Principal Investigator for the TMT/WFOS Spectrograph

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA OBSERVATORIES
Principal Investigator for the TMT/WFOS Spectrograph
Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016

The University of California Observatories (UCO) invites applications for the position of Principal Investigator for the Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph on the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).  The TMT is an extremely large telescope with a primary mirror diameter of 30 meters. When completed in 2024, TMT will be one of the most powerful ground-based optical/infrared telescopes in the world, providing the capability to study fundamental astronomical problems from the first stars in the universe to the nature and formation of extra-solar planets. An international partnership consisting of the California Institute of Technology, Canada, China, India, Japan, and the University of California has been formed to deliver this exciting new observatory. For more information, please see www.tmt.org.

The Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph (WFOS) is a general purpose seeing-limited wide-field multi-object optical spectrograph designed and built by an international consortium for TMT. The WFOS project is being hosted by the University of California Observatories (UCO), a UC Multi-Campus Research Unit currently headquartered at UC Santa Cruz, charged with providing optical/infrared observing facilities to UC astronomers. UCO will coordinate the design, management, integration, testing, and commissioning of WFOS, with major subsystems provided by TMT partners in the US, China, India, and Japan.

The WFOS Principal Investigator leads the WFOS Science Team, which (among other things) is responsible for developing initial performance requirements, overseeing subsequent performance trade-off studies, and defining, executing, and analyzing tests to measure instrument capabilities. The WFOS Principal Investigator reports to the UCO Director, with project-line reporting to the TMT Project Office. Significant travel is expected, including trips to China, Japan, India, Pasadena, and the observatory site planned for Maunakea in Hawaii.  The WFOS Principal Investigator is appointed in the Professional Research series and is eligible to apply for time on UCO-affiliated telescopes, advise graduate students in collaboration with a UC faculty member, and prepare and apply for external grants as Principal Investigator. The incumbent’s research may be largely scientific or technical in nature. It is expected that the incumbent will eventually be an active observer with WFOS.

JOB DUTIES (partial, for full job description see http://ucolick.org/home/resources/employment.html):

• In partnership with the WFOS Project Manager, lead the WFOS Team to build a strong, integrated, international partnership that ensures that WFOS will excel as a first-light science instrument on TMT;
• Lead the WFOS Science Team in their task of envisioning a high-quality science instrument, simulating and evaluating its capabilities, planning for its use, and supporting the Construction Team in the design, construction, and delivery of WFOS;
• Serve as the key point of contact with the TMT Project Office for all matters related to the science performance and operational requirements of WFOS;
• Act as the ambassador and spokesperson for WFOS to the TMT and world astronomical communities;
• Hold responsibility for WFOS scientific requirements and high-level performance requirements, for trade studies as the project matures, and for designing, executing, and analyzing tests to verify that WFOS meets all requirements;
• Coordinate and oversee programmatic activities such as budgeting and resource allocation for the WFOS Science Team;
•  Interface with TMT Observatory personnel to design and plan WFOS operations;
• Conduct original scientific and/or technical research that has visibility and impact on the course of astronomical science;
• Participate in a variety of other activities in general service to UCO.

RANK: Research Astronomer
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD (or equivalent foreign) degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related Engineering discipline; a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in design and construction of large, high-technology astronomy projects; an active research program relevant to WFOS science and/or technology; experience leading teams with varied technical specialties.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Previous leadership roles in the design and construction of large, high-technology astronomy projects; self-motivated and able to perform with minimal direction; knowledge and broad understanding of the intended science with WFOS; familiarity with numerical simulations and modeling; familiarity with modern project management tools; familiarity with spectrograph optical design and modern optical design tools; familiarity with current developments in optical/IR instrumentation technology; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to generate clear and concise technical documents; demonstrated ability to clearly present technical and programmatic information in meetings, reviews, and conferences; excellent negotiation skills and ability to foster effective team cooperation; participation in significant international projects; familiarity with Mandarin Chinese and/or Japanese.

IMPORTANT: The application materials and letters of reference are expected to specifically address the requirements and qualifications enumerated in this document.

CLOSING DATE:  Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled.

POSITION AVAILABLE: April 1, 2016, or as soon as possible after closing date.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:  Initial appointment will be for three years with anticipated reappointment.  Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted.  Reappointment is also contingent upon availability of funding.

TO APPLY:  Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include: application letter with a statement of interest and qualifications including a summary of scientific management and administrative experience, a current CV and publication list, a .pdf document containing web links to your three publications most relevant to this position and to WFOS, and 3 letters of  reference addressing your specific qualifications for the position as noted above*. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00334
Refer to Position #JPF00334 in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.

2016 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 program of iREx are available on 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: Nick Cowan (NC), Andrew Cumming (AC), René Doyon (RD), David Lafrenière (DL), Pierre Bastien (PB), and the researchers Étienne Artigau (EA), Loic Albert (LA) and Julien Rameau (JR). Internships in the following topics are offered:

1 – The NIRISS Optical Simulator (NOS) – Acquisition and analysis of infrared images obtained in the laboratory (LA and JR);
2 – Space Telescopes in Service of Exoplanets: constructing and testing high-fidelity detector models to enable atmospheric characterization (NC)
3 – A search for distant planets in archival SPITZER images (EA and JR);
4- Data analysis related to brown dwarfs and exoplanets companions of young stars (EA, DL, JR);
5- Algorithms development to search for young stars (DL, RD, JR);
6- Age determination of the candidate target stars of the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) (RD);
7- Data simulations for the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), related to the study of exoplanets using transit spectroscopy and direct imaging (LA, EA, RD, DL);
8- Development in the laboratory of an optical simulator for NIRISS, one of the instruments of JWST, related to the study of exoplanets using transit spectroscopy. (LA, EA, RD);
9- Numerical simulations for the performance of SPIRou, a  infrared spectropolarimeter dedicated to the research of terrestrial exoplanets via high-precision radial velocity (EA, RD);
10 – Observations and analysis of data obtained with POMM, the new high-precision polarimeter at Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM), for the plausible targets of GPI survey (PB).

The interns could also participate to one or more observing missions at OMM 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. Four Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer interns will be attributed in 2016.

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 January 12th, 2016. The successful candidates will be contacted by the end of January.

Observatory Software Engineer

Prof. Stanimir Metchev at the University of Western Ontario Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration invites applications for an observatory software engineer.  The successful applicant will be expected to aid with the installation and automation of a robotic array of small-aperture telescopes equipped with rapid-imaging cameras. Depending on interest and qualifications, additional opportunities for collaborations with Metchev’s team exist in the fields of
exoplanets, brown dwarfs, or circumstellar debris disks.

Candidates must hold at least a bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy, Applied Mathematics, or a related field.  Strong computer programming expertise is required. Background in systems automation, data management, or image analysis would be advantageous.  The start date is flexible, but preferably no later than April 1, 2016.

Required Skills:
– experience with Linux and Windows Operating Systems
– experience with TCP/IP communication
– experience writing software interfaces to hardware devices
(e.g., temperature controllers, CCD devices, etc.)
– experience with a scripting language (python, Perl) is a plus
– experience with XML is a plus
– ability to learn new software languages / systems quickly

Candidates should submit a resume, a brief statement of experience and interests, and the names and contacts of three references directly to Prof. Metchev.  The position is open until filled. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by February 1, 2016.

For more information, please contact Prof. Metchev (smetchev@uwo.ca).

Postdoc in substellar/exoplanetary and/or time-domain astronomy

Prof. Stanimir Metchev at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) Centre
for Planetary and Space Exploration (CPSX) invites applications for a
Postdoctoral Fellow in the fields of substellar objects, exoplanetary
systems, and/or time-domain astronomy.  The successful applicant will
lead aspects of an on-going Exploration Science program with the Spitzer
Space Telescope on the variability and atmospheric properties of brown
dwarfs. Depending on interest, opportunities also exist for the design
and automation of a robotic telescope array for time-domain astronomy.
The candidate will be expected to actively pursue additional
ground-based observations in support of one or both of the above
programs.

Metchev leads the Weather on Other Worlds international collaboration,
and is a member of the GPI Exoplanet Survey and the CFHT/SPIRou Planet
Search Legacy Survey teams.  Other research at UWO CPSX spans the fields
of planetary science, astrophysics, and astrobiology.  Collaborative
opportunities exist with members of these teams and disciplines. UWO has
access to all Canadian national telescopes, including Gemini, the CHFT,
ALMA, and a slew of 1-2 metre-class telescopes.  Metchev’s team also
regularly uses other facilities, including Hubble, Magellan, NOAO
telescopes, NASA/IRTF, and McDonald Observatory.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Astronomy or a related field.
Background in precision photometry, spectroscopy, or time series
analysis would be advantageous.  The start date is flexible, but
preferably no later than April 1, 2016.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of
research experience and interests, and the names and contacts of three
references directly to Prof. Metchev.  The position is open until
filled. For full consideration, complete applications should be received
by February 1, 2016.

2 positions de Conservateurs au Musée canadien de l’histoire

 AMENDEMENT – DATE LIMITE REPOUSSÉE

Conservateur, Ethnologie et Conservateur, Art autochtone
E7 (63 085 $ – 78 856 $)
Postes permanent temps plein
Poste numéro 9644 et 7131

Le Musée canadien de l’histoire (MCH) est présentement à la recherche d’un expert dans le domaine de l’ethnologie et d’un expert dans le domaine de l’art autochtone y compris l’histoire de l’art autochtone et l’expression artistique avec un intérêt pour l’art autochtone contemporain et/ou l’art Inuit.

Le candidat idéal est un chercheur exceptionnel ayant fait ses preuves auprès d’institutions culturelles, dans les domaines de la recherche, des publications et de l’engagement communautaire. Il sait mener à bien divers projets de concert avec de multiples partenaires universitaires, institutionnels, gouvernementaux et communautaires; il fait preuve d’enthousiasme et de créativité lorsqu’il travaille en équipe, possède d’excellentes qualités interpersonnelles et comprend le fonctionnement du secteur public. Le candidat favorisera la recherche, un élément fondamental du travail mené par le Musée au nom des Canadiens tout en améliorant la réputation de l’institution à titre de contributeur de confiance et responsable à la société civile.

De plus, vous détenez une maîtrise ou un doctorat (de préférence) dans une discipline pertinente ou une combinaison équivalente d’expérience et d’études.

Vous possédez une connaissance :
• De la recherche pertinente, des méthodes de recherche, des activités professionnelles, de la littérature et des pratiques exemplaires dans la discipline et les disciplines connexes, au niveau national et international;
• De la recherche appliquée et de la communication avec le grand public;
• Des réseaux professionnels, des possibilités de recherche, des technologies ou médias émergents ou pertinents;
• De la culture matérielle, des rôles et responsabilités d’un conservateur, de la planification des collections;
• Des programmes, des activités et de l’environnement opérationnel du Musée canadien de l’histoire.

Vous possédez de l’expérience en :
• Recherches complexes et détaillées dans le ou les domaines pertinents;
• Communications savantes et diffusion de la recherche, incluant des publications imprimées et non imprimées;
• Évaluation, documentation ou utilisation professionnelle de la culture matérielle à des fins de recherche et de communication;
• Environnement de travail multidisciplinaire ou basé sur le travail d’équipe;
• Communications avec le grand public et développement de projet.

Puisque vous devrez travailler dans un environnement hautement informatisé, une expérience démontrée des logiciels de traitement de texte (Word), de chiffrier électronique (Excel), de présentation (Power Point) et de courrier électronique (Outlook) est requise.

Les compétences clés suivantes sont jugées essentielles au succès de cette possibilité remplie de défis : Expertise; Préoccupation de l’ordre et de la qualité; Autorité et influence; Travail d’équipe et coopération; Sensibilité organisationnelle; Pensée analytique.

Ce poste requiert l’utilisation des deux langues officielles (Français/Anglais) CBC impératif et une vérification de fiabilité approfondie. Pour une définition plus détaillée du niveau linguistique requis, consulter notre site Web. Nous encourageons tous les candidats à soumettre leur mise en candidature, peu importe s’ils croient répondre aux exigences linguistique du poste. Dans le cadre de son processus d’embauche, le Musée envoie les candidats qualifiés en validation linguistique afin de déterminer leur compétence linguistique. Si le candidat retenu ne rencontre pas le profil linguistique du poste, il devra répondre aux exigences linguistiques du poste à l’intérieur d’un temps raisonnable déterminé par le Musée. Une formation linguistique pourrait être offerte.

Ce poste s’adresse aux employés du Musée, aux candidats externes et/ou aux candidats du répertoire.

Le Musée canadien de l’histoire souscrit au principe d’équité en matière d’emploi et nous nous efforçons d’avoir une main-d’œuvre qui reflète la population canadienne. Nous encourageons fortement les candidats à préciser volontairement leur groupe d’appartenance : peuples autochtones, groupes de minorités visibles, ou personnes handicapées.

Nous remercions tous les candidats de l’intérêt qu’ils nous témoignent; cependant, nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les candidats retenus.

Le Musée canadien de l’histoire peut inventorier l’information reçue des candidats pour des postes similaires.

Cette possibilité d’emploi vous intéresse? Faites parvenir votre demande avant le 4 décembre 2015 à 16 h en postulant sur le site webwww.museedelhistoire.ca/emplois sous « Opportunités d’emplois actuelles ».

***Le générique masculin est utilisé à la seule fin de ne pas alourdir le libellé.***

Postdoctoral Position in Radio Interferometry

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

Email 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: vanderlinde@dunlap.utoronto.ca

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: January 15, 2016
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The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on scientific and technical problems related to the real-time imaging pipeline of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), a wide-field radio survey telescope studying both the cosmological Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, and the more local time-variable radio sky.

The appointee is expected to contribute to the success of CHIME via the development of relevant software, data pipelines and catalog products, working under the supervision of Prof Keith Vanderlinde. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in areas relevant to the CHIME survey. People with skills and experience in aperture synthesis interferometry, distributed software pipelines or GPU-based processing systems are encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Vanderlinde (vanderlinde@dunlap.utoronto.ca<mailto:vanderlinde@dunlap.utoronto.ca>) for additional information prior to submitting their applications. Candidates are also encouraged to apply for Dunlap postdoctoral fellowships; in this case, applications for this position may consist of only a cover letter that explicitly grants access permission of the relevant Dunlap application and associated reference letters for the purposes of this job application

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.

Candidates must possess a recent PhD or equivalent qualification in physics or astronomy, should have demonstrated experience in pipeline software development, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Prior expertise in radio interferometry is desirable but not essential. The initial appointment will be for two years, renewable for additional years subject to satisfactory performance.

The Dunlap Institute is committed to a flexible and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and potential two-body hires.  Subject to immigration regulations, the successful candidate will be given the option to take up the position as a part-time appointment (such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application).

The nominal starting date for the position is September 1, 2016, although earlier starting dates are possible. 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 admin@dunlap.utoronto.ca<mailto:admin@dunlap.utoronto.ca>, all to be received no later than January 15, 2016. Only electronic applications (PDF attachments preferred) will be accepted.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

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.

Research Associate in Radio Astronomy (104-15-0056)

New November 30th 2015 deadline.
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s premiere research and technology organization.

We are looking for a dynamic Research Associate to support the Radio Astronomy team within the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (HAA) portfolio. You are someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astronomy or astrophysics who is highly motivated to exploit facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers and contributes to projects underway at NRC Herzberg. We are particularly seeking a candidate with research interests in one or more of the following areas:
• The study of magnetic fields in the Milky Way Galaxy through radio-polarimetric observations or via Zeeman splitting
• Wide-field radio continuum surveys with an emphasis on polarization imaging
• Observations of nearby galaxies
• Transient and highly variable sources, including Pulsars
• Observational Cosmology.

The successful candidate will be expected to make use of radio facilities at DRAO, the Synthesis Telescope and the John A. Galt Telescope, as well as many others around the world, such as the Jansky VLA, ALMA, GBT, CHIME, ATCA, Arecibo, LOFAR, MWA, and the SKA precursors ASKAP and MeerKAT.

The successful candidate is expected to work independently and perform original research as well as work in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with projects most relevant to his or her area of expertise. Additionally, the candidate is expected to actively engage with the Canadian astronomy community in support of community use of Canada’s astronomy facilities. The candidate will be expected to organize the DRAO seminar series.

The work is performed in a stimulating, collegial environment. The Research Associate will have access to the astronomical facilities operated by NRC, as well as to other facilities with open competition.

Candidates with strong instrumentation backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please note that a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a research proposal no longer than 3 pages must be attached to your online application. If at all possible, the proposal should highlight areas that are relevant to one or more of the research areas listed above. In addition, please have at least two letters of reference sent by email in confidence to NRC.ExtHiring-EmbaucheExt.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca by the November 30th 2015 deadline quoting #104-15-0056 in the subject line. Unique to this RA competition, transcripts and copies of degrees will only be required to be submitted at the offer stage. For background information on the RA program, please go to: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/ibp/hia/fellowship/covington/index.html

Education:

As part of the RA Program you must have received your Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.

Experience:

Five years or less experience in astrophysics beyond the Ph.D.

Experience in conducting original scientific research in radio astrophysics, demonstrated by published papers in the refereed scientific literature.

Experience with radio interferometry/aperture synthesis and/or single dish techniques.

Experience with instrumentation would be considered an asset.

Preference will be given to those with research interests related to SKA key science projects.

Language Requirements:

English

Salary Range:

The Research Associate Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.

From $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.

Only applications received on our website will be accepted.  Please visit http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/EnglishAll/460A3A249D0F222285257E7C00506E62 to submit your résumé.

Faculty position: Canada Research Chair Tier II

The Saint Mary’s University Department of Astronomy and Physics invites applications from researchers in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics to be the University’s nominee for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Astronomy. Tier-II CRC positions are prestigious appointments established by the government of Canada and designed to attract exceptional emerging researchers who are within ten years of obtaining their PhDs and are acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to become leaders in their field (see www.chairs.gc.ca for details and eligibility criteria). To facilitate research, they carry a substantially reduced teaching load. The successful candidate will be nominated by the University to the CRC Secretariat and, if approved, will be appointed as a regular faculty member to a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Collectively, astronomy, computational sciences, and subatomic physics form one of the five major research t
hemes at Saint Mary’s University. The University recognizes the long and continuing record of excellence from the Department in these fields of research and has allocated two Canada Research Chairs to Astronomy (this position as well as a Tier I CRC that is also being filled this year). More details may be found at: http://www.smu.ca/webfiles/SRP-Senateapproved.pdf.

The Department of Astronomy and Physics is the regional centre for astronomy in Atlantic Canada, and consists of ten faculty members, all with active research efforts in observational astronomy, theoretical and computational astrophysics, and experimental subatomic physics. The Department offers both MSc and PhD degrees in astronomy, as well as undergraduate physics and astrophysics programs. Saint Mary’s University also 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. Astronomers in the Department can apply for observing time on Gemini, CFHT, ALMA, JCMT ASTROSAT and Astro-H, and in the future facilities such as JWST and TMT. ICA members are active in the local HPC consortium, ACEnet, as
well as in Compute Canada, while the subatomic physicists are frequent users of TRIUMF, Jefferson Lab, and other world facilities. For a more complete account of departmental activities, see 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. Halifax is a major educational and economic centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to six universities. It 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 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. While preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, applications from all qualified applicants will be considered.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1st, 2015. To be considered, please submit your CV and research plan to the address below, and arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent directly to the same address by that date.

Marcin Sawicki, Chairperson
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 3C3
Email: chair@ap.smu.ca

William and Caroline Herschel Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The astronomy and astrophysics group at McMaster University invites applications for the newly created William and Caroline Herschel Postdoctoral Fellowship. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue an independent research program, though preference will be given to proposals connected to strengths in the group. Research areas within the McMaster astronomy and astrophysics group include computational astrophysics, star formation and interstellar medium physics, stellar astrophysics, planet formation, nearby galaxies, galaxy formation and evolution, and cosmology.

Interested candidates should submit an application (PDF file format) that includes (1) a cover letter, (2) a research proposal of not more  than three pages including references, and (3) a current CV.  Applicants should arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted separately to herschel@physics.mcmaster.ca.

Appointments will initially be for one year, though the fellowship is renewable for an additional year subject to academic review of the candidate. The position will begin in early Fall of 2016. This fellowship carries a competitive salary and benefits package.

Application materials and letters of reference (as well as any questions) should be submitted by email to herschel@physics.mcmaster.ca. Complete applications and separate letters of reference are due by December 1, 2015. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately following the closing date and decisions are expected to be announced in January.

This position will be part of a Collective Agreement for Postdoctoral Fellows, CUPE 3906, Unit#3.

McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. Accordingly, the University especially encourages applications from women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Toronto

Email Submission Address: fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca<mailto:fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca>

Attention To: Prof. Bryan Gaensler, Director

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

Email Address for Inquiries: director@dunlap.utoronto.ca<mailto:director@dunlap.utoronto.ca>

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: November 15, 2015

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The University of Toronto invites applications for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This growing unit pursues groundbreaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to instrumentation, data-driven science and observations, and in close collaboration with Toronto colleagues in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA), the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Center for Planetary Sciences (CPS).

Dunlap Fellows are expected to conduct a program of original research either independently or in collaboration with others at the University, and will be offered professional development and mentoring across a range of areas relevant to a scientific career. Exceptional candidates in instrumentation, software, observations, computation or experimentally-related theoretical topics are encouraged to apply. Fellows have access to laboratories, computing clusters and fabrication facilities, and can propose for additional support for their experimental or computational plans. Dunlap Fellows are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach and training initiatives. The range of activities and opportunities in research, outreach and training can be seen in the annual reports on the Dunlap Institute’s web site.

The Dunlap Institute, DAA, CITA and CPS 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.

The Dunlap Institute is committed to a flexible and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and potential two-body hires.  Subject to immigration regulations, successful candidates will be given the option to take up their Fellowships as part-time appointments (such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application).

Appointments are initially for two years, with expectation of renewal for up to two further years subject to satisfactory performance. Dunlap Fellowships include an annual salary of CAD $67000 plus generous benefits, a research allowance of CAD $18000 per year, relocation assistance, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute.

The approximate expected starting date is September 1, 2016. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and statement of research interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca<mailto:fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca> by November 15, 2015. In addition, each applicant must nominate in their cover letter either a Dunlap faculty member (see http://www.dunlap.utoronto.ca/people/faculty/) or associated faculty member (seehttp://www.dunlap.utoronto.ca/people/associated-faculty/) to act as their host. Applicants must ensure that the relevant host sends a brief email to fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca<mailto:fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca> by November 15, 2015 to confirm their support for the application.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

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.