Two Postdocs in Extragalactic Astrophysics and Data Science at U. Manitoba

Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
Contact: Prof. Christopher O’Dea, University of Manitoba,

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba has two (2) open post-doctoral positions in extragalactic multi-wavelength astrophysics with emphasis on active galactic nuclei and clusters of galaxies, and requiring skills and experience in either data science and/or data visualization. The candidates will be part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Manitoba analyzing the data from the Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS) and collaborating with experts at the Universities of Toronto and Alberta, covering the domains of astrophysics, data science and scientific visualization. The positions will be 50% astrophysics research and 50% computer science.

The astrophysics research will consist of reduction and analysis of multi-wavelength (e.g., Chandra X-ray, Gemini and HST optical/infrared, ALMA and VLA radio) observations of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and Clusters of Galaxies with emphasis on the interaction of the AGN with its environment. This will be in collaboration with Profs. Stefi Baum and Chris O’Dea and will involve working with several undergraduate and graduate students. Successful candidates will be expected to publish research results in the refereed journal literature.
The computer science component of the position is a joint project between research groups in Computer Science (Profs. Pourang Irani and Neil Bruce) and Astronomy (Profs. Chris O’Dea, Stefi Baum, Samar Safi-Harb, Jayanne English, and Dr. Gilles Ferrand). The science data products that will emerge from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will not be in a final state optimized for data analysis, and the data volumes will be so large that direct delivery to users will not be feasible. The SKA project therefore envisages an international collaborative alliance of inter-operating centres. A Canadian SKA Regional Centre would need to provide services
such as archiving, processing, user support and pipeline development. We are part of a large collaboration of Canadian Universities supported by a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant to develop a pilot virtual regional centre for radio astronomy, using data from VLASS, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).
Candidates must have a PhD degree or equivalent in astrophysics with skills in computational and/or data sciences and software development; or, demonstrate the ability to acquire skills in these areas. Programming competence and fluency in written and spoken English are required. Experience in radio astronomy and/or multi-wavelength data analysis is highly desired.

Analysis tasks may include creation of a catalog of VLASS continuum data products, development of algorithms for multi-band data matching and source classification, and development of perception-based visualization schemes for large, multi-waveband data and products of data mining tools. The candidates will merge expertise from the fields of astrophysics with that of visual analytics, to combine human interaction via visual representations with machine learning, including dimensionality reduction and clustering. The candidate may also explore promising emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.
We offer:
* Full-time employment at University of Manitoba with a negotiable starting date but ideally April 1, 2018 or soon after for a period of 3 years.
* A competitive salary $40,000 to $60,000 CAD per year (with benefits) depending on qualifications and seniority.
* A budget allowing the postdoctoral fellow to hire and supervise co-op students, and travel to related scientific conferences.
* We invite applications from those who can support and enhance our diversity, including women, Indigenous peoples, other visible minorities, and those committed to a diverse environment. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act”. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.
*Applications will be accepted until Dec 31, 2017

Multiple postdoctoral fellow positions at McGill University

Name: Kelly Lepo
Email address:
Affiliation: McGill Space Institute

We invite applications for multiple Postdoctoral Fellowships in space-related fields to be held in the McGill Space Institute at McGill University (

McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics at McGill

CITA National Fellowship at McGill University

The McGill Space Institute is an interdisciplinary center that brings together researchers engaged in space-related research at McGill. Currently there are 18 active faculty members affiliated with the center, from the Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Natural Resource Sciences departments from McGill (

The successful applicant will have a strong research record in theoretical, observational, or experimental work in astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, atmospheric science or astrobiology. Postdoctoral fellows will work under the supervision of one or more faculty members at the MSI. Fellows are expected to spend at least 50 percent of their time on research that complements that of their supervisor.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a statement of research plans (not to exceed 2 pages) which demonstrates how the proposed research program complements current MSI activities, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent through AcademicJobsOnline (

Applicants should indicate that they are applying for the McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and state potential MSI faculty supervisors in their cover letter.

This position offers a competitive salary and will be for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year, dependent on supervisor approval and the availability of funds. Preference is given to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline of November 30, 2017.


Applicants in the fields of astrophysics should also consider applying for the McGill Astrophysics Fellowship (see, Deadline November 30) and/or the CITA Fellowships at McGill University (see, Deadline October 31). A single copy of the application materials may be submitted and the intended fellowships indicated in the cover letter.

The McGill Astrophysics group currently includes 14 active faculty members. The group’s research spans theory, observations, and instrumentation, in the fields of cosmology, large scale structure, gravitational lensing, galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, gamma ray astronomy, the physics of compact objects, radio transients, nuclear astrophysics, and exoplanets.

We also have strong ties to the early universe cosmology/high energy theory group ( and the McGill Space Institute (MSI, that brings together several different areas of space related research across the University.

The successful applicant will have a strong research record in theoretical, observational, or experimental astrophysics or cosmology. Postdoctoral fellows will work under the supervision of one or more faculty members at McGill.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity within its community. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

Mechanical Technologist at NRC Herzberg

• English
• This is a 2 year term position.
• Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC’s policies.
• An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period

Your Challenge:
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s premier research and technology organization.
We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Mechanical Technologist to support our HAA Research Centre. The Mechanical Technologist would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.
A Mechanical Technologist is required to assist in the design, prototyping, fabrication, assembly, test and integration of world-class astronomical instrumentation for the international Gemini 8 metre telescopes, Canada France Hawaii Telescope, and future large telescope projects, including the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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.

Diploma from a 2400 Hour Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma Program or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Significant and recent experience designing in 3D CAD parametric solid-modelling environments, preferably with the Autodesk Inventor Series software.
Significant experience in the drafting of complex precision mechanical components/mechanisms preferably for scientific instrumentation.
Experience using Autodesk Vault for management of hierarchical CAD files is an asset.
Experience in fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of precision equipment, in particular scientific instrumentation.
Experience in the preparation of technical documentation.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.

Language Requirements:
• English

Assessment Criteria:
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies:
Working knowledge of the fundamental design principles and analytical tools needed for mechanical design.
Working knowledge of 3D parametric computer aided design software (preferably recent versions of Autodesk Inventor or SolidWorks) for creating complex assemblies and parts.
Working knowledge of mechanical drafting procedures and practices.
Knowledge of machine shop equipment, fabrication procedures and techniques, and commercially available components for precision instrumentation.
Working knowledge of the fabrication and assembly of thermally controlled enclosures, ideally with composite panel construction, is an asset.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and to execute substantial project tasks while handling several roles and task assignments.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate and analyze designs and equipment to confirm that it will meet specifications.
Demonstrated ability to efficiently produce clear, well-structured and well-written technical documentation.

Behavioural Competencies:
Client Focus – Level 2
Communication – Level 2
Results Orientation – Level 2
Teamwork – Level 2

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Technology Support

Salary Range:
• From $51,114 to $70,000 per annum.

Condition of Employment:
• Reliability Status

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC’s directives.

• NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
• 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.
• We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Closing Date:
31/10/2017 23:59 Eastern Standard Time


All applications must be submitted on-line: Please do not fax or email your applications. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Accommodation is available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Telephone: (613) 949-7685