Assistant Professor

Experimental Astrophysics or Astronomical Instrumentation – University of Toronto – 1600783

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Astronomy and Astrophysics
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Closing: Nov 15, 2016, 11:59pm EST

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto together invite applications for a tenure-stream faculty appointment in experimental astrophysics. This is a joint appointment between the DAA (51%) and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (49%) at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on 1 July 2017.

We seek applicants in experimental astrophysics or astronomical instrumentation. The successful candidate is expected to establish and lead a dynamic externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and engage in university service activities. The selection will be based primarily on the applicant’s excellence in research and teaching. Excellence in research is evidenced primarily by the quality of published papers and other documents submitted for review. The successful candidate for this position is expected to pursue innovative research at the highest international level and to continue an established record of publishing articles in the leading academic journals in the field. Participation in major international conferences and invited seminars at leading institutions, and other noteworthy activities in Astronomy and Astrophysics that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline are assets. Evidence for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures, is required. Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment or shortly after.

The University of Toronto (www.utoronto.ca) offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The Dunlap Institute has a strong focus on developing innovative astronomical instrumentation and technology, has a large prize postdoctoral program (the Dunlap Fellowships) and has substantive programs in professional training and public outreach. The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Centre for Planetary Studies (CPS) are also part of the graduate department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Toronto astronomers have access to a wide arrange of observational facilities with guaranteed access to JWST, TMT, MWA and CHIME. The Dunlap Institute has facilitated Canadian access to LSST.

All application materials should be submitted online by November 15, 2016. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a research statement including laboratory plans, and a teaching statement including outreach experience and interests.

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to: astrochair@astro.utoronto.ca. Please ensure the candidate’s name is included in the subject line and that letters are on letterhead and signed. Requests for more information can be directed in confidence to the same email address.

If you have questions about this position, please contact chair@astro.utoronto.ca. For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit http://www.astro.utoronto.ca or http://www.dunlap.utoronto.ca.

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

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

To apply online, please click HERE.

Professor and Department Head

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Manitoba

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a full-time position as Head at the rank of tenured Professor, commencing July 1, 2017, or on a date mutually agreed upon. The Department seeks an established scholar with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Outstanding candidates in any area of physics and astronomy will be considered, with particular emphasis on candidates who will complement or extend the department’s strengths in atomic, molecular and optical physics, astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, medical physics, subatomic physics, and theoretical physics. The successful candidate will have a track record of high quality scholarly research leading to peer assessed publications, will have established an independent, innovative, scholarly, externally fundable research program, will have demonstrated outstanding teaching contributions, will have demonstrated strong administrative, leadership and management skills, and will exhibit evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To enhance our department and create role models for a diverse population of students, we particularly invite application from those who can support and enhance our diversity, including women, Indigenous peoples, other visible minorities, and those committed to a diverse environment.

The Department currently has 20 full time tenured and tenure track faculty members and 2 Instructors, and offers a full range of undergraduate programs, including Honours and Major programs with Astronomy, Physics and Medical/Biological options and Joint Honours programs in Physics/Chemistry, Physics/Computer Science and Physics/Mathematics, as well as graduate programs in all of the research specializations. The Department hosts a variety of vibrant and well-equipped individual and collaborative research programs. Research is also conducted at major national and international astrophysics and subatomic physics facilities and has access to high performance computing. Medical physics research is conducted in collaboration with CancerCare Manitoba. The Department maintains strong research links with other University of Manitoba departments and institutes including Chemistry, Radiology, Civil Engineering, Biological Sciences and the Manitoba Institute for Materials. Further information about the Department can be obtained from http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/science/departments/physics/index.html.

Winnipeg is the largest city in the Province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment, including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, and ethnic festivals. The region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at http://www.winnipeg.ca/interhom/.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications including a curriculum vitae, a description of teaching philosophy, a summary of research interests, a three page research plan, a statement of leadership and management philosophy, and contact information for three references should be sent to: peter.loewen@umanitoba.ca (PDF files preferred). Please ensure to specify position number (21964 and BJ473) in the application. For further information contact the Search Committee Chair at: peter.loewen@umanitoba.ca.

The closing date for receipt of applications is October 15, 2016 or until position is filled.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act” (Manitoba). Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

For more information on this and other opportunities, please visit: http://umanitoba.ca/employment.

Tenure Track Position in Physics

Tenure Track Position in Physics 
GRSC-2016-002 
 
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, has a population of more than 1,300 students and emphasizes innovative approaches to teaching and learning, research and engagement. Experiential learning, impactful research and strong community relationships are the hallmarks of Grenfell’s profile.
 
The Division of Science at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a tenure track position in Physics beginning August 1, 2016.
 
GRSC-2016-002, Physics: Duties will include teaching, research, and service to the university. A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy and demonstrated excellence in teaching is required. Experience with the operation and maintenance of a research-grade telescope and instrumentation is highly desirable. Experience in science promotion and outreach is an asset. The candidate should have research interests and the ability to teach a range of courses in the areas of Astronomy and Subatomic Physics, in support of a B.Sc. with a major and a minor in Physics, and within an interdisciplinary degree program in General Science.
 
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. 
 
A letter of application, a curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including evidence of teaching effectiveness and a sample course outline), and the names of three references should be sent to: The Acting Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Academic, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, NL, A2H 6P9. Telephone 709-639-6526; Fax 709-637-6218 or email associatevpoffice@grenfell.mun.ca
 
All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. Salary will reflect qualifications and experience in accordance with the Collective Agreement governing faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. 
 

 

Faculty Vacancy Brandon University

Faculty Vacancy
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY 
 
Applications are invited for a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brandon University. Applications are solicited from all fields of Physics and Astronomy. 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.
 
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.
 
The sessional position will likely include instruction of the department’s high-enrollment introductory calculus-based Physics courses Foundations of Physics I and II (74:161 from Sept-Dec. 2016 and 74:162, Jan-April 2017 respectively). As well, the position will involve teaching some of the upper year Physics courses. The actual assignment of courses will be partly determined based on the abilities of the successful candidate. The workload assignment for this position is for the maximum allowable 12 credit-hours of instruction, for which the total remuneration will be $26,114. There is a possibility that a second candidate could be chosen for 6 credit-hours of instruction, for which the total remuneration will be $11,870.
 
For more information on this position and Brandon University please see http://www.brandonu.ca or contact the Department Chair, Dr. Todd Fugleberg (fuglebergt@brandonu.ca).
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 status, as well as the names and e-mail addresses of three references.
Please address applications to:
 
Dr. Todd Fugleberg
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Brandon University
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
 
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2016
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 hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Postdoc in extragalactic astronomy with CFHT+Subaru large datasets

The CFHT Large Area U-band Deep Survey (CLAUDS) is a 60-night dark-time program that obtains very deep (27AB, 5sigma in 2″ apertures) imaging of ~20 square degrees in sky area also being imaged to similar depths in grizy by the Subaru HyperSuprimeCam (HSC) strategic survey program. These data are divided into four roughly equal-sized fields of ~5 sq deg each and rich in ancillary data, namely the extended COSMOS, ELAIS-N1, DEEP2-3, and XMM LSS fields. This is by far the deepest u-band imaging ever obtained over this large an area and complements an equally superb Subaru optical dataset. CLAUDS data acquisition and processing is well underway and will be finished in 2016, while complementary Subaru HSC data are also being taken.

A postdoctoral fellow with experience in optical/IR extragalactic science will have significant freedom to work on projects of his/her interest that exploit the scientific potential of the combined CFHT+Subaru datasets. The position will be associated with Dr. Marcin Sawicki’s research group at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada, but will also provide opportunities to collaborate with members of the HSC survey consortium, including those at Princeton and in numerous Japanese institutions. The fellow will also have time for independent research and he/she will be able to apply for Canadian time on ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT, and (starting in 2018) JWST.  As Dr. Sawicki is a member of the JWST-NIRISS Science Team, the fellow may also be able to contribute to the planning of Guaranteed Time Observations with that instrument.

The start date is negotiable but should be between May and October 2016. The appointment is initially for two years with the possibility of extension. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to the email address below. The statement of research interest should ideally include a description of the science that the candidate would undertake by combining the CLAUDS u-band and Subaru grizy data.

The review of applications will begin on 1 May 2016 and all materials – as well as any questions – should be sent by that date to Dr. Marcin Sawicki, CLAUDS project lead, at sawicki@ap.smu.ca.

Job Posting alert: 104-15-1449 – Mechanical Engineer with NRC

**ONLY CANDIDATES WHO APPLY THROUGH OUR WEBSITE WILL BE CONSIDERED **

Your challenge

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 Mechanical Engineer to support our NRC- Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Portfolio (NRC-HAA). The Mechanical Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

A Mechanical Engineer is required to assist in the design and development of world-class astronomical instrumentation for the international Gemini 8 metre telescopes, Canada France Hawaii Telescope, and future large telescope projects, including the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, Square Kilometre Array and Thirty Meter Telescope.

The successful candidate will provide innovative solutions to the specific requirements of various instrumentation projects, working in a team that designs integrated optical/mechanical/electronic assemblies.

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:

Education

A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or applied science is required.

Candidates possessing a Master’s degree may be given preference.

Experience

Significant and recent experience in mechanical design, development and production of high precision (micron-level) mechanical/optical equipment.

Significant experience using 3D parametric CAD modeling software, preferably Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks, especially in the design and modelling of complex instrumentation.

Significant experience in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of mechanical structures and mechanisms, preferably using recent versions of ANSYS.

Experience in integrating and testing of mechanical systems or entire instruments would be an asset.

CLOSING DATE: APRIL 4, 2016

**ONLY CANDIDATES WHO APPLY THROUGH OUR WEBSITE WILL BE CONSIDERED **

Senior Lab instructor position in Astronomy, University of Victoria

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, invites applications for the position of Senior Lab instructor in Astronomy.

Job Summary
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and its members conduct internationally recognized research in several fields of physics and astronomy. The Department runs a range of courses in astronomy designed for students intending to major in the field, as well as courses for students in a variety of other programs. The Department also manages an on-campus observatory, housing a new 0.8m telescope, which is utilized to provide experiential learning and research opportunities in laboratory components of astronomy courses.

This position has as its primary function, to develop, coordinate and participate in the teaching of the undergraduate lab program in astronomy. This entails management, maintenance, and development of the observatory and related equipment. The position has overall responsibility for the astronomy lab program, and coordination of the labs run by other lab instructors and Teaching Assistants, and reports to the Physics and Astronomy Laboratory Supervisor. Expertise in astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation, is required.

Job Requirements:
The minimum qualification is a Master’s degree in Astronomy or related fields. Superior oral communication skills are also required, along with the ability to work non-standard hours, as certain astronomy labs are run in the evening.

Additional Information: 992723-PHYS-2016-Senior Lab Instructor Astronomy-SG10
Apply at: https://uvic.mua.hrdepartment.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/1360

CLOSING DATE: 4pm PST on March 8, 2016.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Grace Wong Sneddon, Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives and Advisor to the Provost on Equity and Diversity at gwongsne@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Real-Time Embedded Engineer (104-15-1108)

** ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ON WEBSITE TO BE CONSIDERED **

Your challenge

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 Real-Time Embedded Engineer to support our NRC-Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics portfolio (NRC-HAA). The Real-Time Embedded Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The Astronomy Technology Program (ATP) at the NRC Herzberg is engaged in the development of leading-edge instrumentation for some of the world’s largest observatories.  Currently, the ATP is leading and participating in several development projects in radio astronomy and requires a Real Time Embedded Engineer to lead the engineering and development of embedded software for various PowerMX (www.powermx.org) hardware developments, as well as participate in other embedded developments such as FPGA firmware etc.

A significant effort is currently underway for the next generation centimetre wave radio telescope facility, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project.  The SKA is an international effort comprised of more than 10 signatory countries, including Canada, to develop and build a radio telescope array with about 100 times the sensitivity of the largest existing radio telescopes operating in the centimetre wave range. Canada is participating in several key areas, including leading an international consortium to execute the pre-construction work package for the Central Signal Processor (CSP).  Pre-construction efforts will develop requirements and designs for the CSP, leading to a construction proposal to build the SKA. The work of the Real-Time Embedded Engineer will be strongly focused on the SKA CSP, and he/she is expected to become a key member of the Canadian CSP team.

The Real-Time Embedded Engineer may also be involved in other radio astronomy developments that the ATP may participate in.

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:

Education

PhD or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Engineering.

Experience

Significant experience in the design and development of real-time embedded software for COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) or custom-designed hardware using open, custom, or bare metal RTOS (Real-Time Operating System) platforms, including working closely with hardware developers to ensure development of a fully integrated real-time embedded system.

Experience programming in C, C++, MatLab, Python, VHDL, and Verilog.

Experience in the design and development of real-time embedded boot sequences and automatic fault recovery for robust and reliable operation.

Significant experience in the design and development of real-time embedded systems.

Experience in professional documentation of designs, including in-line documentation of code.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA OBSERVATORIES DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is seeking a Deputy Director to serve on its senior management team.

UCO’s mission is to provide UC astronomers with continuing access to forefront optical and infrared observatories, to design and build advanced instrumentation for the Lick, Keck, and TMT Telescopes, and to provide an organization that can coordinate astronomy groups throughout the UC system in support of their ground-based observatories. UCO is a multi-campus astronomical research unit, with headquarters on the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, CA, and the technical laboratories at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA. UCO is a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the focal point for UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

The Deputy Director will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary, talented, and diverse staff to help transition UCO into the era of Extremely Large Telescopes and to help define the future of ground-based optical and infrared astronomy. The Deputy Director will report to the Director of UCO. It is estimated that the administrative and managerial duties of Deputy Director will consume approximately 75% of the incumbent’s total effort, with the rest available for research or other professional activities. The incumbent is eligible to apply for time on UCO – affiliated telescopes, to advise graduate students in collaboration with a UC faculty member, and will have the authority to prepare and apply for external grants as Principal Investigator.

We seek a candidate who is self – motivated and able to perform with minimal direction. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal, communication (both oral and written ) , presentation, and negotiation skills in order to lead and motivate a team with varied technical specialties, and foster effective cooperation. UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms, and to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & produc tive environment.

JOB DUTIES ( partial ):

• Works closely with the UCO Director in the planning and implementation of major scientific projects, services, facilities, and activities.

• Collaborates with senior technical management team to plan technical requirements, capabilities, and advancement opportunities; makes substantive contributions in diverse technical research areas.

• Interfaces closely with UC’s astronomical user community. Works with UC’s astronomy community to identify, develop, obtain funding for, and commission new research instrumentation projects and astronomical capabilities.

• Contribute s to published articles, presentations, or scientific papers; identif ies research an d development funding opportunities.

• Supervises staff and resources to meet program objectives.

• Works with the UCO management team to ensure state – of – the art technical capabilities and facilities for UCO.

• Provides leadership, guidance, and organization for Time Allocation Committees in the allocation of UC observing time at the Keck and Lick Observatories.

• Works with the Director and Assistant Director in the overall management of UCO operations.

• Works with Assistant Director on financial planning and high – level management of operating funds, contracts, and grants.

• Provides broad management direction and oversight to the Lick Observatory Superintendent.

• Oversees UCO’s communications needs. Supervises the UCO Communications Specialist ‘s work in the preparation of the Annual Report and other documents, oversight of UCO’s social media presence, and written marketing materials for Lick Observatory.

• Assists the Director with oral presentations to groups such as the UC Obs ervatories Advisory Committee, the Keck Science Steering Committee, the Lick Observatory Council, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

RANK: Academic Coordinator ( 75 %) / Research Astronomer ( 25 %)

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph . D . or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy, Ast rophysics, or a related field; minimum of 5 years of management experience in an observatory , national laboratory , or industrial research laboratory environment ; experience work ing with, and /or lead ing , a senior management team; experience managing teams c onsisting of astronomers, enginee rs, and administrative staff .

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS : Record of significant research in astronomy and astrophysics; demonstrated leadership working in a complex and evolving environment; c lear understanding of the global astronomical research environment. IMPORTANT: The application materials and letters of reference are expected to specifically address the requirements and qualifications enumerated in this document .

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

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include: an application letter with a statement of interest and qualifications , including a summary of scientific management and administrative experience, research experience, and a discussion of how the applicant fits the specific criteria noted above. Submit a current CV and publication list, a PDF document containing web links to three of your publications most relevant to this position and please request 3 letters of reference* describing your qualifications for the position with reference to the specific qualifications listed in this document. All documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00335. Refer to Position # JPF00 335 – 16T 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), please read UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016. For full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. It is desirable that letters of reference be received by this date as well. Position will remain open until filled.

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.