Université Laval NSERC Research Chairs

The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Optics at Université Laval invites applications for Tier 1 NSERC Canada Research Chairs. Tier 1 Chairs are awarded to outstanding researchers recognized by their peers as world leaders in their field. These seven-year, once-renewable chairs are funded at $200,000 per year and contribute to the salary of the chairholder.

The Department is seeking an energetic expert in Physics who can conduct research in astrophysics and teach in all areas of physics from the undergraduate level to the postgraduate degree (https://www.fsg.ulaval.ca/en/departments/physics-engineering-physics-and-optics).

The U. Laval Astrophysics research group focuses on connecting fundamental physics with astronomical observations and aims at understanding the fundamental laws of the Universe and unravelling the evolution and formation of galaxies. In particular, the research areas cover extragalactic astronomy, star formation, interstellar medium, active galactic nuclei, galaxy clusters, simulations and instrumentations, at all physical scales and wavelengths. The group is involved in integrate field spectroscopy, the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, SKA, and CASTOR. It is part of the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (https://craq-astro.ca).

Among the job’s requirements, are:
• PhD in physics or in a discipline relevant to the research field of this position for more than 10 years;
• Ability to conduct university-level research at the level required of a Canada Research Chair Tier1 in the identified field (with a publication and funding record, international collaborations, knowledge-sharing activities, and leadership above the referee group average);
• Aptitude or potential for mentoring graduate students and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels with commitment to pedagogical innovation;
• Ability to communicate and integrate into the institution’s French-speaking environment within a reasonable timeframe;
• Potential for commitment to service to the community.

Université Laval promotes excellence in research and research training, and guarantees equal opportunity for all candidates. We endorse the principle that excellence and equity are compatible and complementary. We welcome and encourage applications from members of visible minority groups.

Application details and documents may be found at:

Deadline for application:
– August 23, 2024 : Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to send the required documents to the Astrophysical research group (Marie-Lou Gendron-Marsolais at mlgem@ulaval.ca) for a pre-selection . Pre-selection will allow more time for preparing the CRC application (with a deadline in November 2024).

– September 30, 2024: Selected candidates by the Astrophysical group will be sent directly to the Faculty, or applicants may sent directly their documents to the Faculty (at doyen@fsg.ulaval.ca)

Inquiries: Marie-Lou Gendron-Marsolais at mlgem@ulaval.ca

Tenure-Track Positions in Artificial Intelligence Applied to Science at University of Alberta

Given the widespread use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) in astrophysics, the astronomical researchers at the University of Alberta would like to draw attention to the official job advertisement (and instructions to apply) for Tenure-Track Positions in Artificial Intelligence Applied to Science, Healthcare, or Society at University of Alberta:


If you are interested and would like to discuss alignment with astrophysical research at U. Alberta or language from the job advertisement like “fundamental advances in AI/ML or fundamental advances in how AI/ML is applied within their discipline,” please contact Gregory Sivakoff (sivakoff@ualberta.ca)

Tenure Track Position in Astroparticle Physics

The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at Queen’s University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (or tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor). The successful candidate will develop a globally recognizable research program that complements the research programs in particle astrophysics foreseen for SNOLAB and by the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute. Applicants should be creative scientists with a strong commitment to research, graduate training, and promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM.

This position is made possible by a transformative $30M investment by Bruce Mitchell (Sc’68, DSc’20). During the first 5 years of their appointment the successful candidate will receive direct research support from the Bruce Mitchell Research Program, including resources to support the recruitment of multiple postdoctoral researchers/students. Decreased teaching and administrative responsibilities will be associated with this position to enable the candidate to develop a world-class research program. The anticipated starting date is January 1st, 2025, although earlier starts would be welcome.

The McDonald Institute is an internationally recognized centre for research and learning, coalescing Canadian and international expertise in underground astroparticle physics. Focused on the big questions in astroparticle physics, cosmology and astronomy, the Institute benefits greatly from the unique SNOLAB facility in the delivery of world-leading science. The Institute is a Tier 1 Institute hosted at Queen’s in partnership with 10 universities and 6 institutions across Canada. The diverse research team assembled at Queen’s includes experts in astroparticle physics experiment and theory, detector development, radio-geochemistry, and material engineering. The current astroparticle physics research program at Queen’s is focused on dark matter, neutrinos, neutrinoless double beta decay, multi-messenger physics, and cosmology and is well aligned with interests in the astrophysics group.


Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are calibre of the proposed research program, collaborative potential and demonstrated teaching excellence.. The successful candidate will provide evidence of very high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates a track record of independent research evidenced by peer assessed publications in top journals and secured external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to make contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Vaccination Requirements

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status and provide proof that they were fully vaccinated or had an approved accommodation to engage in in-person University activities.

These requirements were suspended effective May 1, 2022, but the University may reinstate them at any point.


Queen’s University has a long history of scholarship, discovery, and innovation that shapes our collective knowledge and helps address some of the world’s most pressing concerns. Home to more than 25,000 students, Queen’s offers a comprehensive research-intensive environment. Diverse perspectives and a wealth of experience enrich our students and faculty while a core part of our mission is to engage in international learning and research.

In 2023, for the third year in a row, Queen’s University has ranked in top 10 globally Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, securing the position of third worldwide and first in North America. The rankings measured over 1,700 post-secondary institutions on their work to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

From Nobel Prize-winning research exploring the building blocks of the universe to cancer care and treatment to sustainable technologies, our university is tackling humanity’s most pressing challenges.

A member of the U15 group of Canadian research universities, Queen’s is home to a vibrant research community that includes 33 Canada Research Chairs and over 20 research institutes who work in partnership with communities, governments, and industry to advance research and innovation, making a measured impact on Canada and the world.

Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. Employees also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave. In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.

The City

The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Queen’s is an integral part of the Kingston community, with the campus nestled in the core of the city, only a 10-minute walk to downtown. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural and creative opportunities, with access to many natural areas and proximity to vibrant First Nations Communities including Tyendinaga and Akwesasne. Kingston is a unique Canadian city of 125,000 with a distinct blend of history, recreation, industry, and learning. Kingston offers unique waterfront living with many recreational opportunities. It is within a two-and-a-half hour drive (two-hour train ride) to the commercial, industrial and political hubs of Toronto, Montreal, and the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and a thirty minute drive from the international bridge linking Ontario and upstate New York. The city is also the origin of the historic Rideau Canal system – a UNESCO International Heritage site, and is close to Frontenac Provincial Park, the Thousand Islands National Park, and the Frontenac Arch UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Queen’s University Biological Station, north of the city, encompasses 34 km2 of diverse lands, affording premier learning and research opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.

How to Apply

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority, including any qualified individuals who have a valid legal work status in Canada. Please indicate in your application if you have a valid legal work status in Canada. Applications from all qualified candidates will be considered in the applicant pool.

In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Melissa Balson in The Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, at 4mjb5@queensu.ca.

Those interested in this position should submit a complete application package, including the following documents:

a cover letter, indicating whether or not you have a valid legal work status in Canada

a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);

a statement of research interests;

a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,

Three letters of reference to be sent directly to physhead@queensu.ca. .

The deadline for applications is August 31st, 2024.

Applicants are asked to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs to physhead@queensu.ca.
Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at https://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/qufa/collective-agreements-lous-moas

Dear colleagues,

Registration is open until this Friday, June 21st, for the workshop “Star formation across the scales: star clusters to galactic disks”, hosted by McMaster University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy in conjunction with the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). The workshop will take place on McMaster’s campus from August 12th to August 14th, 2024. The workshop will showcase work by Canadian junior researchers, particularly graduate students, on the topics of observations and simulations of star formation in galaxies, from the scale of star clusters to galactic disks.

You can register at this link:

We are also still accepting abstract submissions for posters:

We hope to see you in August!

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee

Hector Robinson
Claude Cournoyer-Cloutier
Padraic Odesse
Rachel Pillsworth
Marta Reina-Campos
James Wadsley
Ralph Pudritz

Postdoctoral Position in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

The Trottier Space Institute and Department of Physics at McGill University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position, under the direction of Dr. Daryl Haggard at McGill University and Dr. John Ruan at Bishop’s University. The researcher will be based at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), and will undertake research broadly on sources of gravitational waves that may be detectable by the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

The researcher will work on a variety of topics related to milli-Hz gravitational waves, including but not limited to: (1) investigating the host galaxies of massive black hole binaries, (2) observations probing the nature of quasi-periodic eruptions, and/or (3) machine-learning accelerated modelling of LISA data.

The position start date is between August and December 2024, but negotiable. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, renewable for a third year subject to performance and availability of funds.

A Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in astronomy, physics, or closely related field is required. The degree must be in hand at the time of initial appointment. Applicants with a background in telescope observations, numerical simulations, or gravitational wave analysis are all strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants within 3 years of their PhD.

Applicants should submit the following as a single PDF: (1) a cover letter which includes the names and contact information for three professional references, (2) a CV with a list of publications, and (3) a statement of research interests (max 3 pages). Complete applications should be submitted by June 14, 2024 for full consideration, though the position will remain open until filled. Reference letters will be requested only for shortlisted applicants. Please submit applications through the McGill Workday job posting at this link (upload the combined PDF in the CV upload box): https://mcgill.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/mcgill_careers/details/Postdoctoral-Researcher-in-LISA-multi-messenger-gravitational-wave-astrophysics_JR0000053349

The Trottier Space Institute at McGill (TSI) is an interdisciplinary centre that brings together researchers engaged in space-related research. Currently there are 20 active faculty members affiliated with TSI, from the departments of Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Natural Resource Sciences. Research areas include astrophysics, cosmology, astrobiology, geophysics, life in extreme environments, and the search for extraterrestrial biosignatures.

Included Benefits: This position offers a salary of $65,000 CAD per year, a relocation allowance, and a research fund (for travel, page charges, equipment, etc.). Postdoctoral researchers at McGill are unionized, and enjoy a comprehensive benefits package described here: http://mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs/fellows/healthcare.

The project team leadership is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all team members. We strongly encourage researchers from underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy to apply.

Inquiries: Daryl Haggard (daryl.haggard@mcgill.ca), John Ruan (jruan@ubishops.ca).

Second announcement for “Star formation across the scales: star clusters to galactic disks

This is the second announcement for the workshop “Star formation across the scales: star clusters to galactic disks”, hosted by McMaster University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy in conjunction with the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). The workshop will take place on McMaster’s campus from August 12th to August 14th, 2024. The workshop will showcase work by Canadian junior researchers, particularly graduate students, on the topics of observations and simulations of star formation in galaxies, from the scale of star clusters to galactic disks. We welcome talk and poster applications from anyone working in the field.

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for talks and posters at this link:


You can find the list of confirmed invited speakers at the same link.

We are accepting abstract submissions until Friday, May 17th, and talks will be announced by Friday, May 24th. Some travel subsidy is available for early career researchers; applications for travel subsidy should be submitted along with your abstract.

We hope to see you in August!

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee

Hector Robinson
Claude Cournoyer-Cloutier
Padraic Odesse
Rachel Pillsworth
Jeremy Karam
Marta Reina-Campos
James Wadsley
Ralph Pudritz

CASCATO Abstract submission deadline and early-bird registration deadline extended

We are pleased to see your abstract submissions coming in. We are extending the abstract submission date to April 4, 2024 and the early-bird deadline to April 24, 2024 to make sure we don’t miss your abstracts!

Go to https://cascato.ca/registration/ to register – don’t delay

See you in Toronto

CASCATO Abstract submission deadline

This is a reminder that the abstract submission will close on Thursday March 28th. Don’t delay, submit your abstract at https://cascato.ca/registration/ as soon as possible. The potential list of sessions is given on the abstract submission forms.

Program: The draft block schedule is now available on the website: https://cascato.ca/program/. We have an exciting program including the graduate student day on Monday June 3, we look forward to seeing you at CASCATO!

Accommodation: We note that there are some graduate options listed on the website, but also that it is possible to double up and share some of the rooms at the Sheraton (details listed on the website). We have had some requests for room bookings for the Sunday night at the Sheraton, and the hotel has agreed to make an additional block of rooms available for Sunday night – you should be able to book those now. Please contact loc@cascato.ca if you have any issues.

Online registration: There have been some requests for discounted student and retiree rates for online registration, those are now available to book on the Eventbrite page.

Student grants: We have some limited funds available for student grants, please email loc@cascato.ca to request support for the meeting. We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto,


Register now for CASCATO 2024

Registration is now open for CASCATO 2024 (https://cascato.ca/registration/), co-hosted by the University of Toronto and York University, and held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Early bird registration will only continue until April 17, 2024, so don’t delay in registering.

A block of rooms at the Sheraton is already available (see the accommodations page if you wish to begin planning your trip: https://cascato.ca/accommodation/). Please book soon as we have a room booking at the hotel – and filling those rooms is an essential part of being able to host the meeting at such a comfortable hotel venue.

Note that we have also included a spreadsheet on that page to help facilitate sharing of rooms for those who want to double up to save on accommodation costs.

There is also some information on options for graduate student accommodation at York University, we will send more information on downtown options shortly.

A reminder that abstract submission is now open (here: https://cascato.ca/registration/) and will continue until March 28, 2024. We will send out decisions on accepted abstract submissions before the close of the early bird deadline.

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto!


Abstract Submission: 2024 CASCA AGM

This is the second announcement for the 2024 annual general meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society, co-hosted by the University of Toronto and York University. Abstract submission is now open at  https://cascato.ca/registration/

Key dates:

The meeting will be held June 3rd – 6th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, and it will be a hybrid meeting.

March 28th: Abstract submission deadline

March 15th: Registration opens – look out for an email soon

April 17th: Early-bird registration deadline


Monday June 3: Graduate student workshop, and welcome reception
Tuesday June 4: First day of annual general meeting, public lecture
Wednesday June 5: Second day of annual general meeting, conference banquet
Thursday June 6: Third day of annual general meeting, CASCA business meeting

For further details and information, please contact the help team (help@cascato.ca), the SOC (soc@cascato.ca), the LOC (loc@cascato.ca) or the registration team (registration@cascato.ca)

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!