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 – 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 – -, 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 – – 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:

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’ 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:

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:


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.

McGill Space Institute Coordinator

Deadline is January 30, 2015.

McGill University has recently created the McGill Space Institute ( and requires a dynamic, outgoing individual to coordinate internal centre interactions and events, workshops, do administration including assistance with grant applications, reports and logistics, as well as organizing outreach events and initiatives for the McGill community and the general public.  The successful candidate with have a PhD in a field related to astrophysics, planetary science or astrobiology, and will be granted 25% of their time to work on research of direct relevance to cosmology, astrophysics, planetary science, or astrobiology.  Excellent communication skills are required; ability to communicate effectively in French is a strong asset.   Experience in outreach at all levels is also a strong asset. The position is for 2 years, with renewal by mutual agreement and contingent on funding.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please email a CV, a 1-page written statement of interest, and names and contact information of 3 references, bundled into a single pdf file, to:

The deadline for applications is January 30, 2015.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Post-doctoral position in astrophysics at the Université de Montréal

Please submit before April 1, 2015.

The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ) is opening a post-doctoral position at the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada). The CRAQ is a collaborative research centre whose members include astrophysicists from the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval, McGill University, and Bishop’s University. The candidates are expected to carry out original research in a field of astrophysics overlapping with the research interests of the permanent faculty at the Université de Montréal, which include stellar astrophysics, exoplanets, solar physics, blackholes, extragalactic astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation (see for further information). A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy is required.

Potential candidates with the required expertise are encouraged to apply, and should send before April 1st, 2015 their CV, research proposal, cover letter and contact details of two referees (including email addresses) to Dr. Pierre Bergeron ( The successful candidate could start as early as September 1st, 2015 and no later than January 1st, 2016. The position is for two years, with a possible extension of one year.

2015 U of T Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Deadline for applications is 30 January 2015.

2015 U of T Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Astronomy & Astrophysics

The third annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in Astronomy, Physics and Engineering to prepare for a career in scientific research.

Over the 16-week program, students will:

• Experience what a career in research is like by independently conducting a project related to on-going astronomical research at U of T
• Collaborate with U of T astronomers
• Enhance their computing skills
• Improve their research writing and communication skills
• Learn about research being conducted at U of T
• Have an opportunity to participate in U of T public outreach activities

Students will be funded by the program and will work with astronomers from the Dunlap Institute, the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DAA), or the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), depending on the student’s research interest, choice of institute, or choice of research project.

It is a unique opportunity to work within a group comprising three units with complementary expertise in observational research, astronomical instrumentation (Dunlap), and theoretical astrophysics (CITA).

The program runs from 4 May to 21 August, 2015.

The deadline for applications is 30 January, and the official offer date is 6 February.

For full details and to apply, visit:

Faculty Position in Exoplanetary Science at McGill University

Review of applications will begin 15 January 2015

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences ( and the Department of Physics ( at McGill University invite applications for a joint tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning as early as September 2015 in the area of Exoplanetary Sciences. We encourage qualified individuals with relevant research interests in experimental, instrumentation, observational or theoretical aspects of exoplanetary sciences to apply.

This is the first of two faculty positions being created in support of the new McGill Space Institute, bringing together researchers in astrophysical, geological, atmospheric and astrobiological areas from multiple departments on campus. Existing complementary research strengths at McGill include early Universe cosmology, galaxy evolution and compact objects in the Department of Physics, as well as geology, astrobiology and atmospheric sciences in Earth and Planetary Science and other departments.

We seek candidates with a proven record of excellence in research and the capacity for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will be supported by a generous start-up package. Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, and a research plan. They should also arrange for three letters of reference. All of these materials should be uploaded to

Review of applications will begin 15 January 2015, and continue until the position is filled. McGill University is committed to equity in employment.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Plaskett Research Associate, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Due date: December 12, 2014

Plaskett Research Associate, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)
National Science Infrastructure Portfolio (NSI)
NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO)
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
Fax: 709-772-4541
Telephone: 709-772-5012
E-mail enquiries:

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Desired starting date: 1 September 2015

The National Research Council (NRC) is pleased to announce the 2014 competition for two Plaskett Postdoctoral Research Associate (RA) positions tenable at DAO in Victoria, BC, Canada. The successful candidates will be outstanding recent doctoral graduates in astrophysics who are highly motivated to exploit facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers and contribute to projects led by NRC Herzberg staff members.  We are particularly seeking candidates who will contribute to one or more of the following research areas:

•Exoplanets and debris disks (direct detection, planetary atmospheres, dynamical evolution, collisional evolution, composition), utilizing GEMINI, ALMA, HST and/or exploitation of existing large survey data from Kepler, Spitzer, Herschel, WISE and other missions. Participation in the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) Exoplanet Survey, which has both exoplanet and disk components, is a possibility.  Candidates with expertise in the following areas will be given the highest consideration: expertise in direct detection of exoplanets and their characterization; dynamical modelling of disk/exoplanet systems; modelling of dust evolution in debris disks; synthesis of existing survey data). [NRC staff members: JJ Kavelaars, Christian Marois, Brenda Matthews, Jean-Pierre Véran]

•Outer solar system bodies (accretion processes, size-frequency distributions, surface properties, orbital dynamics, binaries, space-craft exploration), utilizing CFHT, GEMINI, ALMA, HST, Subaru, and the New Horizons spacecraft with possible participation in the Outer Solar System Origins Survey.  Candidates with expertise in the following areas will be given the highest consideration:  survey observations; modeling of orbital distributions; modeling of orbital evolution of resonant and scattering objects; observational studies of surface properties; modeling of surface processes. [NRC staff members: JJ Kavelaars]

•Star or planet formation processes (protostellar evolution, cluster formation, circumstellar disks, super-star clusters in external galaxies), utilizing ALMA, the Jansky VLA, or other facilities, and leveraging results from Herschel, Spitzer, or JCMT legacy programs (e.g., the JCMT Gould Belt Survey). Candidates with expertise in the following areas will be given the highest consideration: observations or modeling of planet formation processes within proto-planetary disks; regulation of star formation processes and the role of environment; episodic accretion and the luminosity problem in young stellar objects; origins of structure and energy balance in molecular clouds; star formation in extreme environments. [NRC staff members: James Di Francesco, Doug Johnstone, Lewis Knee, Brenda Matthews, Gerald Schieven]

•Photometric and spectroscopic studies of the structure and stellar content of the Milky Way, Local Group, and other nearby galaxies, including all areas of research associated with the broad field of ‘near-field cosmology.’ Examples of programs currently led by NRC Herzberg staff include the Legacy for the u-band all-sky Universe (Luau), a new large CFHT program beginning in 2015 to obtain over ~3500 square degrees of deep u-band imaging of the Milky Way halo; the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey (PAndAS) and associated datasets; and optical and near IR observations of Galactic globular clusters (including high spatial resolution Gemini/GeMS MCAO studies) [NRC staff members: Pat Côté, Stéphanie Côté, Tim Davidge, Alan McConnachie, Peter Stetson]

•Multi-wavelength investigations of galaxies and clusters, including studies of galaxy distances, dynamics, and structural properties; super-massive black holes and galactic nuclei; and star clusters and star formation at UV, optical, IR and sub-mm wavelengths. NRC-led projects include wide-field, high-resolution optical and IR imaging of nearby field and cluster (including Coma, Virgo and Fornax) galaxies with CFHT, VISTA, and the Blanco 4-m telescope, as well as numerous related spectroscopic programmes on 4-10 m-class facilities. [NRC staff members: John Blakeslee, Pat Côté, Stéphanie Côté, Tim Davidge, Laura Ferrarese, John Hutchings, David Schade, Luc Simard]

•Cosmological evolution of galaxies including physical processes such as accretion, outflow, feedback, metal enrichment, star formation, super-massive black hole growth, mergers, and strong lensing. Candidates should have an observational background or an interest in constraining theories with observations.  Research in this area at NRC is mostly based on multi-wavelength (radio, mm, IR, optical, UV, X-ray) observations of star formation and AGN activity at high redshift. [NRC staff members: Laura Ferrarese, John Hutchings, Chris Willott]

The successful candidates are expected to work independently and perform original research in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with projects most relevant to his or her area of expertise.  Additionally, candidates are expected to keep an active engagement with the community to advance NRC Herzberg’s mandate.  In particular, NRC Herzberg is involved in several ground- and space-based telescopes of the present (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT) and future (e.g., JWST, CASTOR, Astrosat, WFIRST, Astro-H, SKA, MSE, TMT), as well as in scientific data preservation, distribution, and analysis techniques.  The Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory, the CANFAR cloud computing network, and data archives including, e.g., CFHT, Canadian Galactic Plane Survey, Gemini, HST, and JCMT, are also located at NRC Herzberg.  Candidates with interests in developing studies of next-generation instrumentation and facilities will be given hig
hest consideration.

The successful candidates will share with other Plaskett RAs the organization of the weekly seminar series that runs September-April, and have access via Canada’s TAC process to the astronomical facilities operated by NRC, as well as other facilities with open competition.  The positions will constitute initial appointments of two years, which may be extended for one further year (subject to performance and availability of funds). In addition to highly competitive benefits and salary, Plaskett RAs will receive support for observing and conference travel, page charges, and access to professionally managed computers.

Applicants must have acquired their Ph.D. within the last five years or expect to obtain their degree before taking up the position.  Applications should be made by 12 December 2014 via the process described at the URL provided.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Position in Observational Astrophysics

Due date: November 30, 2014

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the
High-Energy and Extragalactic Research Group at the *Université de
Montréal*, to work with Professor Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo.

The successful candidate will work on topics broadly related to black hole
feedback in massive galaxies, groups and clusters, as well as the physics
of compact objects. He or she will have access to new data taken with the
JVLA, the GMRT, Chandra and XMM-Newton.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or a related field. Experience
with radio observations is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will receive mentoring and networking
opportunities that include advising undergraduates, traveling to
conferences and to visit collaborators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center
for Astrophysics, the University of New Mexico and the University of

The Université de Montréal is also part of the Centre for Research in
Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ), a partnership between the Université de
Montréal, the Université Laval and McGill University. The successful
candidate will have access to these resources.

Applicants should e-mail a single PDF to “” by
November 30, 2014 containing:
1. A cover letter explaining his or her interest and qualifications for
the position (1 page).
2. A brief statement of past research and future aims (2 pages or less).
3. A CV, including a publications list.

Please also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be e-mailed to” by November 30, 2014.

The starting date is summer 2015 or fall 2015. The appointment is for a
maximum of two to three years contingent on performance and funding.