2017 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns iREx

The institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), recently created at Université de Montréal, brings together professors, researchers and students specialized in the detection and characterization of exoplanets and low-mass objects, young stars and protoplanetary disks. They are engaged in a variety of observational, theoretical and instrumental projects. More details on the scientific programs of iREx are available on the following web site : http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/?lang=en

The institute is offering excellence grants at all levels (BSc, MSc, PhD and postdoctoral). At this time, iREx is calling for applications to Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns. The summer internships last 4 months (May-August). They are a unique occasion for students at the BSc level to join iREx’s dynamic team and get involved in cutting-edge research in astrophysics. Interns will be able to participate actively to breakthrough scientific programs related to exoplanets and related thematic issues.  The researchers who are available to supervise interns this summer are the following professors: Pierre Bastien (PB), Bjoern Benneke (BB), Nick Cowan (NC), Andrew Cumming (AC), René Doyon (RD), and David Lafrenière (DL), and the researchers Jason Rowe (JR), Loïc Albert (LA),  Lison Malo (LM), Julien Rameau (JuR) and Lauren Weiss (LW). Internships in the following topics are offered:

- Development of algorithms related to the search of young stars (RD);
- Simulations of the future James Webb Space Telescope data related to the study of exoplanets using transit spectroscopy and direct imaging (RD, DL);
- Development of precision photometry techniques to observe the transit of exoplanets (DL);
- Photometric follow-up of the stellar activity of transiting exoplanets hosts (DL);
- Study of exoplanetary atmospheres using very high-resolution transit spectroscopy (DL);
- Exploration of exoplanetary atmospheres with space telescopes (NC);
- Theoretical studies of the role of magnetic fields in hot jupiters atmospheric flows (AC);
- Theoretical studies of the early stages of gas giant formation, including composition gradients (AC);
- Detection and characterization of giant exoplanets atmospheres using direct imaging from space and from the ground (JuR, RD, DL);
- Analyse of CFHT images of the Taurus molecular cloud survey to find young, low-mass objects >5 Mjup. (LA, RD);
- Search for signals of exoplanetary atmospheres in archival high-resolution stellar spectra (LW, JR);
- Determination of the magnetic fields of low-mass star candidates for the search of exoplanets (LM, RD);
- Models of the polarization of exoplanet transits (PB);
- Characterization of an intriguing hot Jupiter atmosphere using high-resolution spectroscopy from the 10-meter Keck telescopes (BB);
- Detection and confirmation of new exoplanets for future JWST characterization using the Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes (BB).

The interns could also participate to one or more observing missions at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic during the summer. The 3,000$ Trottier Excellence Grant for Summer interns can be combined with NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for a total amount of 7,500$. For non-bursary students, professors will complete iREx’s Trottier Excellence Grant to provide a total amount of 6,000$ for the internship. All students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in physics or astrophysics in a Canadian university are eligible to apply. The internship will take place at Université de Montréal or McGill University. Five Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer interns will be attributed in 2017.

Interested candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, an academic transcript and a short statement of interest (a few paragraphs at most) in which they explain their motivation to obtain the internship, and their preferred thematic. The applications must be submitted by email at irex@astro.umontreal.ca before December 15th, 2016. The successful candidates will be contacted at the end of January.

Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy

CASCA is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award, the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy.

The Richer Medal is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Professor Harvey B. Richer.

The Richer Medal will be presented in odd numbered years to an individual in recognition of significant and sustained early career research in astronomy.

The nominee will be a member of CASCA, and a Canadian astronomer or an astronomer working in Canada. The candidate will normally have received their Ph.D. within the previous ten years; allowances will be made for extended leaves of up to two years (e.g. maternity or paternity leaves, medical leaves, etc.)

Nominations for the 2017 Richer Medal are solicited at this time and can be tended until 15 January 2017. Details can be found on the Richer Medal page on the CASCA website: http://casca.ca/?page_id=7914

In May 2017, CASCA will present the inaugural Richer Medal at the society’s annual meeting in Edmonton.

Radio Antenna and Instrumentation Engineer, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Radio Antenna and Instrumentation Engineer, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

5071 West Saanich Road

Victoria, BC V9E 2E7


Fax : (613) 990-1286

Telephone: (613) 949-7685

E-mail enquiries: HRQuestionsRH_CG1@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

Related URLs: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/EnglishAll/32691F54B52075D08525803C00517332

Further information on NRC Herzberg can be found at http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/rd/nsi/index.html

Information on NRC Herzberg staff and their research interests is available at http://bit.ly/2aoT8tf

The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics portfolio of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking for a vibrant and dynamic Radio Antenna and Instrumentation Engineer to support our NRC Herzberg’s Millimetre Instrumentation Group. The Millimetre Instrumentation Group is part of the Astronomy Technology Program within NRC Herzberg. This group is located in Victoria, BC. The main goals of this group are the design, building, testing, and commissioning of state-of-the-art detectors, components, and science instruments for the Canadian astronomical community in the areas of centimetre and (sub)millimetre wavelength astronomy. The group participates in the development of international astronomy facilities such as the Atacama Large Millimetre Array, the Square Kilometre Array, the MeerKAT observatory, and the next generation Very Large Array.

This hiring is a Term position with all the associated benefits, including paid maternity and parental leave, vacation, accruable pension contributions and others.

Applicants must have acquired a Bachelor degree in Engineering, Applied Physics, or Engineering Physics. Applications should be made by 25 November 2016 via the process described at the URL provided.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.

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