Kamloops Statement (June 10, 2021)

The unmarked burial sites at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School represent a colonial atrocity. The 215 children whose remains were found were taken from their families in a systematic effort to eradicate their cultural identities. Thousands of others were forced into dozens of similar institutions and the school in Kamloops is unlikely to be the only site where bodies will be found. It is heinous in the extreme that defenceless and innocent children suffered emotional and physical violence, and the trauma of these events continues to be felt today.

Canada’s astronomical community joins with Canadians from all walks of life to stand in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nations, as well as with other communities and families who have lost their children at the hands of the Canadian government and religious institutions. Their pain and grief cannot be imagined by us, and we recognize that the recent confirmation of the Kamloops unmarked graves may be particularly distressing for Indigenous members of our Society.

As academics and educators, we must confront the fact that residential school atrocities were committed in the name of education and acknowledge the role that academia has played in perpetuating colonial structures.

CASCA’s recently published Long Range Plan lays out specific actions that we as astronomers will take to address racism and inequity in our community, particularly the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples. As we take these first steps toward fulfilling the LRP vision for a more inclusive community, the news from Kamloops is a stark reminder of the ongoing trauma that underpins the inequities we are striving to address.

The CASCA Board

Brandon University Department of Physics & Astronomy: Sessional Teaching Positions

Brandon University is a leader in providing high quality education in arts, sciences, education, music, and health studies. Based in southwestern Manitoba, Brandon University also offers pre-professional and Master’s programs, as well as innovative and award-winning outreach programs in a personalized learning environment.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for two sessional positions in the September 2021 to April 2022 academic year. The first position will teach 12 credit hours including four courses at first and upper year levels. The second position will teach 10.5 credit hours including one course at first year level and an assortment of first year lab sessions.  Course assignments will depend on the abilities of the successful applicants.

The normal mode of course delivery is in-person; however, given the uncertainties inherent in the current pandemic, applicants should also be prepared to teach in an online synchronous format.
Qualifications: A PhD is preferred; however, candidates with a Masters degree and successful record of teaching experience may be considered.

Application Deadline: June 14, 2021, or until the position is filled.
Start date: August 28, 2021 for first term and January 1, 2022 for second term
Salary:  $6252 for each 3 credit hour course

Applicants should send a cover letter, a summary of teaching experience, and clear indication of citizenship or Canadian immigration status, curriculum vitae, transcripts, teaching evaluations (if applicable) and the names and contact information of three referees. Candidates should send their application by email attachment in a single PDF document of reasonable size to:
Dr. Todd Fugleberg
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Brandon University
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
E-mail fuglebergt@brandonu.ca

All applicants are invited to consult the Brandon University course calendar for more information. Further details about Brandon University and the Department of Physics & Astronomy can be found at

Brandon University is committed to equity, welcomes diversity, and hires on the basis of merit. All qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversification of the University, especially women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders are encouraged to apply. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Evidence of citizenship must be provided.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment. This starts with the hiring process. If you require an accommodation during any phase of the evaluation process, please indicate it in your cover letter. All information received related to an accommodation is kept confidential. To ensure this employment opportunity is accessible to all interested individuals, this posting is available in an alternate format upon request.

UNBC: Senior Laboratory Instructor, Advanced Research Computing Office of Research

The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a Probationary position as a Senior Laboratory Instructor, with proposed starting date of July 1, 2021. (The rank of Senior Laboratory Instructor will be commensurate with the education and experience of the successful candidate.) As an institution committed to the fostering of an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values high quality and growth in both teaching and scholarship.

The Advanced Research Computing Senior Lab Instructor (SLI) will report to the Office of Research and will also be appointed in a relevant Academic Unit and may teach (as time allows) courses or portions of courses to graduate students and senior undergraduates on topics relevant to research computing. The SLI supports researchers (including faculty and students) in their use of advanced and high performance computing (HPC) at UNBC.

This support includes working with researchers to assist with specific computing needs that arise including installing and using software, parallelizing, debugging and trouble shooting codes, and helping researchers interact with Compute Canada resources. The SLI will manage user accounts, requests for HPC systems, system administration, IT security related to HPC, UNIX maintenance and installation, maintenance of HPC Lab equipment, monitoring systems, responding to alerts and scheduler tuning for clusters. The SLI will work closely with ITS on new HPC project implementations to ensure systems will work properly in a complex infrastructure as well as integrating research systems with core IT services. The successful candidate will maintain HPC lab documentation and web pages, create and deliver workshops to users, and promote and encourage use of the HPC lab resources at UNBC. The SLI will develop project plans with tasks and timelines for future advanced research computing infrastructure projects. The SLI will work with the Advanced Research Computing Management Board on policies and planning related to HPC and assessing future UNBC needs for advanced research computing.

Previous experience with UNIX (essential) and Windows operating systems in a networked hybrid environment, with exposure to the tools used in advanced research computing / high performance computing is required. Experience with software installation and scripting languages in a UNIX environment is essential, and server and software configuration experience is an asset. Excellent interpersonal and teaching skills and the ability to establish effective working relationships with a diverse group, including faculty, students, and other researchers as well as senior technical staff, is essential. Applicants for this position should hold a relevant graduate degree that ideally includes experience in advanced research computing and scientific programming, together with a minimum of three years of relevant experience with HPC or equivalent systems, preferably in an academic environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. The successful applicant will present evidence of a record and commitment towards teaching excellence, and will be appointed with Probationary status with the expectation they will apply for a Continuing Appointment once the probationary term is completed. About the University and its Community

Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort St. John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Our region is comprised of friendly communities, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of BC’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our students and professors get to know one another. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC.

For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings, the only university of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top 4 per cent of higher education institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

For more information about living and working with the University of Northern British Columbia please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and http://www.unbc.ca/provost/new_faculty.html . Make your mark with this leading post secondary institution.

To Apply
Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program, the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information), and the following form which can be found here: https://www2.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human resources/form-statementofeligiblitytoworkincanada-fillablepdf.pdf quoting posting #FAHSC01-21 to: Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9

Email submissions: FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca

Inquiries: Professor Peter L. Jackson, Interim Dean, Faculty of Environment Peter.Jackson@unbc.ca 250-960-5985

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Applications received on or before Monday, June 14, 2021, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Executive Director, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Director of the  Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Located on Maunakea, Hawai’i,  the 3.6m CFHT has historically been a world leader in wide-field  optical and near infrared imaging and, with the recently commissioned  instruments SPIRou and SITELLE, now also plays important roles in the  search for exoplanets around low-mass stars and the study of emission  line objects in the nearby and distant universe. We are seeking an  innovative and creative leader who, while maximizing the scientific  output of the current instrumentation suite, will usher CFHT into a  new era of scientific discoveries by taking a proactive role in the  advancement of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), endorsed by  the CFHT Partners and Board of Directors as the most scientifically  impactful future redevelopment of the site. The new CFHT Executive  Director will also represent CFHT within the Maunakea Observatories in  all negotiations regarding the renewal of the Maunakea Master Lease  and CFHT sublease.

CFHT has a staff of approximately 50 and operates with a US$8M annual  budget. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of the CFHT  Corporation, a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of  Hawaii. Current members of the Corporation are the National Research  Council of Canada, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of  France, and the University of Hawaii. The Executive Director is  responsible to the Board for managing all aspects of the Corporation,  including the operation of the telescope, the implementation of the  observatory’s scientific and technical program, the appointment of  personnel, the preparation of budgets, the administration of financial  affairs, communications, and the negotiations of international  agreements. The Executive Director is also responsible for pursuing  extramural funding and potential associate partners, as directed by  the Board.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a closely related field,  or equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful  applicant will be committed to promote, within the Observatory, a  diverse, inclusive environment and a sense of belonging, and to foster  a culture of understanding and reconciliation with the native Hawaiian  community.  In addition, the following qualifications are considered  desirable:
●    Strong scientific leadership and an established record of research  achievement;
●    Successful experience in administration and management, including  overseeing the technical and/or scientific enterprise of an  observatory or other astronomy institute;
●    Proven skills in institutional and international relations;
●    Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills, and a  proven record of effective communications with governing bodies,  staff, funding agencies, local community, and the astronomical  community at large;
●    Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams;
●    Successful experience in acting as an ambassador on behalf of their  organization and/or of the community at large;
●    Experience with the development, procurement or deployment of new  instrumentation.

The Executive Director is expected to reside on Hawai’i Island, and to  take office in the CFHT Headquarters located in Waimea (Kamuela). A  competitive salary will be offered and the Corporation provides a  comprehensive benefit package. The starting date for the position is  negotiable, and could be as early as September 2021. The Executive  Director term is five years and can be extended upon review.

Post Offer / Employment conditions: To comply with the requirement to  work occasionally at the observatory’s altitude of 4200 meters, the  applicant must pass a post-offer high altitude medical exam.  Documentation to verify eligibility for employment in the United  States will have to be furnished at the start of work.

How to apply: All applicants must submit their application through our  confidential online portal at https://cfht.applicantpro.com/jobs/ .   The full position description may also be downloaded at that site.   Applications should include a Cover Letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a  statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the names of at  least three references who may be contacted for confidential  evaluations. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021, and  the position will remain open until filled. All applications will be  confidential to the CFHT Board of Directors and Search Committee.   Potential applicants with questions about the position or the search  are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Search Committee at  employment@cfht.hawaii.edu.

CFHT is committed to diversity and inclusion, and is proud to be an  Equal Opportunity Employer.

Call for international expressions of interest to engage with the Anglo-Australian Telescope

The Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) Consortium is currently seeking  expressions of interest from international groups to engage with the  AAT facility through pay-for-access arrangements from July 2022.

The AAT is a 3.9m equatorially-mounted Cassegrain reflector, located  at Siding Spring Observatory in NSW, Australia. It can be accessed via  remote observing from nodes around the world. The telescope is  operated by the Australian National University on behalf of the  funding Consortium, which at present comprises 13 Australian  universities.

The AAT currently offers four facility-class spectrographic  instruments: AAOmega (with 2dF or Koala), Hermes and Veloce. The new  Hector spectrograph is expected to come online in 2021. Requests for  the use of visitor instruments on the AAT will also be considered.  Please visit the following website for more on these instruments:  https://aat.anu.edu.au/science

As part of this call, we welcome proposals and are open to  conversations regarding conditions of access, including joining the  Consortium as a full partner, medium-to-long-term paid-time contracts,  data-sharing or access, or other innovative arrangements. These may  also include potential public outreach components.

If you are interested in seeking access on the AAT, please contact Dr  Lucyna Chudczer, AAL’s Program Manager for the AAT  (lucyna.chudczer@astronomyaustralia.org.au), by May 31 2021. Please  include an expression of interest (up to 2 pages) detailing how you  wish to use the telescope; this may involve instruments of interest,  length/time of proposed use, research details or the outreach  component, and level and source of potential funding support.

For more information regarding the AAT, including available  instruments and capabilities, please visit:  https://aat.anu.edu.au/science

Peter G. Martin Award for mid-career achievement: Dr. Sara Ellison

CASCA is pleased to announce Dr. Sara Ellison as the recipient of the 2021 Martin Award. Dr. Ellison obtained her PhD from Cambridge University, and is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria. Dr. Ellison is an international leader in both the study of high redshift QSO absorption lines and galaxy mergers in the nearby universe. She displays an outstanding breadth in her research. As an observer Dr. Ellison has led observing programs across the electromagnetic spectrum, from X-rays to optical to radio wavelengths. As a theorist, she has complemented her observational work with simulations on a variety of length scales and cutting edge techniques such as machine learning. Her research is of the highest impact, garnering more than 11,500 total citations, with many of her works on galaxy metallicity and galaxy interactions/mergers considered definitive treatments in the field. Dr. Ellison received the Annie Jump Cannon Award from the American Astronomical Society in 2004, the University of Victoria Faculty of Science Award in Research Excellence in 2009, the Royal Society of Canada’s Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics in 2014, and the REACH Silver Medal for Research Excellence in 2020.

2021 Qilak Award for Astronomy Communications, Public Education and Outreach: Dr. Jayanne English

CASCA is pleased to announce Dr. Jayanne English as the recipient of the 2021 Qilak Award. Dr. English obtained her PhD from Australian National University, and is currently an Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Manitoba. Over many decades, Dr. English has leveraged her prior training as an artist (at the Ontario College of Art and Design University) to build a unique outreach program that bridges art and science. She has promoted the use of artistic techniques and design to influence how astronomical images are constructed by both professional astronomers and amateur enthusiasts. During her two-year tenure as the coordinator for the Hubble Heritage Project, she led the production of some of the most iconic Hubble Space Telescope images, many of which have had billions of views. Combining optical data with radio observations, Dr. English was recently awarded a 2nd Place National Radio Astronomy Observatory 2020 Visualization Award for her stunning composite HST-VLA image of the galaxy NGC 5775. In collaboration with composer Nicole Lizee, she produced “Colliding Galaxies: Colours and Tones”, a unique integration of astronomy and electronic music. By designing and teaching courses such as “The Art of Scientific Visualization”, Dr. English has also trained a next generation of astronomical visualization experts, guaranteeing that her work will have a multiplicative effect on the broader community.

CASCA is delighted to recognize Dr. Jayanne English’s efforts with this award.

2021 J.S. Plaskett Medal: Dr. Ziggy Pleunis

CASCA is pleased to announce Dr. Ziggy Pleunis as the recipient of the 2021 J. S. Plaskett Medal for the most outstanding doctoral thesis in astronomy or astrophysics. Dr. Pleunis completed his PhD thesis in 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Victoria Kaspi at McGill University, and will soon be moving to the University of Toronto as a Dunlap Fellow. His thesis, titled “Fast radio burst detection and morphology with the CHIME telescope” represents a set of groundbreaking contributions to the fast-emerging field of Fast Radio Burst (FRB) astronomy. Dr. Pleunis has contributed to all aspects of the CHIME telescope’s FRB project, from instrumentation to software to observation to analysis to science interpretation. Beyond CHIME, he has also made multiple breakthroughs using the LOw Frequency Array (LOFAR), whether in the discovery of a low-frequency FRB or the study of millisecond pulsars.

CASCA is delighted to recognize Dr. Pleunis’s achievements with this award. Additionally, we would like to recognize the exceptional theses of all the finalists: Dr. Ryan Cloutier, Dr. Maan Hani, Dr. Eric Koch, Dr. Ian Roberts, and Dr. Kaja Rotermund.

R.M. Petrie Prize Lecture: Dr. Heino Falcke

CASCA is pleased to announce Dr. Heino Falcke as the 2021 R.M Petrie Prize Lecturer. Dr. Falcke is a Professor of Astroparticle Physics and Radio Astronomy at the Institute for Mathematics, Astronomy, and Particle Physics of the Faculty of Science at Radboud University. For decades, he has been an international leader in the quest to use very-long baseline interferometry to image the shadow of a black hole. These efforts culminated in the stunning images of the supermassive black hole in M87 produced by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Dr. Falcke is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2019 won the Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics as part of the EHT collaboration.

CASCA is honoured to have Dr. Falcke give the Petrie Prize lecture.

Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy: Dr. Renée Hložek

CASCA is pleased to announce Dr. Renée Hložek as the recipient of the 2021 Richer Medal. Dr. Hložek obtained her DPhil from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She is a recognized expert in both observational and theoretical cosmology in all her investigations: in studies of the cosmic microwave background, probes of large-scale structure, or transient cosmology. She holds multiple leadership positions in international collaborations, including the Simons Observatory, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the Canadian Euclid Consortium, and the Vera Rubin Observatory. Coupling her own research accomplishments with the training of a large number of students since arriving at Toronto, she has raised the profile and impact of the Canadian cosmological community. Dr. Hložek received the University of Toronto Dean’s Faculty Merit Award in 2017 and 2018, and has been elected a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

CASCA is delighted to recognize Dr. Renée Hložek’s efforts with this award.