Plaskett Postdoctoral Fellowship (Research Associate), NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL of CANADA (NRC)

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
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Desired starting date: September 2017

The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics portfolio of the National Research Council (NRC) is pleased to announce the 2016 competition for a Plaskett Postdoctoral Fellowship (Research Associate) position tenable at Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) in Victoria, BC, Canada. The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astronomy/astrophysics who is highly motivated to exploit astronomical facilities administered by NRC and contribute to forefront research projects conducted using those facilities.
This hiring is at the postdoctoral level, but at NRC Canada, this is in effectively a term staff scientist position with all the associated benefits, including paid maternity and parental leave, vacation, accruable pension contributions and others.
We are particularly interested in a candidate who will contribute to one or more of the following research areas:
• Exoplanets and debris disks (direct detection, planetary atmospheres, dynamical evolution, collisional evolution, composition), utilizing Gemini, ALMA, HST, JWST and/or exploitation of existing large survey data from Kepler, Spitzer, Herschel, WISE and other missions. Participation in the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) Exoplanet Survey, which has both exoplanet and disk components, is a possibility. GPI is also available for PI projects through the general time allocation process.
• Outer solar system bodies (accretion processes, size-frequency distributions, surface properties, orbital dynamics, binaries, space-craft exploration), utilizing CFHT, Gemini, ALMA, HST, Subaru, and the New Horizons spacecraft with possible participation in the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS).
• Star or planet formation processes (protostellar evolution, cluster formation, circumstellar disks, super-star clusters in external galaxies), utilizing ALMA, the Jansky VLA, or other facilities, and leveraging results from Herschel, Spitzer, or JCMT legacy programs (e.g., the JCMT Gould Belt Survey).
• Photometric and spectroscopic studies of the structure and stellar content of the Milky Way, Local Group, and other nearby galaxies, including all areas of research associated with the broad field of near-field cosmology.
• Multi-wavelength investigations of galaxies and clusters, including studies of galaxy distances, dynamics, and structural properties; super-massive black holes and galactic nuclei; and star clusters and star formation at UV, optical, IR and sub-mm wavelengths.
• Cosmological evolution of galaxies including physical processes such as accretion, outflow, feedback, metal enrichment, star formation, super-massive black hole growth, mergers, and strong lensing.
Candidates should have an observational background or an interest in constraining theories with observations.
The successful candidate will:
• Conduct original research independently and in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with the projects that are most relevant to the fellow’s area of expertise.
• Contribute to the scientific exploitation of NRC Herzberg’s projects, particularly, but not limited to, those that utilize the astronomical facilities and infrastructure administered by NRC Herzberg, such as ALMA, CFHT, and the Gemini Observatory.
• Engage with the astronomical community to advance NRC Herzberg’s mandate to provide astronomical facilities and services to Canadian researchers. In particular, NRC Herzberg is a leading developer of instrumentation for current and future ground- and space-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JWST, MSE, SKA, and TMT) and provides scientific data preservation, distribution, and analysis services. NRC Herzberg also hosts CADC, which is home to the CANFAR cloud computing network, and extensive data archives (including those for DAO, CFHT, CGPS, Gemini, HST, JCMT).
• Share with other postdoctoral research associates the organization of the NRC Herzberg weekly seminar series which runs from September to April.
The initial appointment is of two years duration, which may be extended for one further year (subject to performance and availability of funds). In addition to highly competitive benefits and salary, the Plaskett Fellow will receive support for observing and conference travel, page charges, and access to professionally managed computation infrastructure and resources.
Applicants must have acquired their Ph.D. within the last five years or expect to obtain their degree before taking up the position. Applications should be made by 15 November 2016 via the process described at the URL provided.
NRC is an equal opportunity employer.
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