Tenure-Track Position in Observational Astrophysics at York University

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University in Toronto, Canada, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in the field of observational astrophysics, to commence July 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Candidates with a proven research record of planning, obtaining and analyzing observations to investigate profound questions about our Universe (enabled by facilities to which Canada is contributing, including the TMT, the JWST, and the SKA, and many wide-field survey facilities at all electromagnetic wavelengths) are invited to apply. The successful candidate will be positioned to participate in the scientific design and use of next-generation instrumentation and the planning of proposed future astronomical facilities, as well as to play a significant role in large national and international research projects and collaborations.

The successful candidate will develop a strong, externally funded research program, show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and play an active role in York’s highly successful astronomy outreach initiatives. Applicants must have a PhD in Physics or Astronomy along with relevant postdoctoral experience and be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Observational astronomers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy focus on active galactic nuclei, supernovae, exoplanets, and the evolution of galaxies and their constituents. Theoreticians focus on dark matter, early Universe cosmology, general relativity, and the analysis of measurements of the cosmic microwave background and large scale structure. The development of synergies between theory and observation is highly valued in the Department. Further information about the Department and the University can be found at http://www.physics.yorku.ca.

All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. To guarantee full consideration, applications should be received before Dec. 1, 2015. Applicants should submit a CV, a three-page summary of key research contributions and outline of research plans, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and should arrange for three signed letters of recommendation to be sent on their behalf. All materials should be submitted electronically throughhttps://academicjobsonline.org/.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Marlene Caplan (marlene@yorku.ca).

Science Computing Specialist

Science Computing Specialist
NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Victoria – British Columbia
RCO, English
This is a 3 years term position.
Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC’s policies.
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 Science Computing Specialist to support NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (HAA) in Victoria, BC. The Science Computing Specialist would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.
The Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) is an inter-disciplinary team of approximately twenty scientists, software engineers, and operations staff. The CADC has developed a set of sophisticated tools and services to support and enhance the research efforts of Canadian (and international) astronomers. The CADC continues to expand its role by partnering with the Canadian Advanced Network For Astronomical Research (CANFAR) and Compute Canada (CC) to integrate its services with cloud-computing and storage technologies.
Working under the direction of the Group Leader, Optical Astronomy (CADC), you will provide scientific and computing support for researchers using the CANFAR platform, analysing their workflow and providing suggestions for how to best utilize CANFAR and CADC services, analysing problems with CANFAR/CC services and working with the various teams to define and, where necessary, implement solutions.
You will also support the migration of CADC and CANFAR services to CC infrastructure, acting as a technical liaison between CADC/CANFAR operations staff and software developers and CC support staff: this will require you to develop a detailed understanding of CADC/CANFAR services and advocate for CC technical solutions that fit their needs.
This work involves expert-level understanding of astronomical research processes, data, and software, knowledge of the OpenStack platform and related processing and cloud-computing technologies, and the ability to gather and write clear planning and requirements documents. Given the close work with large scientific collaborations, there will be opportunity to contribute scientifically within these teams.

Screening Criteria
Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates.
Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics.

Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team that provides support to astronomical researchers, particularly in research computing.
Experience providing user and system support in a technical or research computing environment.
Experience with a variety of virtualization and Infrastructure-as-a-Service technologies (IaaS).
Significant experience configuring and administering systems running the Linux operating system
Experience developing software using Python, shell scripting, C/C++ and/or Java, and databases.
Experience with a wide range of packages and languages used in astronomy.
A record of publication of original research in peer-reviewed publications is required to demonstrate experience.
Experience in database application programming would be considered an asset.
Experience with systems orchestration and configuration management would be considered an asset.
Experience in science and software requirements development or in developing software in a team environment with external stakeholders would be considered an asset.

Candidates possessing a combination of a graduate degree in a related field and relevant experience in astronomy/astrophysics may be considered.

Language Requirements
Assessment Criteria
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
Technical Competencies
Advanced knowledge of current observational techniques and associated data reduction techniques.
Expert knowledge of the astronomy/astrophysics research processes.
Solid knowledge of OpenStack components and client tools.
Knowledge of virtualization and IaaS technologies besides OpenStack.
Solid knowledge of software development in Python and shell scripting languages, C/C++ and/or Java, and databases.
Advanced knowledge of astronomical software tools and packages.
Solid knowledge of HTCondor.
Solid working knowledge of statistical analysis.
Demonstrated ability to arrive at innovative solutions to astronomical processing problems.
Demonstrated ability to efficiently produce clear, well-structured, and well-written technical documentation.
Ability to relate astronomical data analysis methodologies to non-astronomers.
Knowledge of the basic goals and protocols of the Virtual Observatory would be considered an asset.

Behavioural Competencies
Creative Thinking (level 3)
Teamwork (level 2)
Communication (level 2)
Results Orientation (level 2)
For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):

View all competency profiles.

Salary Range
This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group 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. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.
Condition of Employment
Reliability Status
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC’s directives.
An eligibility list may be established for similar positions.
Some travelling may be required.
This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
Job description available upon request.
We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
Closing Date
Posted until filled.
Application Process:
Please read the following instructions carefully to ensure efficient processing of your application:
Résumés must be submitted by e-mail using the “Send Resume” button. Please do not modify the subject line of the email and ensure that you answer all of the pre-populated application questions found in the email. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.
The NRC is an employer who values diversity in its workforce.
Accommodation is available to all candidates retained for further assessment.
Telephone: 613-991-2024
Email: NRC.ExtHiring-EmbaucheExt.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Project Manager for Fast Radio Burst and Pulsar Instrument on the CHIME Radio Telescope

Academic Associate, Department of Physics, McGill University

CHIME is a novel radio telescope consisting of 4 20×100 m2 cylindrical reflectors that have no moving parts, with an array of radio receivers along the focus, all fed into a massive correlator. CHIME will observe in the 400-800 MHz band over half the sky each day as the Earth turns. CHIME was designed for cosmological measurements. CHIME will also be an excellent detector of radio pulsars and of the newly recognized phenomenon of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs). CHIME is currently under construction in Penticton, British Columbia and first light is expected in 2016.

CHIME/FRB/pulsar project is seeking an experienced Project Manager, ideally a radio astronomer with project execution and/or management experience, to be based at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The Project Manager will help develop the CHIME FRB/pulsar search backend, which will detect FRBs in the CHIME field-of-view in real time at a rate of at least several per day. The FRB search backend will consist of a custom, dedicated computer cluster that takes in data provided by the CHIME cosmology correlator. This position is a contract position for two years commencing Fall 2015, with an automatic review performed after one year. The salary will be commensurate with experience, $70,000 – $80,000 per annum.

The successful candidate must possess strong management and technical skills, and have experience in fast-track development. This individual will oversee the project using planning, monitoring and controlling management tools. The Project Manager, working closely with the Principal Investigator and the rest of the CHIME/FRB team, will be responsible for coordination and completion of the project and to this end will perform a variety of tasks including setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities, and monitoring and summarizing progress of the project. The Project Manager will report to the Principal Investigator.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Creates and executes project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
Identifies resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities
Manages day-to-day operational aspects of project
Assists in procurement processes at McGill, UBC and U. Toronto
Organizes external reviews
Prepares and presents project reviews / projections to the PI and CHIME/FRB Steering Committee
Manages project budget
Maintains membership and email lists
Conducts regular status and project meetings with the team
Resolves conflicts or escalate issues tactfully and in a timely fashion
Remains on the forefront of emerging industry practices
Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change
Assists in mentoring of students and postdocs
Assists in writing of scholarly journal articles
Professional Qualifications & Required Skills

MSc or PhD in relevant field
Knowledge of radio astronomy techniques and instrumentation
Knowledge of radio astronomical science, particular fast transients and/or compact objects a plus
Knowledge of distributed computing
Knowledge of digital signal processing
Ability to understand the technology being used without necessarily being an expert
Facility with project management tools
Understand cost-to-completion projections
Ability to facilitate team and stakeholders meetings effectively
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
Delivery of engaging, informative, well organized presentations

Special Requirements:

Travel will be required to effectively utilize the CHIME observing site at Penticton, BC, and to interface with CHIME team members at other institutions, and with suppliers.
Application procedure: Please send CV and expository cover letter describing relevant experience and why this position is of interest. Also provide names and contact information for 3 potential references. All application materials should be combined into a single pdf and emailed to Prof. Victoria Kaspi, vkaspi@physics.mcgill.ca, with subject line “Application for CHIME/FRB/pulsar Project Manager”. Skype interviews will be conducted for applicants with promising credentials. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Tier 1 CRC at Saint Mary’s University

Tier I Canada Research Chair – Astronomy

The Saint Mary’s University Department of Astronomy and Physics invites applications from researchers in any area of astronomy and astrophysics to be the University’s nominee for our Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Astronomy. 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 Associate or Full Professor level. The CRC Program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian Universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence in the global, knowledge-based economy. Tier I CRCs are awarded to individuals who are outstanding researchers in their fields, acknowledged as world leaders (see www.chairs.gc.ca for details). The University has identified astronomy, computational sciences, and subatomic physics as one of its five major research themes. More details may be found at http://www.smu.ca/webfiles/SRP-Senateappro
ved.pdf. Saint Mary’s University recognizes the long and continuing record of excellence from the Department in this area of research and accordingly has allocated astronomy researchers two CRCs (this position and a Tier II Chair, already occupied).

The Department 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 M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in astronomy, as well as undergraduate physics and astrophysics programs. The University also hosts the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA). The ICA is an institute promoting computational astrophysics in the broadest possible terms; tackling complex astrophysical phenomena through numerical simulation, and advancing discoveries utilizing “big data” from large multinational observational facilities. The Tier I CRC candidate may be considered for directorship of the ICA. Observers in the Department are active participants in Astro-H, JWST, and users of many international observatories. ICA members are active in the local HPC consortium, ACEnet, as well as Compute Can
ada, while the subatomic physicists are frequent users of TRIUMF, Jefferson Lab, and other world facilities. For a more complete account of departmental activities, see 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 five universities. It is conveniently located close to recreational areas and to other major urban centres in Canada and the Northeastern United States. A public university with over 7,000 students, Saint Mary’s University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university is committed to serving the local, regional, national, and international communities, and integrating such activity as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. The University has gone through significant renewal in the past decade, with over 250 full-time faculty involved in innovative teaching, research and service. Interdisciplinary studies are a prominent feature and strength of the University. For information about the University a
nd the Faculty of Science, please see our website at 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. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

The search committee will begin considering applications on August 17th, 2015. Interviews of short-listed candidates will commence in September. Please submit your C.V. along with a statement of research interests, a research proposal (maximum of five pages) for the purpose of the CRC nomination, a teaching dossier, and the names and addresses of four referees to:

Chair, Search Committee – Tier I CRC
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Fax: (902) 496-8218
Web: www.ap.smu.ca
Email: CRCsearch@ap.smu.ca

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Bishop’s University

Applications will be reviewed starting September 15, 2015.

Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec (www.ubishops.ca) has an opening for a Tier2 Canada Research Chair position. The STAR Research cluster (www.ubishops.ca/star) welcomes applications in one or more of the following areas: cosmology, astroparticle physics, interacting binaries, compact objects, exoplanets, classical and quantum gravity, and their interface with mathematical physics.

The CRC program was created by the Government of Canada to cultivate world-class research and development.  Applicants for these positions should possess a PhD (or equivalent), have a superior research profile in one of the proposed areas, demonstrate the ability to obtain external funding, and demonstrate potential to emerge as an internationally recognized scholar. Teaching duties consist of two (3 credit hours each) semester-length courses per academic year. A strong teaching record is also beneficial. Bilingualism/multilingualism is an asset.

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact Bishop’s Research Office for eligibility details and the CRC for website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria (http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#s3).

The CRC will be awarded for a five year period, renewable once upon approval from the CRC program in Ottawa.

Bishop’s University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Canadians and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their applications. Bishop’s University is an equal opportunity employer.

Application packages, which should include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of research achievements and future objectives, evidence of teaching effectiveness and the names and contact information of at least three referees, must be sent by email to Sylvie Cote, Director of Research Services at scote@ubishops.ca.

Applications will be reviewed starting September 15, 2015 and will continue to be accepted until a nominee is chosen. Ideally, the nominee will submit a full application package to the CRC program in April 2016. Start date to be negotiated.

For further information, please contact Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic, responsible for research or consult the CRC website at www.chairs.gc.ca.

Staff Scientist – Planetarium & Space Place

Deadline for applications is March 26, 2015.

Staff Scientist for the Planetarium and Space Place
Share your passion for science through exhibits, shows, and programs!

As the Staff Scientist in the Planetarium and Space Place at Science North, you will have a unique opportunity to engage and inspire people of all ages with the science and beauty of our universe. In the Planetarium you will develop and present live shows and programs using the Digistar-5 full dome digital theatre system. In Space Place you will use your science communication skills to develop new science exhibits and programs. Your enthusiasm and leadership will inspire and develop your team of staff and volunteers. Your passion for science will engage school children, teens, and adults with interactive science experiences.

This is a unique career opportunity to share your knowledge and to ignite a passion for science in others. No day is ever the same in this diverse and fast-paced environment.

The successful candidate will:
• have a degree in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a related applied science;
• have strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills and an ability to multi-task;
• be fluent in both spoken and written English and spoken French;
• be comfortable engaging the public in person, through social media, and through traditional media; and
• work full-time hours with evening and weekend work on a rotational basis.

Job duties:
• Initiate, develop, and implement new exhibits, programs, and shows
• Lead a team of staff and volunteers who interpret science and engage visitors in programs and activities
• Manage exhibit and program budgets
• Identify emerging trends in astronomy and physics, changes in curriculum, innovative ideas and new discoveries for inclusion in programming
• Lead Science North star parties and other special events.

This is a long-term position supported by an excellent compensation package:
• Starting at $42,600
• Annual performance and merit increase consideration
• Participation in the Science North Employee Incentive Plan
• Comprehensive group benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life/travel insurance, short and long term disability coverage
• Pension plan following one year or opportunity for continued participation in Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan
• Professional development opportunities
• Free or discounted admission to partner attractions outside Sudbury, Science North facilities and program discounts, fitness membership contribution
• Minimum 3 weeks vacation with incremental entitlements of one week after 8 and 15 yrs of service

Interested applicants are asked to apply on line at sciencenorth.ca/employment quoting Job Number 1-015. Deadline for applications is March 26, 2015. Science North is committed to an inclusive workplace and invites applications from all qualified individuals to join our diverse team. We thank all interested candidates; only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Science North is a registered charity.
Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Research associate position (JWST instrument scientist) in experimental astrophysics

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2015.

This position is a joint appointment between the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM) and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx – http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/). OMM is actively involved in the development of astronomical instrumentation for ground- and space-based facilities. iREx, recently created at Université de Montréal (UdeM), brings together professors, researchers and students specialized in the detection and characterization of exoplanets and related science themes.

We invite applications for a research associate position to contribute to the development of the Fine Guidance Sensor/Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph – http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/?p=1513&lang=en -, the Canadian-built instrument onboard the James Webb Space telescope (JWST), funded by the Canadian Space Agency.

The successful candidate, located within the physics department at UdeM, is expected to play a leading role, 80% of its time, for the development of the NIRISS instrument, more specifically for data pipeline development, data analysis and simulations tools. We are also seeking a candidate with a strong experience in exoplanet research. The successful candidate will have 20% of its time to conduct research programs related to exoplanets.

Candidates should have a PhD in physics or astronomy with strong background in the development of complex data pipeline for ground- and/or space-based instruments along with experience in exoplanet research. The term of employment is initially for two years. It is renewable annually, subject to performance and the availability of funding.

The successful candidate could start as early as May 1st 2015. Salary will be commensurate with experience and be competitive with leading international research centers. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2015.

Please send a CV, list of publications, and statement of significant research contributions electronically (in pdf format) to: Prof. René Doyon – irex@astro.umontreal.ca – and ask three references to email letters of recommendation directly to the same address.

Dunlap Institute Summer School

Deadline: 10 April 2015.

Dunlap Institute
University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
26 – 31 July 2015

The fourth annual Dunlap Institute Summer School is a unique opportunity for students interested in astronomical instrumentation and the discoveries instrumentation makes possible.

The school includes both lecture and laboratory activities and is intended for students who have finished at least the 3rd year of an undergraduate program or are in the early years of a graduate program, and have a background in astronomy, physics, or engineering.

Students will:

• Learn basic principles of optical, infrared and radio instrumentation
• Learn how detectors and spectrographs work
• Take part in a hands-on Fourier Transform Spectrometer lab
• Work with students from around the world
• Learn what a career in instrumentation would be like
• Learn from international leaders in the field of astronomical instrumentation
• Attend professional development sessions, including one on encouraging diversity in astronomy

Registration Fee (without waiver): $500.00

Travel subsidies and registration fee waivers available.
Applications and travel subsidy deadline: 10 April 2015

For details and to apply: dunlap.utoronto.ca/summer-school

Instructors will include Dunlap postdocs and faculty, and leading instrumentation and observational astronomers from Canada and the U.S. Visit our website for a list of confirmed instructors as it is updated.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW – University of Manitoba

Review of materials begins February 1, 2015.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professors Stefi Baum and Chris O’Dea on multi-wavelength observational studies of Active Galactic Nuclei and/or Clusters of Galaxies.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, or a related subject by the appointment start. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable for a second and third year upon mutual agreement and availability of funding. The starting date is negotiable between the summer and early fall.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests. Three letters of reference should also be submitted. All information should be emailed to Christopher.O’Dea@umanitoba.ca. Review of materials will begin February 1, 2015.

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 diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from qualified women and men, visible minority group members, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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

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


Postdoctoral Position in Galaxy Clusters and Galaxy Evolution

Due by January 9, 2015.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the areas of high-redshift galaxy clusters and galaxy evolution at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA), University of Toronto. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Howard Yee and key team members (e.g., M. Balogh, U.Waterloo; A. Muzzin, Cambridge) on the analysis of high-redshift galaxy cluster observations from the GOREEN (Gemini Observations of Galaxies in Early Rich Environments) project.  GOGREEN is an ongoing Gemini Large Program which will obtain optical spectroscopy on hundreds of cluster members at z>1. The candidate is also expected to lead deep multi-band imaging observations to support this program. Additional scientific projects using data from the SpARCS and GCLASS surveys are also available, and the candidate will be encouraged to pursue his/her own research in related areas.  The position requires a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics. Expertise in optical/IR imaging and/or spectroscopic
data is required. The initial appointment is for two years, renewable for a third depending on performance.

The DAA has strong ties to the recently-found Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and CITA.  The successful candidate will have access to Canadian national facilities such as CFHT and Gemini on a competitive basis.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, a CV, and a summary of research interests and accomplishments (3 pages maximum), and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the above address, by January 9, 2015. Only electronic applications (in pdf files) are accepted.