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
www.ap.smu.ca.

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

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