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:

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  (, 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:

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.

Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS) – Deadline extended

Organized by the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics  Research Institute
Hosted Virtually by Queen’s University and SNOLAB

The McDonald Institute is pleased to announce this year’s Canadian  Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS). CAPSS 2021 is a week-long  undergraduate school that will introduce students to current topics in  the field of astroparticle physics at Queen’s University and SNOLAB.

We encourage all faculty to pass this announcement on to undergraduate  students keen to experience exciting research and detector  opportunities, particular those students without much access to  similar resources. This is a fantastic chance for students starting to  consider graduate school options, or those with limited opportunities  to learn from other institutes.

Find out more on our website:  or contact us at The schedule will  be a bit different this year due to the virtual nature.

Activities will include:
– Lectures and hands-on activities in particle physics, detector  development, neutrino physics, dark matter astrophysics and cosmology,  and more!
– An enriched Masterclass on the Nobel Prize winning SNO experiment
– A virtual tour of the world-famous SNOLAB underground facility
– Online social events and networking opportunities

Topics covered include:
-Astrophysical Evidence and Cosmology of Dark Matter
-Models and Signals of Dark Matter
-Direct Detection of Dark Matter: Techniques, Applications, and  Current Status of the Field
-Neutrinos: A History, Mass Theory and Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay
-Detecting Neutrino Oscillations using the SNO Experiment

Target Audience:
This school is targeted at 2nd year and 3rd year undergraduate  students, but it is open to all undergraduate students.

Registration Fee:
There is no registration fee, but successful applicants will need to  pay a pre-registration fee of $50, reimbursable upon satisfactory  completion of the school.

For information on how to apply, see

The application deadline has been extended to April 16th, and  successful applicants will be notified by the end of April 2021.

Please distribute this advertisement to any groups, institutions or  individuals who may be interested in this opportunity.

Teaching Faculty Position: Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

**Please note: all information below may also be found on the Simon Fraser University Website. Here:

At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community engagement lies Simon Fraser University, Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Peoples. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU’s excellence as an engaged university is derived from our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, indigenization and reconciliation.

The Opportunity

The Department of Physics invites applications for a full-time Lecturer to commence July 15, 2021; the majority of the teaching associated with this position will occur at SFU’s Surrey campus. We are searching for an individual with a passion for teaching and communicating physics to undergraduates and the public and a colleague with an interest in working in a collaborative team-based environment. The Department of Physics engages a faculty complement consisting of 5 teaching-focused and 25 research-focused faculty members. We have strong undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to public outreach. Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of condensed matter, biological physics, particle physics and cosmology, AMO physics and quantum information science. For further information about our department and programs, we invite prospective candidates to visit our home page at

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to our undergraduate program in a variety of ways including coordinating undergraduate labs, teaching lecture and studio courses, training and mentoring teaching assistants, participating in outreach activities, and showing leadership in undergraduate physics education. They will demonstrate willingness and openness to the creation of an inclusive learning environment for a diverse student body.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics and should have a marked interest in and demonstrated ability for teaching at the undergraduate level. A minimum of two years’ experience as a physics instructor at the post-secondary level with duties including curriculum design and teaching assistant supervision is preferred. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and communicating physics to the public through outreach events, outstanding communication skills, and enthusiasm for new course and instructional laboratory development. The successful candidate’s teaching and service track record will illustrate our shared values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and our commitment to respectful interactions with all students, staff and faculty.

How To Apply

To apply, applicants should provide:

  • A cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, including how you would contribute to SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • An up-to-date, full curriculum vitae;
  • A teaching portfolio that includes a two-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a summary of experience with and understanding of inclusive teaching and equity-deserving-student needs, as well as other evidence of teaching strengths
  • The names and email addresses of at least three individuals who will be able to comment on your teaching strengths

All applications should be addressed to Dr. Barbara Frisken, Chair, Department of Physics, submitted via an online application form. The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on April 15, 2021. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Dr. Frisken by sending email to

In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice:

University of Calgary: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Optical / Near-infrared Astronomy

Job ID: 22502

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Optical/Near-infrared Astronomy with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2022 or later.

The successful candidate will build a vibrant, independent research program in observational optical/NIR astronomy that will contribute to and complement existing research excellence in areas that include the large-scale interstellar medium, astrochemistry, galactic magnetism, star formation, nuclear astrophysics, x-ray astronomy and gamma ray sources. You will join a group of internationally recognized experts in computational astrophysics and observational astronomy spanning wavelengths from the radio to gamma rays, who are involved in multiple major national and international instrumentation projects. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is also home to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO), a premier facility for undergraduate student instruction, public education and outreach, with over 10,000 visitors annually.

Applicants must possess a PhD in Astrophysics, Physics, or equivalent at the time of appointment and experience at the postdoctoral level is highly desirable. Successful applicants must be enthusiastic about contributing to teaching and research, and demonstrate the potential to excel in both. Specifically, the successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of the following:

•Potential to develop a productive, sustained, externally-funded research program utilizing state-of-the-art observatories and instruments
•Demonstrated record or potential to deliver high-quality instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including observational astronomy courses utilizing astrophysical observatories including the RAO
•Ability to provide effective graduate supervision
•Strong track record of publications in high quality peer-reviewed scientific journals with impact in the discipline
•Demonstrated ability and capacity to collaborate and work well as part of a team
•Commitment to supporting an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via UCalgary Careers (  A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:

•Cover letter
•Current curriculum vitae
•Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max)
•Teaching Dossier and/or Evidence of teaching effectiveness
•Statement describing the candidate’s contributions, or potential contributions to, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student, staff, and faculty body
•Names and contact information of three references

For more information and to apply for the position (Job ID# 22502), please visit:

Questions can be addressed to:
Dr. David Knudsen, Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive
Calgary AB T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.
The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information
To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

Saint Mary’s University: Eight-month Term-limited Faculty Search in Astronomy and Physics Department

The Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University seeks to hire an eight-month term-limited full-time faculty member from 1 September 2021 to 30 April 2022. Appointments are normally at the Assistant Professor level for candidates with a Ph.D. and at the Lecturer level for candidates with an M.Sc. The teaching load is 2.5 FCE (five courses) for those with a Ph.D. and 3.0 FCE (six courses) for those with an M.Sc.

The Department offers undergraduate programs in physics and astrophysics as well as both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in astronomy. Saint Mary’s is committed to excellence in teaching, and the Department seeks candidates with experience and enthusiasm for preparing and teaching core undergraduate courses in both physics and astronomy at the 2nd year undergraduate level and above. More information about the Department can be found at

Saint Mary’s is a public university with over 7,000 students, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our university is committed to serving the local, regional, national and international communities, and integrating community engagement as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the University and the Faculty of Science, please see

Saint Mary’s University is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 430,000 people. Halifax is a major educational centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. It is conveniently located to recreational areas and to other major urban centres in Canada and the Northeastern United States.

Saint Mary’s University Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Visit our web site at


The search committee will begin reviewing applications March 15, 2021. Apply for this opportunity online by visiting and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the “Apply Now” button. Applications should submit as a single PDF file: A cover letter specifically addressing the applicant’s interest in working at Saint Mary’s University; a CV; a teaching dossier (including a teaching philosophy statement, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness); and the names and contact information of three references. Note that there is a limit of 20 Mbytes per file.Please arrange for the three recommendation letters to be sent directly to search@ap.smu.caAny inquiries may be sent to:

At Saint Mary’s University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at