Assistant Professors in Astronomical Instrumentation or Data-Intensive Astronomy University of Toronto – 1401986

Closing date: December 5, 2014

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) at the University of Toronto invite applications for two tenure-stream appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2015.

Each successful applicant will hold a joint appointment between the DAA (51%) and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (49%).  We seek candidates in astronomical instrumentation or data-intensive astronomy, and also encourage applicants with experience and interest in experimental astrophysics, large database science, and innovative observing techniques. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful applicants will have excellent research records, will have plans to develop the outreach and education activities of the Dunlap Institute, will augment the present research strength of DAA and Dunlap, and will have demonstrated records of excellence in teaching.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

University of Toronto astronomers enjoy access to national and international facilities, including ALMA, CFHT, and the Gemini Observatory. They are active in a large number of international and national projects in experimental astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation. Canada is also a consortium partner in both the Thirty-Meter Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array.  The Dunlap Institute has a strong focus on developing astronomical instrumentation and data-intensive astronomy, has a large prize postdoctoral program (the Dunlap Fellowships) and a pursues a significant public outreach mission. DAA and the Dunlap Institute have strong ties to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and to the newly formed Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS), both of which are also hosted by the University of Toronto.  The University of Toronto ( offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

Candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.  Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests of no longer than 5 pages, and a dossier of teaching and outreach activities (including a statement of teaching/education/outreach philosophies).  If you have questions about this position, please  All application materials should be submitted online.

All application materials should be submitted on-line. Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send confidential letters of assessment directly to the department via e-mail to by the closing date, December 5, 2014.

For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit or

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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

To Apply Online please click:

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: 15 December 2014

Email Submission Address:
Attention To: Prof. Peter G. Martin, Interim Director
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

Email Address for Inquiries:

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Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics:

The University of Toronto invites applications for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This growing unit pursues ground-breaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to hardware, software, and observations. Dunlap Fellows are expected to drive original research independently or in collaboration with others at the University. They have access to design and fabrication facilities and can propose for additional support of their experimental or computational plans. Dunlap Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach and education initiatives. Training and mentoring in this area are available. The range of activities and opportunities in research, outreach, and education can be seen in the annual reports on the institute’s website. Exceptional candidates in instrumentation, software, observations, computation, or experimentally-related theoretical topics are encouraged to apply.

Appointments are initially for two years, with expectation of renewal for a third year subject to satisfactory performance. Dunlap Fellowships include a competitive annual stipend and benefits, with funds for research, travel expenses and relocation, plus the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute. The Dunlap Institute supports a flexible, equitable and diverse workplace: applications from women, minorities and potential two-body hires are especially encouraged.

The approximate expected starting date is 1 September 2015. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and statement of research interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the above address by 15 December 2014. Further information about the University of Toronto can be obtained through the above URLs.

Postdoctoral Position in Radio Polarimetry

Deadline to Apply for Job: November 15, 2014Email Submission Address:
Attention To: Alice Chow, Business Officer
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in radio polarimetry within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, located in downtown Toronto. The Dunlap Institute pursues ground breaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to hardware, software and observations. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).

The successful candidate will work with Dunlap Director Prof Bryan Gaensler on radio polarization and cosmic magnetism. The main areas of focus will be the analysis and interpretation of polarization data from the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the GALFACTS survey at Arecibo. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in related areas. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Gaensler ( for additional information before applying.

Candidates must possess a PhD or equivalent qualification in astronomy/astrophysics, should have demonstrated experience in radio interferometry and its associated analysis software, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Prior expertise in radio polarimetry is desirable but not essential. The initial appointment will be for two years, renewable for a third depending on performance. The nominal starting date for the position is September 2015.

Applicants should provide a cover letter addressing the above selection criteria; a CV and list of publications; a summary of research interests and accomplishments (3 pages maximum); and should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the above email address, all to be received no later than November 15, 2014. Only electronic applications (PDF attachments preferred) will be accepted. The Dunlap Institute is committed to a flexible, equitable and diverse workplace: applications are especially encouraged from women, minorities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Assistant Professor – Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto – 1401454

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applicants for a one year full-time contractually limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2014 and ending August 31, 2015.

Primary responsibilities will be undergraduate teaching, mentorship and supervision, and carrying out independent research; some teaching at the graduate level is a possibility. The successful candidate will have a PhD by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, a commitment to quality undergraduate education and experience, and a productive independent research program.  Evidence of excellence in teaching and research is required. Potential applicants are invited to visit our web site at

The University of Toronto ( offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.  Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All application materials must be submitted on-line by clicking on the link below.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching ability, and a research plan.   Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters via e-mail directly to the department to   Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining documents into one or two files in PDF format. To receive full consideration, applications and all materials (including letters of reference) must be received by July 29, 2014.

Please direct any additional enquiries about this position to Professor Howard Yee at
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit

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Career Opportunities with the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (Deadline July 1, 2014)

The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT) operates a major optical telescope on Maunakea on the island of Hawai’i. We are launching a project that will transform the observatory into an advanced, modern and unique facility capable of shedding light upon the biggest questions confronting 21st century astrophysics. The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) project involves upgrading the current 3.6 meter general-use facility with a new telescope of 10 meter aperture, new enclosure, and incorporating dedicated leading-edge technology and highly-multiplexed spectrometers. The MSE project team will lead the development and coordination of international partnerships and plans, to ultimately bring this ten year duration, > $200M project to a successful conclusion.

We are searching for the following talented team members to join us as we take these conceptual plans to a scientific reality:

Project Manager

The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management and technical direction of the MSE development and for the construction being carried out by CFHT. Responsibilities include preparing the construction proposal, maintaining the integrity of the project schedule and the deliverables, and promoting the MSE project to international communities. Professional qualifications: An advanced degree in physical science or engineering, or equivalent knowledge and experience; an established track record of success in managing large technical projects; and experience with development, procurement and deployment of new scientific instrumentation or facilities. Experience in the management of international scientific projects is highly desirable.

Project Scientist

The Project Scientist will be responsible for leading the scientific development of the MSE in collaboration with team members. Responsibilities include the development of a detailed science case, science requirements and operational concept for the MSE; development of the commissioning plan and leading the commissioning work. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, with an excellent record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals and international recognition within their field. Previous experience with scientific instrumentation or facility development and in astronomical research observations that are closely aligned with the science case for the MSE is highly desirable.

These positions are based at the observatory headquarters in Waimea, Hawaii. We offer competitive, comprehensive benefits package including off-island relocation assistance and private school (K-12) tuition support for dependent children. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

For more information and to apply please visit us at:

Please apply by 30 June 2014 as the first review of applications will start on 1 July 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

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Course Development Work — Content Expert/Curriculum Developer, Thompson River University (Deadline: March 25, 2014)

Announcement of Course Development Work
Content Expert/Curriculum Developer

Course number and name: ASTR 1141: Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System

Deadline for application: Applications will be reviewed beginning March 25, 2014. The position will be open until filled.

Project Type: New web-based course

Brief description of the project:
Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) is looking for a qualified content expert/curriculum developer to develop ASTR 1141: Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System. This introductory course provides a history of astronomy and the solar system, and is intended for non-science majors. Topics include: Telescopes and observing the night sky, ancient astronomy, space exploration, the Earth/Moon system, formation and evolution of the solar system, the planets, minor members of the solar system and the Sun.

Course Development Process:
The content expert/curriculum developer will work under the guidance of an instructional designer, and in collaboration with the course development team, to complete the following course development process:
1. Planning phase, including development of a detailed blueprint or course framework that includes reviewing learning outcomes and mapping out course activities, assessments and updated resources
2. Development of content, learning activities and authentic assessments, which are relevant and appropriate for a web-based course.
TRU-OL uses a collaborative approach to course development that involves interactive planning meetings and review sessions as needed.
The content expert/curriculum developer is expected to make effective use of any prescribed resources identified (ideally electronic resources, including TRU’s e-Library collection and article databases), and other materials and media as appropriate. TRU respects intellectual property laws and expects curriculum developers to accurately cite sources and identify material that may require copyright clearance.
Anticipated completion date of the project: October 31, 2014

Selection criteria:
The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
– Relevant educational and professional credentials in physical sciences and/or physics (Master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred).
– Appropriate and current knowledge, experience, and content expertise, preferably including distance education and post-secondary education experience.
– Recent and substantial experience in astronomy.
– Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and consistent style, with grammatical accuracy.
– Ability to meet deadlines.
– Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and consultative manner.
– Experience or training in facilitating online instruction an asset.

Submit cover letter including details of how you meet the selection criteria, CV or resume, *copies of transcripts, *instructional writing sample(s), and contact information for at least two references directly to, at TRU Open Learning.
*Note: If you are currently working, or have in the recent past worked, for TRU or TRU-Open Learning, it is not necessary to submit transcripts.
*Include one or two brief examples of your instructional writing (e.g. lesson outlines, learning activities, and elements of evaluation) with your application, or indicate the name(s) of any TRU Open Learning or BCOU courses that you have written. Response to this notification signifies that you are willing and able to comply with the aforementioned terms and conditions of the project work. Thompson Rivers University is committed to the principle of employment equity.

Sessional Instructor Position in Physics & Astronomy, Brandon University (Deadline: April 11, 2014)

Applications are invited for a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Brandon University. The preferred starting date is September 1, 2014. 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 Ph.D. holders or 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. The Department offers 3 year, 4-year, and 4-year Honours undergraduate degree programs in Physics. The successful candidate will be a high quality instructor charged with teaching several of our regular 1st, 2nd and 3rd year physics courses required by all Physics Majors and Minors throughout the Sept.-Dec. 2014 and January-April 2015 academic terms. Therefore a successful track record of teaching Physics to a wide variety of levels will be the primary consideration. The candidate may also teach 1-2 weekly sections of lab experiments associated with the Department’s introductory “Foundations of Physics” courses. The full teaching assignment for the position is for 12 credit-hours of instruction, for which the total remuneration will be $22,820.

For more information on this position and Brandon University please see or contact the Department Chair Dr. Austin Gulliver (

Applications should include vitae, and clear documentation of teaching experience (including statement of Teaching Philosophy), as well as the names and e-mail addresses of three references.

Please address applications to

Dr. Andrew Egan
Dean of Science
Brandon University
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
Fax (204-728-7346)
E-mail (

Deadline for Applications: Friday April 11, 2014
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Short-listed candidates will be expected to provide copies of credentials at the time of interview.

SKA Domain Specialist, Jodrell Bank Observatory (Deadline February 14, 2014)


Job Title: Domain Specialist (Operations)
Reference: DSO
Reports To: SKA Architect
Location: Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK
Closing Date for applications: Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 14th February 2014. For details of how to apply please see below.
Submission of applications: Email to

Organisation Background
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a global project to build a multi-purpose radio telescope that will play a major role in answering key questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology. It will be one of a small number of cornerstone observatories around the world that will provide astrophysicists and cosmologists with a transformational view of the Universe. The SKA will be constructed in two distinct phases. The major science goals for the first phase, SKA1, will be to study the history and role of neutral Hydrogen in the Universe from the dark ages to the present-day, and to employ pulsars as probes of fundamental physics.

Since 2008, the global radio astronomy community has been engaged in the development of the SKA as a major part of the ‘Preparatory’ phase of the project. The Preparatory phase ended in December 2011 and, following a number of major changes, the international SKA project has now progressed to the ‘Pre-Construction’ phase (2012-15) with the establishment of a new legal entity, the SKA Organisation, on 14 December 2011. Ten governments are now participating in the project, with others engaged in discussions concerning possible membership. The SKA Organisation is now headquartered in a purpose-built building at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, UK.

General Description
The Office of the SKA Organisation (“SKA Office”) leads the SKA system design and oversees the detailed design being undertaken within the globally distributed SKA work packages (WPs). To accomplish this goal the SKA Office is employing highly qualified scientists and engineers, project managers and system engineers. Work packages for the major SKA subsystems (elements) have been be contracted to a small number of work package consortia who are responsible for the management, execution and delivery of the work packages. The technical strategy and philosophy of the project are strongly based on system engineering principles.

The Role
Domain specialists are staff with extensive experience in a particular field of interest to the SKA. They may cross work breakdown structure boundaries and advise more than one work package manager. They support the SKA Architect in the generation of the top-level requirements and any re-baselining activities. Domain specialists provide engineering performance analysis as well as costing and other information to work package managers.

We seek a Domain Specialist in the area of Telescope Operations to ensure that operational constraints and requirements are incorporated in the design of SKA1.

Key Duties, Accountabilities and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the SKA Architect the postholder will:

• Support the SKA Architect in the generation of the top-level requirements, design and any re-baselining activities.
• Provide engineering performance analysis as required.
• Provide updates and reports as necessary.
• Work with Work Package Consortia (WPC) or equivalent, as appropriate to provide guidance, advice and technical assistance in their domain area of expertise.
• As required, engage in design reviews.
• Participate in team projects, and to provide specialist assistance to working groups, colleagues and WPCs.
• Travel, as required, to any of the SKA countries.
• As required, provide advice and guidance to SKA Office Project Managers and System Engineers.
• Undertake training in the financial, occupational health and safety, and human resource management procedures applicable to the SKA or its partners.
• In collaboration with others in the SKA Office and appropriate external parties, document the results of investigations, planning and production of requirements for all aspects of SKA operations.
• As the SKA design work progresses, participate in the design of operations-related components and sub-systems, which as examples could include:
o Assembly/documentation of operational scenarios and use cases,
o Estimation of operations costs,
o Availability and reliability analysis, maintenance planning,
o Development of logistics planning and human resource deployment,
o Assistance with science operations planning,
o Human-machine interfaces (HMI),
o Safety procedures,
o Operations requirements.
• Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the post holder’s line manager or a member of SKA Organisation Senior Management Team.
Mandatory Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge:
• Recognised university degree-level education/training in engineering or physical sciences.
• If required or relevant, maintain or obtain status as a professional or chartered engineer.
• Analytical skills. Experience with analysis/simulation, design tools and programming languages related to technical operations analysis.
• Good English oral and written communication skills.
• Experience in presenting work orally at meetings and other forums.
• Demonstrated experience at a high level with practical day-to-day technical operations of a large science facility.
• Experience with strategic planning for operations of a large science facility.
Desirable Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge:
• Experience with operations of a radio astronomy or astronomy facility.
• Familiarity with radio astronomy or a closely allied field.
• Industry experience, and/or a track record in successful collaborative links with industry.
• Familiarity with the formalism for, and requirements of, quality control environments such as ISO9000.
For more information on the SKA project visit The SKA Organisation offers a competitive salary, a generous company pension scheme, annual bonus and a flexible benefits package. The successful applicant’s workplace will be located at the SKA Office at Jodrell Bank, UK.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter to, quoting reference DSO. Applications should include a summary of project experience, addressing the mandatory and desirable requirements explicitly, a resume and the names of at least three professional references. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 14th February 2014.

2014 U of T Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Astronomy & Astrophysics (Deadline January 31, 2014)

The Astronomy group at the University of Toronto invites undergraduate students in Astronomy, Physics and Engineering to apply to our annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) – a unique opportunity for students to prepare for a career in scientific research.

Over the 16-week program, participants 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
  • 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 work with astronomers from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DAA), or the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), depending on their research project or interest.

SURP offers students an opportunity to work at a leading centre for astronomical research in Canada. The astronomy group at the U of T is a unique alliance of three units with complementary expertise in observational research, astronomical instrumentation (Dunlap), and theoretical astrophysics (CITA).

The program runs from 5 May to 22 August, 2014. The deadline for applications is 31 January, and the official offer date is 7 February.

For full details and to apply, visit:


Le groupe d’Astronomie de l’Université de Toronto invite les étudiants de premier cycle en Astronomie, Physique et Ingénierie à candidater à notre Programme d’été de Recherche pour premier cycle Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), une chance unique offerte aux étudiants pour préparer leur carrière dans le domaine de la recherche scientifique.

Pendant le programme de 16 semaines, les participants pourront :

  • Acquérir de l’expérience en recherche scientifique, en conduisant un projet relié à la recherche scientifique effectuée à l’Université de Toronto (UdeT)
  • Collaborer avec des astronomes de l’UdeT
  • Améliorer leurs compétences en matière de communication et rédaction scientifique
  • Mieux connaitre les recherches effectuées à l’UdeT
  • Participer aux activités d’information destinées au grand publique

Les étudiants travailleront en collaboration avec des astronomes de l’Institut Dunlap (Dunlap Institute), du Département d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics DAA), ou l’Institut Canadien d’Astrophysique Théorique (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics CITA), en fonction de leur projet de recherche et de leur intérêt.

Le programme SURP offre aux étudiants l’opportunité de travailler dans un centre majeur de recherche astronomique au Canada. Le groupe d’astronomie de l’UdeT est une alliance unique de trois unités ayant des expertises complémentaires en recherche observationnelle, en instrumentation astronomique (Dunlap), et en astrophysique théorique (CITA).

Le programme aura lieu du 5 Mai au 22 Août 2014. La date limite d’application au programme est le 31 Janvier, la date d’offre officielle sera envoyée le 7 Février.

Pour plus de détails, merci de visiter le site

SKA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cosmic Magnetism, University of Cape Town (Deadline February 15, 2014)

SKA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cosmic Magnetism
University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape are hosting postdoctoral positions in the area of Cosmic Magnetism, associated with the SKA Research Chair in Observational Radio Astronomy (chair holder: Prof Russ Taylor).

South Africa is constructing MeerKAT, a 64-dish radio interferometer serving as an SKA precursor ( that will be completed in 2016. The construction of mid-frequency dish array for SKA phase 1, that will add 190 more dishes, should start around 2018.

The postdoctoral fellows will engage in observational programs in radio polarimetry, simulations, and scientific investigations that pathfind the SKA key science goal of the exploration of the origins and evolution of cosmic magnetic fields. In advance of MeerKAT commissioning and operation, opportunities exist for participation in the GALFACTS project – an all-sky spectro-polarimetric survey being undertaken with the Arecibo ALPHA system, the POSSUM polarization survey with the Australia SKA Pathfinder, and deep broad-band polarization imaging surveys with the JVLA and GMRT.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate interested in joining the steadily growing UCT and UWC astronomy departments. Applicants should have a Ph.D in astronomy, experience in observational radio astronomy either single dish or aperture synthesis, or a theoretical background in studies of cosmic magnetic fields.

Candidates will be asked to help out with light departmental duties (e.g. seminars), with postgraduate students’ supervision and with some outreach activities. The appointment is for two years, with possibilities of extension for an extra year, subject to sufficient progress. The salary is tax-free and at the top of the postdoc scale. Equipment and travel funding are available. Interested candidates should send a CV, bibliography, brief summary of research, outline of future plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by February 15, 2014. Applications will start to be considered from that date until the position is filled. Ideally, the position would start on July 1st 2014. Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be sent by email to

Cape Town itself is a stunningly scenic and modern city at the junction of the
Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with vibrant urban culture, nearby beaches, mountains, exotic wildlife, and wine country.