offers B.Sc. Major and Honours programs in Astrophysics and in Physics, and faculty members supervise graduate students in M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Astronomy and in Applied Science. For a more complete account of Department activities, please see http://www.ap.smu.ca.

Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people that is a major educational and economic centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. The city is conveniently located close to recreational areas and major urban centres in Canada and the northeastern United States. A public university with over 7,000 students, Saint Mary’s offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University has gone through significant renewal in the past decade and has over 250 full-time faculty involved in innovative teaching, research, and service. For more information about the University and the Faculty of Science, please see http://science.smu.ca/.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. In keeping with Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1st, 2017. Applications should include a cover letter specifically addressing the applicant’s interest in working at Saint Mary’s University and detailing the applicant’s scholarly research interests; a CV; a research plan; a teaching dossier (including a teaching philosophy statement, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness); and the names and contact information of three references. Please arrange for the three recommendation letters to be sent directly to the address below.

Applications should be sent via email, as a single PDF file to search@ap.smu.ca
or via mail to:
Dr. Marcin Sawicki, Chairperson
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 3C3

Inquiries may be sent to: search@ap.smu.ca

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 $9000 CAD stipend.

The program runs from 8 May to 25 August, 2017.

The deadline for applications is 30 January 2017.

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

2017 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns iREx

The institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), recently created at Université de Montréal, brings together professors, researchers and students specialized in the detection and characterization of exoplanets and low-mass objects, young stars and protoplanetary disks. They are engaged in a variety of observational, theoretical and instrumental projects. More details on the scientific programs of iREx are available on the following web site : http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/?lang=en

The institute is offering excellence grants at all levels (BSc, MSc, PhD and postdoctoral). At this time, iREx is calling for applications to Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns. The summer internships last 4 months (May-August). They are a unique occasion for students at the BSc level to join iREx’s dynamic team and get involved in cutting-edge research in astrophysics. Interns will be able to participate actively to breakthrough scientific programs related to exoplanets and related thematic issues.  The researchers who are available to supervise interns this summer are the following professors: Pierre Bastien (PB), Bjoern Benneke (BB), Nick Cowan (NC), Andrew Cumming (AC), René Doyon (RD), and David Lafrenière (DL), and the researchers Jason Rowe (JR), Loïc Albert (LA),  Lison Malo (LM), Julien Rameau (JuR) and Lauren Weiss (LW). Internships in the following topics are offered:

- Development of algorithms related to the search of young stars (RD);
- Simulations of the future James Webb Space Telescope data related to the study of exoplanets using transit spectroscopy and direct imaging (RD, DL);
- Development of precision photometry techniques to observe the transit of exoplanets (DL);
- Photometric follow-up of the stellar activity of transiting exoplanets hosts (DL);
- Study of exoplanetary atmospheres using very high-resolution transit spectroscopy (DL);
- Exploration of exoplanetary atmospheres with space telescopes (NC);
- Theoretical studies of the role of magnetic fields in hot jupiters atmospheric flows (AC);
- Theoretical studies of the early stages of gas giant formation, including composition gradients (AC);
- Detection and characterization of giant exoplanets atmospheres using direct imaging from space and from the ground (JuR, RD, DL);
- Analyse of CFHT images of the Taurus molecular cloud survey to find young, low-mass objects >5 Mjup. (LA, RD);
- Search for signals of exoplanetary atmospheres in archival high-resolution stellar spectra (LW, JR);
- Determination of the magnetic fields of low-mass star candidates for the search of exoplanets (LM, RD);
- Models of the polarization of exoplanet transits (PB);
- Characterization of an intriguing hot Jupiter atmosphere using high-resolution spectroscopy from the 10-meter Keck telescopes (BB);
- Detection and confirmation of new exoplanets for future JWST characterization using the Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes (BB).

The interns could also participate to one or more observing missions at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic during the summer. The 3,000$ Trottier Excellence Grant for Summer interns can be combined with NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for a total amount of 7,500$. For non-bursary students, professors will complete iREx’s Trottier Excellence Grant to provide a total amount of 6,000$ for the internship. All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in physics or astrophysics in a Canadian university are eligible to apply. The internship will take place at Université de Montréal or McGill University. Five Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer interns will be attributed in 2017.

Interested candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, an academic transcript and a short statement of interest (a few paragraphs at most) in which they explain their motivation to obtain the internship, and their preferred thematic. The applications must be submitted by email at irex@astro.umontreal.ca before December 15th, 2016. The successful candidates will be contacted at the end of January.

Radio Antenna and Instrumentation Engineer, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Radio Antenna and Instrumentation Engineer, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

5071 West Saanich Road

Victoria, BC V9E 2E7

CANADA

Fax : (613) 990-1286

Telephone: (613) 949-7685

E-mail enquiries: HRQuestionsRH_CG1@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

Related URLs: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/EnglishAll/32691F54B52075D08525803C00517332

Further information on NRC Herzberg can be found at http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/rd/nsi/index.html

Information on NRC Herzberg staff and their research interests is available at http://bit.ly/2aoT8tf

The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics portfolio of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking for a vibrant and dynamic Radio Antenna and Instrumentation Engineer to support our NRC Herzberg’s Millimetre Instrumentation Group. The Millimetre Instrumentation Group is part of the Astronomy Technology Program within NRC Herzberg. This group is located in Victoria, BC. The main goals of this group are the design, building, testing, and commissioning of state-of-the-art detectors, components, and science instruments for the Canadian astronomical community in the areas of centimetre and (sub)millimetre wavelength astronomy. The group participates in the development of international astronomy facilities such as the Atacama Large Millimetre Array, the Square Kilometre Array, the MeerKAT observatory, and the next generation Very Large Array.

This hiring is a Term position with all the associated benefits, including paid maternity and parental leave, vacation, accruable pension contributions and others.

Applicants must have acquired a Bachelor degree in Engineering, Applied Physics, or Engineering Physics. Applications should be made by 25 November 2016 via the process described at the URL provided.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Vous pouvez obtenir ces renseignements en français au site web indiqué ci-haut.

Postdoctoral fellowship in astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets at Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) of Université de Montréal

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the physics department of the University of Montreal (UdeM), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets.

The iREx consists of a growing team of about 40 people (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students) 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 are actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, notably the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Gemini Planet Imager, SPIRou and NIRPS. In addition, iREx researchers will have access to guaranteed observing time with the JWST, SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on iREx research programs can be found here: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/?page_id=1230&lang=en.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests not to exceed 2 pages, and should arrange to have three referees send a letter of reference.

Preference is given to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials including letters of reference must be received electronically at the following address: irex@astro.umontreal.ca, by the deadline of December 5th, 2016.

The successful applicant is expected to start between June and September 2017. The position is for two years, renewable for a third one subject to performance and availability of funds.

Social Benefits:
Postdoctoral researchers at UdeM enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, see

http://www.fesp.umontreal.ca/fileadmin/Documents/PDF/GuideStagiairePostdoctoral_Eng.pdf