Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools (October 30, 2013)

The Canadian Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Award, the Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools.

The Dunlap Award is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto.

The award will be presented in even-numbered years to an individual or team for the design, invention, or improvement of instrumentation or software that has enabled significant advances in astronomy. The nominee, or leader of a nominated team, shall be a member of CASCA and a Canadian astronomer or an astronomer working in Canada.

Nominations for the 2014 Dunlap Award are sollicited at this time and can be tended until 15 January 2015. Details can be found on the Dunlap Award page on the CASCA website: http://casca.ca/?page_id=2724.

In June 2014, CASCA will present the inaugural Dunlap Award at the society’s annual meeting in Quebec City.

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Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Deadline January 6, 2014)

Name: Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Email address: admin@dunlap.utoronto.ca
Affiliation: University of Toronto

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

Email Submission Address: fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca
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: interimdirector@dunlap.utoronto.ca

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: January 6, 2014

Related URLs
University of Toronto: www.utoronto.ca
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics: www.dunlap.utoronto.ca
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics: www.astro.utoronto.ca
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics: www.cita.utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto invites applications for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This growing unit has a focus on initiating and embracing innovative instrumentation and observational campaigns across the electromagnetic spectrum. 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 plans. Dunlap Fellows are 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 and in outreach and education can be seen in the annual reports on the institute’s web site. Exceptional candidates in instrumental, observational, or experimentally related theoretical areas are encouraged to apply.

The appointment is initially for two years, with an expectation of renewal for a third on satisfactory performance. The fellowship includes a competitive annual stipend and benefits with funds for research, travel expenses, relocation, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute. The expected starting date is September 1, 2014. 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 January 6, 2014. Further information about the University of Toronto can be obtained through the above URLs.

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Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Astronomy at Saint Mary’s University (Deadline October 31, 2013)

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.cafor 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-Senateapproved.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 in
the development of Astro-H & JWST, and actively utilize numerous
international observatories. ICA members are active in the local HPC
consortium, ACEnet, as well as Compute Canada, while the subatomic
physicists are frequent users of TRIUMF, Jefferson Lab, and other world
facilities. For a more complete account of departmental activities, see

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 and the Faculty of Science, please see our website
at http://science.smu.ca/.

Although candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply,
priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (all
applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident). Saint Mary’s University is committed to the
principles of employment equity.

The search committee will begin considering applications on October
31st, 2013. Interviews of short-listed candidates will commence in
November. 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

Postdoctoral Fellow in Numerical Simulations (Deadline January 1, 2014)

SARChI Postdoctoral Fellow in Numerical Simulations
University of Cape Town

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town is hosting a postdoctoral position in the area of Numerical Simulations, associated with the South African Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy (chair holder: Prof Claude Carignan). South Africa is constructing MeerKAT, a 64-dish radio interferometer serving as an SKA precursor (http://www.ska.ac.za) that should be completed in 2016. The construction of SKA-mid, phase 1, that will add 190 more dishes, should start around 2018. The candidate is expected to pursue three paths of research.

First, the candidate is expected to produce high-resolution simulations of barred galaxies, in support of a PhD project that started in September 2013 (PhD student at UCT: Toky Randriamampandry). The aim is to produce simulations of barred galaxies to fully model the effect of the bar on the HI-derived rotation curves. We will also test decomposition methods based on harmonic expansions of the velocity field (Maciejewski et al., 2012, MNRAS, 427, 3427 / Krajnovic et al., 2006, MNRAS, 366, 787), as well as the specially written software package DISKFIT (Spekkens & Sellwood 2007), in order to find the best way to recover the mass distribution of barred systems.

A second part of the work will be to prepare the SKA arrival, by building mock HI observations from simulations using a radiative transfer code, to emphasize the SKA ability to draw a global cosmological evolution scenario through dynamical analysis and make observational predictions of physical processes only perceptible with the SKA resolution and sensitivity. This part will require the development of software able to simulate the SKA telescope, in conjunction with a radiative transfer code. Finally, the candidate is expected to spend the last third of his time on his own research projects.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate interested in joining the steadily growing UCT astronomy department, which has 12 postdoctoral fellows. We expect that the tools to be used to perform the numerical simulations will be the Adaptive Mesh Refinement code RAMSES, as well as the Smooth Particles Hydrodynamics code GADGET3. These two codes are heavily parallel, so require access to the South African Centre for High Performance Computing (http://www.chpc.ac.za).

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. A PhD in astronomy and experience with astronomical numerical simulations is required. 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 January 1st, 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 to: ccarignan@ast.uct.ac.za Cape Town itself is a stunningly scenic and fully modern city with nearby beaches, mountains, exo!
tic wildlife, wine country, and is the safest city in South Africa.

“This position is based upon research supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.”