Western University Physics & Astronomy Teaching Scholar

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario invites applications for a Teaching Scholar (TS) position. This probationary appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor with a workload of 60% teaching, 20% scholarship and 20% service. It will lead to consideration of continuing status (CTS) and promotion to Associate Professor at the end of the probationary period. The starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

• Either (1) a PhD in Physics or related field; or (2) a PhD in Education with MSc in Physics or related field. PhD must be completed by the start date;
• evidence of scholarship in teaching and learning such as innovative teaching approaches, curriculum development, and/or publications in the area of educational research;
• previous experience teaching physics, astronomy, and/or mathematics at the university undergraduate level, including preparation and delivery of lectures and design of assessments;
• a record of effective teaching practice.

The successful candidate will be an emerging or established teaching scholar who has a demonstrated, outstanding track record in teaching innovation and classroom teaching. The candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Physics & Astronomy: teaching duties will include up to 6 one-semester courses per year at the undergraduate level. The candidate is also expected to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning, which could include curriculum development, educational research supported by external funding and disseminated through publications and conferences, and training faculty and/or teaching assistants.

Western recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the University’s mandate as a research-intensive institution of higher learning. We understand that a pursuit of research excellence and a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization are mutually supporting goals. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Assets include demonstrated interest and/or experience in:
• teaching in more than one of physics, astronomy, and mathematics
• educational activities within and beyond the university;
• equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization initiatives related to teaching and learning;
• providing high-impact learning experiences for undergraduates;
• teaching undergraduate courses with large (> 250 student) enrolments;
• course administration, or training and management of teaching assistants.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in service to the University and the profession. Effective communication and interpersonal skills, as well as evidence of leadership potential, will be considered assets.

With annual research funding exceeding $270 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world applications. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.

Physics & Astronomy is a research-intensive Department in Western’s Faculty of Science with both undergraduate and graduate programs. It also has a substantial service-teaching commitment, including physics for medical sciences, general science and engineering, mathematics for engineering, and astronomy for non-scientists. We seek colleagues who share our commitment to teaching excellence who will join us in contributing to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

Candidates should submit:

1. The Application for Full-time Faculty Position Form, available at
2. A cover letter addressing how your expertise/experience and proposed activities fit this position (maximum 2 pages);
3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae including a complete publication list;
4. A statement of teaching philosophy and future plans for activities in the scholarship of teaching and learning, which could include educational research, curriculum design and innovation, pedagogical training, or other related activities (maximum 3 pages);
5. A summary of past achievements in classroom teaching and scholarship of teaching and learning (maximum 4 pages);
6. A statement of contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization which might cover topics such as: teaching that supports the success of students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and engineering, development of inclusive pedagogy, or mentoring of students from underrepresented groups (maximum 2 pages).
7. Contact details for at least three academic professionals who can provide letters of reference, at least two of whom can speak to the candidate’s teaching. Letter-writers will not be contacted until the shortlist stage of the search.

Western recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and potential candidates are encouraged to explain within their application the impact that career interruptions have had and to submit a full career or extended CV.

The application package can be submitted via email in a single PDF file to:

Dr. Pauline Barmby, Department and Search Committee Chair
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Western University
London Ontario, Canada
E-mail: p-a.search@uwo.ca

Consideration of applications will begin on December 20, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Emily Adams at eadams29@uwo.ca

Several PhD positions in “Gravity & Matter at the Extreme”

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam, Germany, announces the opening of several PhD positions in “Gravity & Matter at the Extreme”. We are particularly interested in hiring creative, proactive and motivated candidates who flourish at working in a vibrant,  interdisciplinary and synergistic group.

Successful candidates will join the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the AEI, comprised of the “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” (ACR) and “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” (CRA) divisions at the AEI in Potsdam, the University of Potsdam (UP) and the Humboldt University (HU) in Berlin. Our graduate students are exposed to a variety of research topics and have access to a world-wide research network, including international partner universities (University of Maryland and the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University). Our graduate students also have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium through the ACR-division’s membership, and the Einstein Telescope Collaboration through the AEI-UP membership. For a detailed overview of the IMPRS, its research groups, and the application procedure, please visit the IMPRS website.

The two research divisions (ACR and CRA) at the AEI in Potsdam operate three high-performance compute clusters to model gravitational-wave sources (binary black holes, neutron star binaries, and stellar collapse of massive stars), electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves, high-energy astrophysical phenomena, and to carry out waveform developments, and data analysis of gravitational waves observed by LIGO and Virgo detectors.

Research Topics and research environment:
Ph.D. theses can cover a broad spectrum of topics in gravitational-wave astronomy, high-energy astrophysics and fundamental physics, such as:

  • analytical modeling of gravitational dynamics and radiation (within post-Newtonian theory, post-Minkowskian theory, gravitational self-force, black-hole perturbation theory, and effective-one-body theory),
  • numerical-relativity, most notably simulations of compact objects in general relativity and alternatives,
  • interpretation and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors on the ground (LIGO and Virgo) and in space (LISA),
  • acceleration techniques for gravitational-wave inference, including machine learning,
  • cosmography with gravitational waves (including dark energy, dark matter, gravitational lensing),
  • tests of gravity in the strong-field and highly dynamical regime
  • modelling neutron star mergers as high-energy phenomena,
  • modelling electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves,
  • exploring neutron-star equation of state,
  • exploring nucleosynthesis,
  • stellar collapse to a black hole and a neutron star, and
  • modelling gamma-ray bursts.

Successful applicants will conduct their research projects at the AEI in Potsdam, and they will have to enrol and receive their Ph.D. degree from either the University of Potsdam or the Humboldt University in Berlin. The expected duration of the PhD program is three to four years. Applicants are required to have a Master degree by the start of the PhD program.

We offer:

  • A vibrant research environment with access to a world-class research facilities and cutting-edge research projects
  • A structured English-language graduate program
  • Fully funded positions in accordance with TVöD pay grade 13, no tuition fees, and additional funding for conferences and professional development, more info on financial aspects, see here
  • Individual supervision and mentoring by research scientists who are leaders in their respective fields
  • An excellent working environment with various on-campus support (computing facilities, PhD representatives, language courses, residence permit and visa support, children’s day care, etc.), located just 30 minutes from the city center of Berlin

Application Process:
In order to apply, please fill in this form.

You will be asked to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, university transcripts, a statement of research interests (no more than three pages), a list of publications (if applicable), and your Master thesis (if applicable). The statement of research interests should describe the student’s past research experience, future research interests and how they relate to the IMPRS’s scientific mission.

Applicants also need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters. More information on the preparation of the documents can be found on the IMPRS website and the IMPRS’ FAQ section.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is January 7th, 2024.

Equal Opportunities:
The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. The AEI and the Max Planck Society welcome persons with diverse backgrounds,
experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (Code of Conduct).

The institute promotes a healthy work-life balance by offering all employees a family support service, cooperation with a nearby international kindergarten, a parent-child office and a nursing room.

In Memoriam: Harvey Richer

It is with immense sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of our long-time friend and colleague, Professor Harvey Richer, on Nov 13th, 2023.  Harvey had been battling a long-term illness alongside his continuing work and research.

Harvey received his PhD from the University of Rochester, and immediately joined UBC as part of the UBC Geophysics and Astronomy Department in 1970.  During a University reorganization in 1996, Astronomy joined with Physics to create the current Physics and Astronomy Department, where he had been a keystone member ever since.

Harvey was a leader in the field of stellar astronomy, garnering numerous awards and research time to explore galaxy formation and the evolution of stellar systems on the twin Gemini Telescopes, the Canada France Hawaii Telescope, the Hubble space Telescope (HST) and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Harvey was one of the largest Canadian users of the HST.

Many will remember the commemorative symposium in honour of his 75th birthday, “A Richer Universe” (http://richer.stellar-astrophysics.org/program.html), held at UBC in May 2019. Highlighting research relevant to Harvey’s interests, sessions focused on globular clusters, stellar populations and white dwarfs, as well as a couple of talks on another of Harvey’s interests: numismatics (https://skynews.ca/an-astronomy-professors-passion-for-numismatics/), or coin collecting.

Harvey contributed to the Canadian astronomical community for over fifty years.  Among other contributions, Harvey served as the Canadian Gemini Scientist (2000-2003), a member of the 2005 MTR committee, and the CFHT Board of Directors Chair (2008-2009). He was awarded the Carlyle S. Beals Award in 2014.

Harvey established a CASCA medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy in 2016 through a personal donation. The Richer Medal (https://casca.ca/?page_id=7914) is available to Canadian Astronomers (or astronomers working in Canada), in recognition of “significant and sustained early career research in astronomy”.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Professor Harvey B Richer Astronomy Development Fund (https://phas.ubc.ca/harvey-b-richer-development-fund), which will receive donations towards a new observatory to be situated on the roof of the Hebb Building on the centre of the UBC campus, a project with which Harvey was passionately engaged.

Harvey is remembered as a devoted and beloved husband to Klara Richer, cherished father and father-in-law to Samantha and Adam Bretholz, and Aaron Richer and Rebecca Hersant; adored and proud grandfather of Lillian and Mira Bretholz and Asher Richer; dear brother and brother-in-law of Stephen Richer and Janine Smith and Susan and Ron Wener and cherished son of the late Samuel and Lillian Richer and son-in-law of the late Otto Glevitzky and Jolan Forbes.

Our deepest condolences go out to Harvey’s family and friends.  He will be greatly missed.

CITA Associate Professor


The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), a national centre hosted 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 Cosmology. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024.

Candidates must have earned a PhD degree in Theoretical Astrophysics or a related area, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance existing strengths in the Institute with a focus on cosmology and/or the early universe. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments (including the supervision of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students), and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below), as well as strong letters of reference.

The successful candidate will have a record demonstrating scientific leadership, creativity and technical depth throughout their career, as evidenced in their application materials.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CITA is the only national astrophysics theory institute in the world. CITA’s mission is to expand the frontiers of knowledge in all domains of astrophysics. CITA faculty help train the next generation of scholars at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral stage in Canada and abroad to attain the highest level of rigour and creativity. CITA is also actively engaged with multiple observational experiments aimed at testing theoretical ideas including (but not limited to) CCAT-p, CHIME/CHORD, CMB-S4, SDSS-V, Spec-S5, and LIGO.

The present complement of research staff in CITA includes 7 faculty and over 25 research fellows and a national network of faculty, postdocs, and students across Canada. The unique research environment at CITA is enhanced by close ties to the 23 faculty, 15 postdocs, and graduate students in the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department of Physics and the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Gravity and the Extreme Universe Program within the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching. As a public University, the UofT further offers the excitement of working with a highly diverse student population and actively encourages innovative scholarship at all levels. The Greater Toronto Area offers exceptional cultural and demographic diversity and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

For more information about CITA, please visit https://www.cita.utoronto.ca.

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

1. a cover letter;
2. a current curriculum vitae;
3. a research statement outlining current and future research interests;
4. one to three publications of which the candidate is particularly proud; and
5. a teaching dossier which includes a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three referees. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted. Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit recent letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ.

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/MS Word format. All enquiries about this position should be sent to facultysearch@cita.utoronto.ca using the subject line “Faculty Search”.

All application materials, including recent reference letters, must be received by November 14, 2023.

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.


Two Canadian Rubin Fellowship Position

The Canadian Rubin Consortium is offering two positions to work on pipeline development in Science Collaborations of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, a telescope that is under construction in Chile, set to start scientific observations in 2024. The Canadian Rubin Fellows will be embedded in the Transient and Variable Stars (TVS) Science Collaboration and the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC). Both hires will be located at the University of Toronto. 49% of the research time for each position will be directly related to pipeline development for the relevant science collaborations, and the remaining 51% will be devoted to scientific postdoctoral research.Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the individual hosts listed below for additional information on the relevant Rubin Science Collaborations before submitting their application, and to contact Prof. Renée Hložek (hlozek@dunlap.utoronto.ca) for information about the positions more generally.The positions at the University of Toronto will focus on (1) software pipeline development for the Rubin Transient and Variable Stars Collaboration with Prof. Maria Drout, and (2) transient alert pipeline development for the Dark Energy Science Collaboration with Prof. Renée Hložek. The University of Toronto’s astronomy units, namely the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA), the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) together host more than 150 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observations, computation and theory. The Dunlap Institute pursues groundbreaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to instrumentation, data-driven science and observations, alongside a substantive commitment to outreach and training. Rated as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, Toronto offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, outstanding food and music, and a vibrant and diverse cultural community. For more information on the TVS position, please contact Prof. Maria Drout (maria.drout@utoronto.ca), and on the DESC position, contact Prof. Renée Hložek (hlozek@dunlap.utoronto.ca)For more info on the positions please head to:https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/25961

2024 iREx MSc and PhD positions in Exoplanets Science

Each year, iREx professors hire new students to do a master’s degree (M.Sc.) or a doctorate (Ph.D.) in the field of exoplanets at the Université de Montréal or at one of the other home universities of the regular iREx members (McGill University and Bishop’s University).

The Trottier Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) consists of a growing team of 60+ researchers (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students) working on various research programs focused on the study of exoplanets and related fields of stellar astrophysics. Members of iREx lead many large international projects related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, such as the Canadian component of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and precision radial velocity instruments SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on the various cutting-edge research programs of iREx and on the work of our professors can be found on the institute’s website.

If you are interested in joining us for the Fall, Winter or Summer term, please check our website for more information https://exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/en/emplois-formation/cycles-superieurs/ or contact Marie-Eve Naud, irex-applications@umontreal.ca.

2024 Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship in Exoplanetary Science (iREx)

Submission guideline: https://bit.ly/iRExTrottierPostdoc
DEADLINE: December 2, 2023

The Trottier Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), invites applications for the Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship in experimental, observational or theoretical astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets, which enables forefront independent research related to exoplanets. All areas of exoplanet research will be considered.

A PhD in physics, astronomy or related discipline is required at the time when the position starts. Preference will be given to applicants within 3 years of obtaining their Ph.D. Applicants with career interruptions due to parental, medical or family leaves, or other causes are invited to mention it in their cover letter if so desired. The position start date is between May and September 2024, and is for two years, renewable for a third year subject to performance and availability of funds.

Applicants should submit a cover letter (optional, max 1 page), a CV, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests (max 2 pages), and should arrange to have three referees send a letter of reference to irex-applications@umontreal.ca by December 2nd 2023 for full consideration.

The iREx consists of a growing team of about 60 people working on a variety of observational, theoretical and instrumental projects related to the study of exoplanets and other related fields of astrophysics. They work within several research institutions located in Quebec, Canada. Our team is actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, notably the JWST and the SPIRou and NIRPS spectrographs, and have privileged access to time and data from these instruments.

The iREx advocates for diversity, inclusion and employment equity. We strongly encourage applications from women, visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

More information on the position and on our institute and its members, research programs, EPO initiatives as well EDI efforts can be found on our website:


If you have any questions, contact us at irex-applications@umontreal.ca.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professors, Department of Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo invites applications for up to four tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in Astrophysics, Quantum Matter, Photonics, Biophysics, and Soft Matter.   The anticipated start date is September 1, 2024.

We invite applications from theorists, observers, and experimentalists. Women and visible minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  A Ph.D. degree and evidence of exceptional 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 $115,000 to $130,000, 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 a brief plan to nurture equity, diversity, and inclusion in their research group and in the department. The names and full contact information for at least three references should be provided.  All application material, including the names of referees, should be uploaded to https://ofas.uwaterloo.ca/.  When creating your profile on the Online Faculty Application System, please select one of the following for your discipline: Astrophysics, Quantum Matter, Photonics, Biophysics, or Soft Matter. All material should be received by December 1, 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.

Postdoc Fellowships at Trottier Space Institute at McGill

We invite applications for multiple postdoctoral fellowship applications at the Trotter Space Institute at McGill University.

TSI 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.

Research topics include (but are not limited to) astrophysics, cosmology, astroparticle physics, astrobiology, geophysics, life in extreme environments, and the search for extraterrestrial biosignatures.

We anticipate offering multiple positions tailored to the successful applicants' research interests. TSI Fellowships can be held at any TSI-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 TSI’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.

If extra letters are submitted, a random selection of three will be considered by the committee.

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 TSI’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 November 29, 2023.

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 separate application must be submitted directly to CITA. See: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/f676a6b5 for details. (Deadline, Nov 6.)

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


Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Application Submission:https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/25600


Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: November 15th, 2023


Email Address for Inquiries:interimdirector@dunlap.utoronto.ca



The University of Toronto invites applications for the Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Dunlap Institute pursuesinnovative instrumentation, technology, and observational research to advance our understanding of the Universe, in close collaboration with colleagues in the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA) and in the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).

Dunlap Fellows are expected to conduct a program of original research either independently or in collaboration with others at the University of Toronto and will be offered professional development and mentoring across a range of topics relevant to a scientific career. Candidates will be selected on the basis of:

potential for innovative research in instrumentation, software, and/or observations,
synergy with existing activities within the Dunlap Institute.

(Potential for innovative research can be established through past accomplishments, future plans, publications, reference letters, or any combination thereof.)

Dunlap Fellows have access to laboratories, fabrication facilities and computing clusters, and can propose for additional internal support for their experimental and/or computational plans. Dunlap Fellows are also encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach and training initiatives. The range of activities and opportunities in research, outreach and training can be seen on the Dunlap Institute’s web site.

The Dunlap Institute, DADDAA, and CITA together host more than 150 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observation, computation and theory. The Dunlap Institute is located on a beautiful 19th century campus in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. Rated as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, Toronto offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, outstanding food and music, and a vibrant and diverse cultural community.

The Dunlap Institute is committed to an inclusive and flexible workplace. We encourage applications from qualified applicants of all sexual orientations and gender expressions, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and potential dual-academic-career hires.  Subject to immigration regulations, successful candidates will be given the option to take up their Fellowships as part-time appointments (such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application and will not be disclosed to the selection committee).

Appointments are for three years. Dunlap Fellowships include an annual full-time salary of CAD $72,542 plus generous benefits, a research allowance of CAD $18,000 per year, relocation assistance, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute.

The nominal commencement date is September 1, 2024. Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment. Applicants should have a PhD awarded on or after January 1, 2019 (career interruptions or other extenuating circumstanceswill be accommodated and should be noted in the cover letter).

All application materials must be submitted online atAcademicJobsOnline, by November 15th, 2023. There are four required components of the application:

1. A 300-word summary of the applicant’s planned activities as a Dunlap Fellow, submitted via the online application form.
2. A 300-word summary of how the applicant will benefit from being hosted by the Dunlap Instituteand on how the Dunlap Institute will benefit from hosting the applicant, submitted via the online application form.
3. A cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a three-page detailed description of theapplicant’s planned activities as a Dunlap Fellow.
4. Three letters of reference (on letterhead and signed),uploaded through AcademicJobsOnline by the applicant’s referees by November 15th, 2023.

In order to write the strongest possible application (especially for item 2 above), applicants are strongly encouraged toreview the current list of faculty who can act as potential collaborators or mentors. Discussing your application with relevant faculty prior to the application deadline is recommended but not required.

Interested applicants should note the existence of other upcoming postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at the University of Toronto, including CITA Postdoctoral Fellowships, Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships and the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships for Black & Indigenous Scholars. Those interested in these opportunities should contact interimdirector@dunlap.utoronto.ca for moreinformation.

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.


Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


To apply online, please go tohttps://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/25600