Postdoctoral Position in Extreme Astrophysics – University of Manitoba

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the eXtreme Astrophysics group of Prof. Samar Safi-Harb in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. As part of expanding the group’s research area into multi-messenger astrophysics, supported by the Canada Research Chairs program, the successful candidate will work on astrophysical studies of Compact Objects (compact objects mergers, neutron stars/magnetars, black holes) and/or associated environments (kilonova remnants, supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebulae), with focus on their multi-messenger science.

Over the next several years, advancements in sensitivity and detector development for both High-Energy and Gravitational Wave (GW) observatories will revolutionize our understanding of some of the most extreme events in the Universe. In particular, the upcoming Fourth Observing Run (O4) of the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaborations, expected to start in Spring 2023, will accelerate the growth of the multi-messenger astrophysics field, and lead to the discovery of new GW events to be followed up across the electromagnetic spectrum and with other messengers. The successful applicant will contribute to one or more of the following projects, depending on their interest and expertise: data analysis and interpretation of new GW transient events, targeted searches of continuous GW from known pulsars, directed searches of continuous GW waves from compact objects in supernova remnants and pulsar wind nebulae, follow-up and analysis of electromagnetic counterparts to GW events. Other projects that would align with multi-messenger studies of extreme astrophysical events can be proposed. The applicant will be given opportunities to (co-)supervise students, collaborate with researchers nationally and internationally, and contribute to outreach and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion activities at the University.

Applicants are required to have their PhD by the time they start their position, and preference will be given to candidates within three years of their PhD (official leaves not counted towards that timeframe). Applicants who are experienced with compact objects and gravitational wave (GW) astrophysics, GW data analysis, and/or follow up of electromagnetic counterparts of GW sources are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given preference. Knowledge of machine learning methods, Bayesian analysis, or surveys’ cross-matching will be an asset. This position will be full-time employment at the University of Manitoba with a negotiable starting date, ideally in May 2023, or soon after for a period of two years. A third year is possible subject to funding and performance.

The eXtreme astrophysics group of Prof. Safi-Harb collaborates with researchers nationally and internationally on multi-wavelength studies of high-energy astrophysical objects and phenomena; and is actively involved in the planning of future missions, particularly in the high-energy domain. Research in Astrophysics at the U. of Manitoba is enabled by observations conducted with state-of-the-art international telescopes and high-performance computing clusters. Additional facilities are available through Compute Canada. The Astronomy & Astrophysics group will soon commission the Peebles Astrophysics Lab: a new space for astronomy trainees that will facilitate interactions and interdisciplinary collaborations. We are supported by research links with other University of Manitoba departments, through the recently launched Data Science Nexus (https://sci.umanitoba.ca/data-science-nexus/) which is housed in the Faculty of Science.

The City of Winnipeg (www.tourismwinnipeg.com), located where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, is recognized for its vibrant, multicultural community and diverse culture. The city, with a growing population of more than 766,000, is home to internationally renowned festivals, galleries and museums, the historic Exchange District and The Forks, and ever-expanding research, education, and business sectors. From the Hudson Bay waters, across the farmland fields, to the pulse of the cities and towns, The Province of Manitoba’s (www.travelmanitoba.com) people and places – its 100,000 lakes, 92 provincial parks, winding river valleys and storied prairie skies – inspire.
The cost of living in Winnipeg is relatively low, housing is affordable, and Manitobans are renown for their friendliness. Winnipeg is home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the NHL’s Jets. Furthermore, the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus houses the stadium that hosts the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football games. The region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons and has been identified by Time magazine as one of 2021’s “World’s Greatest Places”.

The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

To apply, please provide the following documents:
• A cover letter (1 page maximum) including the names and contact information of at least three professional references.
• A CV including a publications list.
• A research statement (3 pages maximum) addressing the candidate’s interest in the position and proposed research program.
• A statement (1 page maximum) addressing past and/or proposed contributions to supervision of students, public outreach, teaching, professional service, and/or Equity/Diversity/Inclusion activities.

All documents should be merged as a single PDF and sent by email to samar.safi-harb@umanitoba.ca, with the Subject: Postdoctoral Position in Extreme Astrophysics. Review of applications will begin Dec 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

(this job ad can be also viewed on the AAS Job register: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/692fa3c6)

David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto

The David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in the area of Astrophysics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching.

We seek applicants in any area of Astrophysics whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and lead an innovative, externally funded research program; supervise research projects carried out by graduate and undergraduate students; teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses; and engage in university service activities.

Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in research, which can be demonstrated by the applicant’s cover letter, a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

We seek candidates who perform innovative research that will advance our understanding of the Universe. In their application materials, the successful candidate must:

Provide a demonstrated record of innovative research;
Provide a strong research plan with a vision for how this can be achieved at the University of Toronto;
Demonstrate their capacity to prepare the leaders of the future in astrophysics by recruiting, supervising, training and mentoring research students, early-career researchers, and/or technical staff from a diverse range of backgrounds and levels of ability.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by teaching accomplishments and the teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading workshops or seminars, or student mentorship. The successful candidate for this position must demonstrate experience in or capacity for teaching effectively and communicating clearly to a diverse student body, in a way that meaningfully advances equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The successful candidate will benefit from proximity to two other astronomy units based at the University: (1) The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, an endowed research institute dedicated to innovative technology, ground-breaking research, world-class training, and public engagement. (2) The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, a renowned National theory institute. University of Toronto astronomers have access to a wide range of observational facilities with guaranteed access to CFHT, Gemini, SDSS-V, LSST, JWST, ALMA, MWA and CHIME.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants must submit:

a cover letter.
a current curriculum vitae including a full list of publications.
a research statement, and
a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or evidence of performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

The Department is committed to an inclusive and flexible workplace. We encourage applications from qualified applicants of all sexual orientations and gender expressions, Black and racialized people, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities. For additional information about the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics please visit http://www.astro.utoronto.ca. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact astrochair@astro.utoronto.ca to ask questions about the position or to seek further information.

Candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning working environment demonstrated through the application materials.  The research and teaching statements must each address the applicant’s capacities to teach, train and support a diverse body of students/trainees and to meaningfully advance equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the relevant contexts, as per the expectations listed above. For information about the University’s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and innovation see  https://ediri.utoronto.ca/.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF or Word format.  If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Roberto Abraham at roberto.abraham@utoronto.ca.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date, January 4, 2023.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job-invite/26085/

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

Herzberg Instrument Science Fellow

City: Penticton, BC or Victoria, BC
Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Classification: RO
Tenure: Term
Duration: This is a 2 year term position with the possibility of a 1 year extension
Language Requirements: English

Your Challenge
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for a Herzberg Instrument Science Fellow (Research Associate) to support our Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. The Fellow would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity, and who is motivated to become the Principal Investigator for next generation astronomical instruments and facilities.

The Fellow will be an active research astronomer/instrumentalist who is able to become a key interface between astronomers and instrumentation teams working on new astronomical instruments and facilities. They will work at NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre (NRC-HAA) within the Astronomy Technology Directorate (ATD; Science and Projects Team), that brings together leading astronomy researchers with engineers and technicians working on instrumentation design, development and integration.

NRC-HAA has a rare combination of staff involved in astronomy research, instrumentation design and development, engineering, data science and observatory support. This fellowship is intended to leverage this environment to help develop researchers who will become the leaders necessary to enable ambitious new instrumentation for cutting edge astronomy research in the coming decades.

The ATD is a leading developer of instrumentation for Canada’s current and future ground- and space-based telescopes at radio through to optical wavelengths (e.g., the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the Attacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Gemini. Its multi-disciplinary team includes project managers, optical, electrical, mechanical and systems engineers and technicians, signal processing experts and astronomers. Current major activities include correlator upgrades and central signal processing architectures for the SKA, ALMA and the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA), composite dish antenna designs for new observatories including ngVLA, development for the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) expansion and the Canadian Hydrogen Observatory and Radio-transient Detector (CHORD), participation in the development of optical/near infrared spectrographs for Gemini, and adaptive optics systems for TMT.

In addition to leadership and participation in facility class instrumentation, the ATD maintains a strategic research and development program specialising in radio receivers, radio dishes, signal processing, adaptive optics, and optical/near infrared instrumentation,. This includes the development of modest-scale pathfinder instruments and on-sky demonstrators. This is in addition to astronomical research activities undertaken by astronomers in the ATD and elsewhere in HAA, that spans exoplanets, star and planet formation, near field cosmology and resolved stellar populations, galaxy evolution, supermassive black holes, high redshift galaxies, time domain astronomy, survey astronomy, and other fields. Activities are split between the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Penticton, which houses most of the radio expertise, and the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, which houses the millimeter-wave receiver group as well as most of the optical and near-infrared expertise.

The successful candidate will be a recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics or another closely related discipline who is highly motivated to engage in astronomical instrumentation and technology projects in the ATD. They will want to become the Principal Investigators for the next generation of astronomical instruments and facilities, and the ATD will provide them with the experience, support and professional development to help them develop into this role. Instrument Science Fellows will be expected to undertake research activities in astronomical instrumentation, or observational astronomy of relevance to the instrumentation that they support.

The successful candidate will:

* Engage with the instrumentation teams in the ATD and provide scientific support, advocacy and insight through close interactions with the technical teams and the science user community, under the mentorship of existing ATD instrument scientists. Scientific support could include the development of science cases, science requirements, survey planning, development of observing simulators, supporting the design, build and integration of instruments, on-sky testing and commissioning, science exploitation, etc.
* Participate in professional development activities focused on supporting their development into the next generation of Principal Investigators for astronomical instruments, including leadership, project management, systems engineering, communication, and grant writing.
* Conduct original research in astronomical instrumentation and/or observational astronomy, independently and in collaboration with NRC-HAA staff members.
* Contribute to the scientific exploitation of other NRC-HAA resources, particularly, but not limited to, the expertise of scientific and technical staff, and the astronomical facilities and infrastructure administered by NRC-HAA, including the observatories as well as the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) and the instrumentation labs.
* Engage with the astronomical community to advance Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics mandate to provide astronomical facilities and services to Canadian researchers.

The Herzberg Instrument Science Fellowship is intended to provide flexibility given the applicant’s interests and personal circumstances. It may be held in either Penticton or Victoria, depending on the instrumentation interests of the applicant.

Screening Criteria
Education
As part of the RA Program you must have received your PhD in astronomy or astrophysics or a closely related discipline within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.

**Exception may be considered to recognise maternity/parental leave.

Experience
* Five years or less experience in astronomical instrumentation and/or observational astronomy research beyond the PhD.
* Experience in reducing and analysing/modelling astronomical data in one or more of the radio, centimeter, millimeter/sub-millimeter, infrared, optical and ultraviolet wavebands from ground- and/or space-based observatories or from astronomical data archives.
* Experience in the development of science cases and/or science requirements and/or survey requirements for astronomical facilities and instruments; experience in the development, design, build and integration of astronomical facilities and instruments; experience in the on-sky testing and/or commissioning of astronomical facilities and instruments.
* Experience in publishing international calibre research papers relating to astronomical instrumentation and/or observational astronomy in the refereed scientific literature.

Language Requirements
English

To apply, visit our website: https://recruitment-recrutement.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/job/Victoria-Herzberg-Instrument-Science-Fellow-BC/564413517/

ORCASat launch on CRS-26 from Kennedy Space Center

On  Sat. Nov. 19 at 2204 UTC (= 2:04 pm Pacific = 5:04 pm Eastern local time in Florida), Canada’s first satellite for astronomical purposes that was constructed by Canadian students, ORCASat ( https://www.orcasat.ca ), was scheduled to lift off from pad LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center, aboard CRS-26 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_CRS-26 ) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Cargo Dragon. Approximately 39 hours following its launch, CRS-26 docked with the International Space Station, and then ORCASat, together with the other cargo, transferred onto the ISS. Approximately a week following that, i.e. on or around Nov. 28, ORCASat was deployed from the ISS into its own orbit. ORCASat’s main ground station (on the UVic campus) will attempt to establish contact with ORCASat within 24 hours after its deployment from the ISS, and to begin ORCASat’s mission of calibrating optical photometry for multiple major astronomical observatories worldwide.

ORCASat is a 2U cubesat that contains two laser diode sources, at 660 nm and 840 nm, directed into a 2″ diameter integrating sphere ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrating_sphere ), as pictured near the bottom of https://www.orcasat.ca/mission and in https://www.orcasat.ca/design . The light output of the laser diode sources will be continuously monitored by a pair of Hamamatsu
photodiodes (one silicon, one InGaAs) also mounted on the integrating sphere. The two ORCASat light sources will be on and
flashing/modulated (in order to allow the precise subtraction of all solar & Earth reflection background light within image data analysis) for 15 seconds when within view of the selected ground site at night, per the pattern described in:

https://particle.phys.uvic.ca/~jalbert/ORCASatPayloadDatatakingProcedures.pdf

where “LSST” can be changed to any (lat,lon) between +-52 degrees lat, each time we establish ground contact with ORCASat (about once per day). We plan to initially change the selected source-on ground site to the Victoria area, and attempt to observe ORCASat from both the DAO and the UVic campus observatory within the first week of ORCASat operation (clear skies permitting). Assuming success, we then intend to change the nominal ORCASat source-on overfly site to be Pan-STARRS on Maui, until the Rubin Observatory in Chile is operational; however again, ORCASat should be able to provide occasional photometric calibration at 660 nm and 840 nm for other observatories worldwide as well. We will, of course, make ORCASat’s onboard photodiode data, with its precision calibration of ORCASat’s optical output (carefully calibrated at NRC’s Montreal Rd. campus in Ottawa, as described in https://www.orcasat.ca/updates/payload-calibration ), available publicly.

The launch of CRS-26, with ORCASat aboard, scheduled at 2204 UTC on Sat. Nov. 19, will be live-streamed on all three of the NASA-Live, SpaceX, and SpaceflightNow Youtube channels (please take your pick of any of those):

https://www.youtube.com/c/NASA
https://www.youtube.com/c/SpaceX
https://www.youtube.com/c/SpaceflightNowVideo

Assistant Professor – Astrophysics (University of Toronto)

The David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in the area of Astrophysics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching.

We seek applicants in any area of Astrophysics whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and lead an innovative, externally funded research program; supervise research projects carried out by graduate and undergraduate students; teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses; and engage in university service activities.

Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in research, which can be demonstrated by the applicant’s cover letter, a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

We seek candidates who perform innovative research that will advance our understanding of the Universe. In their application materials, the successful candidate must:
Provide a demonstrated record of innovative research;
Provide a strong research plan with a vision for how this can be achieved at the University of Toronto;
Demonstrate their capacity to prepare the leaders of the future in astrophysics by recruiting, supervising, training and mentoring research students, early-career researchers, and/or technical staff from a diverse range of backgrounds and levels of ability.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by teaching accomplishments and the teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading workshops or seminars, or student mentorship. The successful candidate for this position must demonstrate experience in or capacity for teaching effectively and communicating clearly to a diverse student body, in a way that meaningfully advances equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The successful candidate will benefit from proximity to two other astronomy units based at the University: (1) The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, an endowed research institute dedicated to innovative technology, ground-breaking research, world-class training, and public engagement. (2) The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, a renowned National theory institute. University of Toronto astronomers have access to a wide range of observational facilities with guaranteed access to CFHT, Gemini, SDSS-V, LSST, JWST, ALMA, MWA and CHIME.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants must submit:

a cover letter.
a current curriculum vitae including a full list of publications.
a research statement, and
a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or evidence of performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

The Department is committed to an inclusive and flexible workplace. We encourage applications from qualified applicants of all sexual orientations and gender expressions, Black and racialized people, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities. For additional information about the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics please visit http://www.astro.utoronto.ca. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact astrochair@astro.utoronto.ca to ask questions about the position or to seek further information.

Candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning working environment demonstrated through the application materials.  The research and teaching statements must each address the applicant’s capacities to teach, train and support a diverse body of students/trainees and to meaningfully advance equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the relevant contexts, as per the expectations listed above. For information about the University’s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and innovation see  https://ediri.utoronto.ca/.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF or Word format.  If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Roberto Abraham at roberto.abraham@utoronto.ca.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date, January 4, 2023.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job-invite/26085/

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy University of Waterloo

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. A broad range of areas will be considered including, Astrophysics, Quantum Matter, Photonics, Biophysics, and Soft Matter. Applications from outstanding candidates in other areas will be considered. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023.

We are seeking applications from theorists and/or experimentalists. A Ph.D. degree and evidence of outstanding promise in research and teaching are required. Successful applicants are expected to develop and maintain a research program of exceptional quality and impact, to attract and supervise graduate students, to attract external funding at the level required to maintain a thriving research group, and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The salary range is $105,000 to $125,000, depending on experience. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Candidates should submit electronically a curriculum vitae, an outline of research accomplishments, a brief research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy and goals, and make arrangements for four letters of reference to be sent to Professor Brian McNamara, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1. Telephone: (519) 888-4567; extension 36831; e-mail: physics@uwaterloo.ca. Materials should be received by January 15, 2023.  Further information about the Department can be found on our web page: https://uwaterloo.ca/physics-astronomy/

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff.  The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as Indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations, Metis, Inuit/Inuk), Black, racialized, people with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office (https://uwaterloo.ca/human-rights-equity-inclusion/indigenousinitiatives).

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process, eligibility, or a request for accommodation during the hiring process, please contact Dr. Brian McNamara, Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Telephone: (519) 888-4567; extension 36831; E-mail: physics@uwaterloo.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Three reasons to apply: https://uwaterloo.ca/faculty-association/why-waterloo.

Astronomical Society of India invites nominations for 2022 Prof. M. K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal

Instituted in the memory of late M. K. Vainu Bappu, founder President of the Society and a past President of the International Astronomical Union, this medal is awarded once every two years to honour exceptional contributions to Astronomy & Astrophysics by young scientists anywhere in the world.

Young astronomers with exceptional achievements and promise are eligible for the award. The scientific achievements may be in any branch of astronomy, astrophysics and related fields. There are no restrictions on nationality. The nominee must be of 35 years of age or below, as on 31 Dec 2022. Work done prior to 31 December 2021 will only be considered.

Please find more information about the award from the link below, the nominations will be accepted through the online form available in the page.

https://www.astron-soc.in/vainu_bappu.

The link for the poster is https://www.astron-soc.in/sites/default/files/ASI_VB_2022.pdf

McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships

We invite applications for multiple postdoctoral fellowship applications at the McGill Space Institute (MSI).

MSI is an interdisciplinary research centre within McGill University consisting of 20 affiliated faculty members from the Departments of Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Natural Resource Sciences at McGill (http://msi.mcgill.ca/index.php?page=faculty-staff). Research topics include (but are not limited to) astrophysics, cosmology, astrobiology, geophysics, life in extreme environments, and the search for extraterrestrial biosignatures.

We anticipate offering multiple positions tailored to the successful applicants’ research interests. MSI Fellowships can be held at any MSI-affiliated department by researchers who specialize in any of the above areas or some interdisciplinary combination thereof.

The successful applicant will have a background in either theoretical, observational, experimental, or computational research in any of the MSI’s research areas. Postdoctoral fellows will work within the research group(s) of one or more faculty members at McGill. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact potential supervisors ahead of time; while not strictly required, most successful candidates in the past have done so.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and a research statement, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent through AcademicJobsOnline (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/23089). Extra letters will be disregarded.

A successful cover letter will provide a quick summary of your research background, a brief statement of future research directions, and how this fits into the research at McGill. We value an inclusive community, and thus we (optionally) welcome descriptions of any barriers that you may have faced in your research career, descriptions of community-oriented activities that have contributed to a more equitable and diverse work environment, or plans for such work that you may have as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill.

A successful research statement will describe both your past research as well as your research plans, with the best balance to be determined by the applicant. The research plans should include a description of how they relate to research currently being performed by faculty members at McGill. While we appreciate that the finest nuances of one’s research may be understandable only by experts, applicants are advised to make the broadest strokes of their research (and its significance) understandable to an interdisciplinary selection committee consisting of members coming from the entire breadth of MSI’s research mission. The total length of the research statement should not exceed two pages (including figures), although an additional page of references is acceptable.

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits, and will be for two years with a possible renewal for a third year, dependent on supervisor approval and the availability of funds. Preference is given to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline of December 1, 2022.

We expect to make first-round offers and to notify the waitlist by late December. Later-round offers will be made after the new year through mid-February.

We also encourage applicants to consider applying for a CITA National Fellowship to be held at McGill. A separation application must be submitted directly to CITA. See https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/b6b7a598 for details (deadline: Nov.7).

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity within its community. We welcome applications from: women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, racialized people/visible minorities, ethnic minorities, 2SLGBTQIA* people (sexual orientation and/or gender identity minorities), and others who may contribute to diversification.

Postdoctoral researchers at McGill enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, see: https://www.mcgill.ca/gps/postdocs/fellows/healthcare

CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR THEORETICAL ASTROPHYSICS (CITA) NATIONAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

CITA is a national centre for theoretical astrophysics located at the University of Toronto. As part of its mandate to promote research throughout Canada, the Institute provides partial support for postdoctoral fellows working in theoretical astrophysics or closely related fields at Canadian universities other than the University of Toronto, through its National Fellows Program.

If you are interested in a CITA National Fellowship, please contact any of the following faculty by email or check department websites for further research projects and details. Apply through the CITA application website and check off the Fellowships you are interested in applying to. You will be required to submit a CV, research statement and arrange for three letters of recommendation.

Please apply online at: https://icat.cita.utoronto.ca/pdf

The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is November 7, 2022 for fellowships to start in September 2023.

Lorne Nelson, Bishop’s University (lnelson@ubishops.ca)
Brett Gladman, University of British Columbia (gladman@astro.ubc.ca)
Mark Halpern, University of British Columbia (halpern@physics.ubc.ca)
Alan Coley, Dalhousie University (alan.coley@dal.ca)
Samar Safi-Harb, University of Manitoba (samar.safi-harb@umanitoba.ca)
Robert Brandenberger, McGill University (rhb@hep.physics.mcgill.ca)
H. Cynthia Chiang, McGill University (hsin.chiang@mcgill.ca)
Nicolas Cowan, McGill University (nicolas.cowan@mcgill.ca)
Vicky Kaspi, McGill University (vkaspi@physics.mcgill.ca)
Adrian Liu, McGill University (adrian.liu2@mcgill.ca)
Katelin Schutz, McGill University (katelin.schutz@mcgill.ca)
Jonathan Sievers, McGill University (jonathan.sievers@mcgill.ca)
Ralph Pudritz, McMaster University (pudritz@physics.mcmaster.ca)
Marcin Sawicki, Saint Mary’s University (marcin.sawicki@smu.ca)
Levon Pogosian, Simon Fraser University (levon_pogosian@sfu.ca)
Ruobing Dong, University of Victoria (rbdong@uvic.ca)
Sara Ellison, University of Victoria (sarae@uvic.ca)
Julio Navarro, University of Victoria (jfn@uvic.ca)
Shantanu Basu, University of Western Ontario (basu@uwo.ca)
Evan McDonough, University of Winnipeg (e.mcdonough@uwinnipeg.ca)
Mike Hudson, University of Waterloo (mike.hudson@uwaterloo.ca)
James Taylor, University of Waterloo (taylor@uwaterloo.ca)
Will Percival, University of Waterloo (will.percival@uwaterloo.ca)

Please visit CITA’s website at www.cita.utoronto.ca and click on “Opportunities” for more information.

Plaskett Doctoral Fellowship (Research Associate)

Further information on NRC Herzberg can be found at https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/research-collaboration/research-centres/herzberg-astronomy-astrophysics-research-centre

Information on the staff and their research interests is available at http://astroherzberg.org.

More information on the Fellowship is available at https://nrc.canada.ca/en/corporate/careers/plaskett-fellowship

Desired starting date: September 2023

The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre of the National Research Council (NRC) is pleased to announce the 2022 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, PDFs are effectively term limited staff scientists with all the associated benefits, including paid maternity and parental leave, vacation, accruable pension contributions and others.

We encourage researchers in any area of astrophysics to apply. For reference, the following are active fields of research at NRC Herzberg:

  • 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.
  • 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, as well as leadership of 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, GBT, or other facilities, and leveraging results from Herschel, Spitzer, or JCMT legacy programs (e.g., the JCMT Gould Belt Survey and the JCMT Transient 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.
  • Contribute to the scientific exploitation of NRC Herzberg’s resources, particularly, but not limited to, the expertise of scientific and technical staff, and the astronomical facilities and infrastructure administered by NRC Herzberg, such as ALMA, CFHT, the Gemini Observatory, the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC), and the instrumentation labs.
  • Engage with the astronomical community to advance NRC Herzberg’s mandate to provide astronomical facilities and services to Canadian researchers. 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). NRC Herzberg also hosts CADC, which provides scientific data preservation, distribution, and analysis services to the community. The CADC is also home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory, the CANFAR cloud computing network, and extensive data archives (including those for CFHT, CGPS, HST, and JCMT).
  • Share with other postdoctoral research associates the organization of the NRC Herzberg weekly seminars, which run from September to April.

The initial appointment is of three years duration, which may be extended (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 will complete all requirements for their Ph.D. within 6 months of assuming the Fellowship.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should be made by 30 November 2022 via the process described at the URL provided.

Compensation Notes:
The intent of this hiring action is to staff through the Research Associate (RA) Program at the AsRO level, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093 (CAD).

Included Benefits:
NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Apply to Job:
Attention To: Hiring Manager
Institution/Company: National Research Council Canada
Department Name: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Country: Canada
Website: https://recruitment-recrutement.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/job/Victoria-Research-Associate-Plaskett-Fellowship-BC/563616917/

Inquiries:
Attention To: Hiring Services
Subject: 17630 Plaskett Fellowship (Research Associate)
Email: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca