Postdoctoral Position in Astrophysics Instrumentation & Data Analysis at the University of Toronto

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University  of Toronto seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on  scientific and technical problems related to the TIME instrument, a  millimeter-wave experiment designed to use line intensity mapping to  probe reionization and cosmic star-formation.

The appointee is expected to contribute to the success of the TIME  instrument via design and testing, travel to Kitt Peak for instrument  installation, instrument assembly and operation, preparation of data  analysis pipelines, and/or data analysis. People with skills in  astronomical instrumentation, particularly in the mm-wavelength range,  software development for astronomical instruments, and experience in  Python are all encouraged to apply. If interested, the appointee will  also have an opportunity to work on other projects as well including  CMB-S4 and CCAT-Prime. Application link and further details can be  found here: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/e51bc7f0

In memoriam: Paul Felenbok

We received with great sadness the news that Paul Felenbok passed away  on Tuesday 22 December 2020, at the age of 84.

Paul was born in Warsaw shortly before WWII and lived as a child in  the ghetto, from which he fled through the sewers with his family in  1943, just before the tragic uprising. He was only 7 at the time, and  lost both his parents during this escape.

He arrived in France in 1946, at the age of 10, and was raised in an  orphanage. He obtained his baccalaureate, then a scholarship to join  the Sorbonne. After a degree in physics and a certificate in fluid  mechanics, he joined Paris Observatory in Meudon. He then spent a year  at the University of Berkeley, after which, on his return to Meudon in  1963, he defended his thesis in theoretical and experimental molecular  physics applied to astronomy. He was then appointed as an astronomer  at Paris Observatory, where he remained until his retirement in 2004.

Paul Felenbok, an expert in spectroscopy, was above all a brilliant  and immensely inventive instrumentalist. Among his many achievements,  we owe him several major advances in spectroscopy and astronomy:

– The visionary development of vacuum UV spectroscopy in the  laboratory in the 1970s, providing data that would become  indispensable for future space missions.

– A new and totally innovative version of Lallemand’s electronographic  camera, the so-called “valve camera”, allowing the replacement of  nuclear plates without breaking the vacuum in the cell compartment.  This was an essential development that should have secured a long life  for the electronographic camera, had it not been quickly overriden by  CCD detectors.

– The introduction in France of fibre optics spectroscopy, with in  particular the development in the 1980s of the prototypical mobile  ISIS spectrograph, and in the 90s of the MEFOS fibre positioner and  FUEGOS project at ESO.

He also largely inspired and supported the development of the MUSICOS  multi-site spectroscopy network and participated in the development of  the CFHT, in particular with the MOS-SIS spectrograph.

Always keen to pass on his knowledge and experience, as witnessed by  the many students he has trained and for whom he has worked  tirelessly, he also attached great importance to the contact with the  public, as he demonstrated on many occasions, e.g. by running the  public relation unit (UNICOM) of Paris Observatory at the beginning of  the 2000s.

The development of astronomy in the French Alps village of St-Véran is  yet another of his great achievements. In the late 1960s, he spotted  the remarkable astronomical qualities of the Château-Renard site above  St-Véran, considered for a time to host the planned 3.60m telescope.  He managed to build there a small observatory housing a solar  coronagraph, which was operated for half a dozen years. Paul then  obtained that this observatory be made available to amateur  astronomers who have now been using it for nearly 30 years, and then  to have it completely renovated. He then developed “la Maison du  Soleil (House of the Sun)”, in the village of St-Véran, a public  centre which houses, among other experiments, the very high-resolution  spectrograph Sharmor on loan from Paris Observatory.

With Paul, the astronomical community is losing a great astronomer. He  was an extraordinary man, with a sparkling intelligence, swarming with  ideas. He was also a leader, a go-getter, solid, pragmatic, quick and  direct. His passion and enthusiasm for astronomy and instrumentation  were communicative. He was at the same time a profoundly good man,  humane, generous, always ready to listen, always dedicated to others.

Paul had managed to overcome his tragic childhood, which he almost  never spoke of, to build himself an extraordinarily human and  endearing personality. Only a few years ago, convinced by his daughter  Véronique, had he finally agreed to entrust his memories to a writer  and director, David Lescot. This resulted in a deeply moving play,  “Ceux qui restent (Those who remain)”.

All our saddened thoughts go out to his wife Betty and their two  daughters Véronique and Isabelle and their families.

Call for nominations for Honorary IAU Members

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has initiated a relatively  new category of membership called “IAU Honorary Members”.  Details  about this category can be found at https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann20035/ and https://www.iau.org/administration/statutes_rules/working_rules/

In brief, Honorary Members would be individuals who are not  professional astronomers and do not qualify as ordinary IAU members,  but they have substantially contributed to the development of  astronomical research in their country.  According to the IAU General  Secretary, these individuals would have “significantly contributed to  the progress of astronomy. This includes training, education,  communication, etc.”

Only **ONE PERSON per year** can be nominated by the Canadian National  Committee (CNC) of the IAU.  The CNC is the CASCA Board of Directors.

This announcement is a call for nominations (or self-nominations) for  Honorary IAU members.

**BY FEBRUARY 1, 2021**, please send (or arrange to have sent):

1. The CV of the nominee.
2. Two letters of recommendation outlining why the nominee should  become the Canadian Honorary Member nominee.

Send this information to:
secretary@casca.ca
with the subject line:
IAU Honorary Membership Application (followed by the name of the candidate)

LRP2020 Final Report

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of Matt Dobbs, Jeremy Heyl, Natasha Ivanova, David  Lafrenière, Brenda Matthews and Alice Shapley, we are pleased to  present the final report of the CASCA 2020 Long Range Plan for  Canadian Astronomy (LRP2020).  The unformatted version of the report  is now available on the CASCA website at  https://casca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LRP2020_December2020-1.pdf. A  professionally-designed version and a French translation are in  progress and are expected to be available early in 2021.

We thank everyone who contributed to the LRP process by writing a  white paper, attending a town hall, participating in consultations, or  answering our many requests for information. We would especially like  to recognize the very hard work of the LRP2020 panel members over the  past twenty months.

The LRP2020 section on the CASCA website (https://casca.ca/lrp2020)  contains links to all of the submitted white papers and reports as  well as a summary of the process. The designed and translated versions  of the report will be available there once complete.

Pauline Barmby & Bryan Gaensler
LRP2020 Co-Chairs
chairs@lrp2020.groups.io

Galaxy Evolution with JWST Guaranteed Time Observations

*** Galaxy Evolution with JWST Guaranteed Time Observations ***

We invite applications for two postdoctoral positions to participate  in our 200-hour JWST guaranteed time program that will study galaxy  evolution from the Epoch of Reionization, through Cosmic Noon, and  down to intermediate redshifts.

Within the first year of JWST science operations, our “CANUCS”  Guaranteed Time Observer (GTO) program will use JWST’s NIRISS slitless  spectrograph to carry out a spatially-resolved slitless grism survey  of thousands of galaxies behind five massive z~0.5 lensing clusters.  These observations will produce maps of key physical quantities such  as stellar populations, ionized gas, metallicity, dust, etc. The  NIRISS slitless spectroscopy data will be supported by extensive  NIRCam imaging and subsequent multi-slit spectroscopic follow-up with  NIRSpec. The data will allow studies of galaxies from the Epoch of  Reionization, through the peak of cosmic star formation at z~2, and to  lower redshifts, including galaxies in the massive z~0.5 lensing  clusters. Additionally, we will in parallel also observe five offset  fields with NIRCam using 14 medium-band filters, giving a bonus  complementary imaging dataset of exquisite depth and resolution. For  more information on our guaranteed-time program,  see: http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/phase2-public/1208.pdf

The postdoctoral fellows will be located at Saint Mary’s University in  Halifax, a major centre on the Atlantic coast of Canada that’s close  to nature and rich in history and culture. They will work within Dr.  Marcin Sawicki’s research group (https://www.ap.smu.ca/~sawicki),  which will consist of 4 postdoctoral fellows and several graduate  students embedded within the astronomy research ecosystem in the  Department of Astronomy and Physics and the Institute for  Computational Astrophysics. They will also interact closely with the  tight-knit CANUCS team located throughout Canada and beyond.

While the focus of the positions will be on the once-in-a-career JWST  GTO dataset, the fellows will also have time to carry out independent  research. They will also have opportunities (but no obligation) to  join in other key projects at Saint Mary’s University, such as in the  exploitation of our extremely deep-and-wide (~20 sq deg to ~27 mag)  Ugrizy dataset from the CLAUDS + HyperSuprimeCam (HSC) surveys  (https://www.ap.smu.ca/~sawicki/sawicki/CLAUDS.html), or the  development of the GIRMOS spectrograph  (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1807.03797.pdf). The fellows will also be  eligible to apply for Canadian observing time on JWST, Gemini, CFHT,  and ALMA, and to access High Performance Computing resources through  ACENET and Compute Canada.

The appointments are expected to start in September 2021 and will be  for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and the  availability of funds. We strongly encourage applications from all  qualified persons, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal  people, and people with disabilities. We appreciate and welcome  diversity, and hire on the basis of merit.

All application materials should be submitted by 8 January 2021 via  email to JWST-GTO@ap.smu.ca.  Applications should include a CV, a  statement of research interests and accomplishments, and a cover  letter, all as pdf files. Applicants should also arrange for three  referees to send reference letters directly to the same address by the  same date.

Tenure-track physics laboratory instructor at the University of Regina

Lab Instructor II (Tenure-Track), Department of Physics

https://urcareers.uregina.ca/postings/3702

The Department of Physics at the University of Regina invites  applications for a tenure-track laboratory instructor position  (Laboratory Instructor II) starting July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will coordinate, teach, manage and develop undergraduate  laboratories in physics. In addition, this person will be responsible  for supervising graduate teaching assistants and contributing to  administration and service (including outreach activities) at the  department, faculty and university levels.

We are seeking an individual who possesses expertise with in person  physics lab teaching. The individual should also have experience with  remote-delivery teaching which, during the pandemic, may be required  over a sustained period (e.g. entire semesters). Applicants must  possess, at minimum, an M.Sc. in Physics or a closely-related  discipline. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in  teaching, especially in a physics laboratory setting. It is highly  desirable for the candidate to have experience using best practices in  science teaching, developing students’ oral and written communication  skills, and incorporating modern approaches to data collection,  analysis, and presentation into lab exercises. The successful  candidate will possess experience with personnel and laboratory  management, laboratory safety, and community outreach. Experience with  troubleshooting and use of physics lab equipment, electronics, and  computers is an asset. We are looking for someone who is innovative,  enthusiastic, collegial, and who interacts with colleagues and  students in a fair- minded and professional manner.

Situated on Treaty 4 land in beautiful Wascana Park, one of the  largest urban parks in North America, the University of Regina,  together with its three federated colleges, is a comprehensive  institution emphasizing excellence in teaching and research, as well  as public service. Cross-disciplinary teaching and experiential  learning are strongly supported. The University of Regina was  established in 1974 and has grown steadily to its present student body  of 16,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Further information  about our department is available at:  http://www.uregina.ca./science/physics. To apply for the position,  submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching  philosophy through the University of Regina’s Human Resources Website  (http://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/index.html). You will also be  required to submit the names and email addresses of three professional  references who may be contacted with instructions on how to submit a  letter of reference. Candidates will be evaluated based on their prior  experience and their future potential for contributions to high  quality laboratory-based teaching, according to the criteria described  above.

Closing date for applications is November 30, 2020.

The University of Regina is committed to achieving a representative  workforce. Qualified diversity group members are encouraged to self  identify on their application. All qualified candidates are encouraged  to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given  priority.

CSA Financial Support for JWST ERS (Early Release Science) and Cycle 1  Call for Proposals

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) wishes to convey certain details to  future users of Canadian observation programs  (https://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/jwst/programs.asp) with the  James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

•    The CSA intends to fund the ERS and Cycle 1 projects of the JWST mission.
•    As a result of the CSA’s contribution to the mission, Canadian astronomers should receive at least five percent of available open  observation time in addition to the 450 hours of Guaranteed Observation Time (GTO) to the Canadian science team of JWST.
•    The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) recently published a  call for proposals for JWST Cycle 1 (see https://jwst-docs.stsci.edu/jwst-opportunities-and-policies/jwst-call-for-proposals-for-cycle-1)
•    Reminder: The deadline to submit a proposal to STScI for Cycle 1 is  November 24, 2020.
•    Canadian astronomers are encouraged to submit proposals in response  to this open invitation to the international astronomical community. A  total budget of approximately $ 780,000 (in Canadian dollars) will be  allocated to fund successful Canadian astronomers in the ERS and Cycle  1 competitions.
•    Selected proposals from Canadian Principal Investigators (PCs),  Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PCs) and Co-Investigators (Co-Cs) will  be eligible for funding. Priority will be given to PI, Co-PI and Co-I  General Observer (GO) programs over Archival Research (AR) programs in  the distribution of funds.
•    Announcement of NASA-selected proposals will take place in spring  2021. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a grant  application to the CSA for their project.
•    Grant applications will be evaluated according to the evaluation  criteria of the research component of the CSA grants and contributions program  (https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/funding-programs/grants-and-contributions-snapshot.asp).

Postdoctoral Position in CMB Analysis and Pipeline Development

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on scientific and technical problems related to the Simons Observatory (SO) Collaboration, a microwave experiment under construction in the Atacama desert.

Submission Information
Publish Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Archive Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: Large Academic Institution/Company: University of Toronto
Department Name: Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
City: Toronto
State/Province: Ontario
Country: Canada

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on scientific and technical problems related to the Simons Observatory (SO) Collaboration, a microwave experiment under construction in the Atacama desert.

The appointee is expected to contribute to the success of the SO collaboration via the development of relevant software, data processing working under the direct supervision of Prof. Renée Hložek and Prof. Adam Hincks and in partnership with the SO Data Manager and the SO Pipeline Working Group (PWG). 50% of the research time for the position will directly be related to SO pipeline development, applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in areas relevant to SO science. People with skills in collaborative software development and in analysis of CMB time-ordered data, and with experience in python, C++ and HPC systems are all encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Hložek for additional information on the position and on the SO collaboration before submitting their application.

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. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University of Toronto’s David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA) and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). These three units 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 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.

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, 2016 (career interruptions or other extenuating circumstances will be accommodated, and should be noted in the cover letter). The other selection criteria for this position are demonstrated experience in processing of large astronomical surveys, pipelines or catalogs; and evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Additional desirable but not essential criteria are: prior expertise in CMB analysis and cosmological inference; and a demonstrated ability to supervise research students. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of further extensions. The position comes with an annual starting salary of CAD $66,330 plus generous benefits, an annual research allowance, relocation assistance, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute.

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, and persons with disabilities. Subject to immigration regulations, the successful candidate will be given the option to take up the position as a part-time appointment if needed (e.g., for parental leave). Such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application.

The nominal starting date for the position is October 1, 2021. All application materials must be submitted online at AcademicJobsOnline by December 15, 2020. Applicants should submit (in PDF format): a cover letter explicitly addressing the above selection criteria; a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a one-page summary of future research interests. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead and signed) uploaded through AcademicJobsOnline directly by the writers by December 15, 2020.

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 to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17355

Related URLs:
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Selection Deadline:
Monday, February 15, 2021
Current Status of Position:
Accepting Applicants

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Research Associate in Radio Polarimetry Techniques

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) is seeking a  Research Associate in Radio Polarimetry Techniques to support the DRAO  Radio Astronomy group within the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics  (HAA) Research Centre.

DRAO is Canada’s national facility for radio astronomy. Astronomers  and engineers work closely together to design and build innovative  radio telescopes, and use radio telescopes at DRAO and elsewhere to  conduct frontline research.

The John A. Galt 26-m Telescope at DRAO conducts large surveys of  radio emission from the Milky Way Galaxy. The scientists at DRAO are  world experts in studying magnetic fields in interstellar space by  means of inspecting the polarization of radio waves received from  space. Polarization is the tendency of an electric field to have a  non-random orientation when averaged over time. Magneto-optic effects  such as Faraday rotation and Zeeman splitting can imprint polarized  signatures on interstellar radio emission; the detection of these  polarized fingerprints can allow astronomers to measure magnetic  fields between the stars.

Polarized radio signals from interstellar space are very weak and the  telescope itself alters the polarization state of the incoming  radiation.  DRAO has access to sophisticated electromagnetic  simulation software (CST and GRASP 10) that will be used to produce  detailed computations of the polarized antenna response.

Based on the applicant’s understanding of polarization and antennas,  the Research Associate will use GRASP to compute antenna response, and  will use the techniques of radiative transfer to predict the polarized  response of the 26-m Galt Telescope and of the 18-m offset reflector  being designed for the NRAO ngVLA project.  This work will be used to  simulate how the polarization states of incoming radiation leak into  one another in the large-scale response of these telescopes. The  Research Associate will write articles to be published in refereed  scientific or engineering journals detailing the techniques used and  the comparison between the predicted and measured polarization  response of each telescope.

The NRC is a partner in a number of extant and future radio arrays  including the DRAO Synthesis Telescope, ALMA, the SKA, and ngVLA. The  results from this study will be directly applicable to the modelling  of the polarized beam response of these arrays and will be an integral  component of an antenna optics modelling effort that DRAO would like  to develop.

The successful candidate will have:

* Significant experience in conducting original scientific or  engineering research, demonstrated by published papers in the refereed  scientific or engineering literature.
* Significant experience in electromagnetic simulation or modelling.
* Basic experience with radio instrumentation and/or antennas.
* Basic experience with radio interferometry/aperture synthesis  and/or single-dish instrumental polarization.
* Coursework in electromagnetic wave propagation.
* Ability to write software in a scientific programming language.

It will be an asset for the candidate to have had:

* Coursework or research experience in antenna theory.
* Experience with CST, GRASP or equivalent antenna modelling software.

The initial appointment is of two years duration, which may be  extended (subject to performance and availability of funds). The  hiring is at the postdoctoral level and the candidate will be  remunerated based on expertise, skill, outcomes, and impacts of their  previous work experience.

Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics,  physics, or electrical engineering within the last five years or  expect to receive the degree within the next six months.

As an employer that values the diversity of its workforce, the NRC  will give priority to applicants who have self-identified as members  of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities,  Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

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

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive  health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, paid maternity  and parental leave, relocation assistance, vacation and other leave  entitlements.

Related URLs:

Vous pouvez obtenir ces renseignements en français:
https://recruitment-recrutement.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/job/Penticton-Attach%C3%A9-ou-Attach%C3%A9e-de-recherche-%28AR%29-en-radiopolarim%C3%A9trie-BC/542209717/

Information on the staff and their research interests:
https://astroherzberg.org/

Further information on the NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics  Research Center (NRC-HAA):
https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/research-collaboration/research-centres/herzberg-astronomy-astrophysics-research-centre

Application Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020

See full poster and apply HERE:  https://career17.sapsf.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=10388&company=nationalreP

Email: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Indigenous Scholar – Faculty of Science – University of Manitoba Position # 29312 and 29313

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba invites  applications from Indigenous (e.g., First Nations (status or  non-status), Métis or Inuit) Scholars in any field of science for two full-time tenured or tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate or Full Professor, commencing July 1, 2021, or on a date  mutually agreed upon. Rank and salary will be dependent on  qualifications and experience. Candidates who are either of Canadian  Indigenous background or are Indigenous in their respective countries/territories and whose work complements and supports the education, research, and Indigenous initiatives within the Faculty of  Science and at the University of Manitoba are invited to apply.

We seek an emerging or established scholar with a commitment to  excellence in teaching, research and community outreach.  The  successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in any field of science and  have demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, leadership and  mentorship related to Indigenous student achievement and engagement.  Relevant research, industry, or community experience or other  distinguishing attributes are considered an asset. Duties will include  undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, and student research  supervision; research, including the establishment of an externally  funded research program; and service and community activities.  The  relative division of activities for the successful candidate between  teaching, research, and service/community activities are flexible.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.   Appointment can be in any department in the Faculty of Science or  joint across multiple departments.

The Faculty of Science comprises the departments of Biological  Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and  Astronomy, Microbiology, and Statistics and features many additional  interdisciplinary programs and activities, at both the undergraduate  and graduate levels that cross departmental boundaries.  The Faculty  of Science 50th Anniversary Challenges for the coming decades commit  us to important work in the following challenge areas: Explore Life on  the Smallest Scales, Harness Microbial and Genetic Worlds, Transform  Tomorrow’s Devices, Make Computers our Sixth Sense, Revolutionize  Science and Math Literacy for the 21st Century, Expand our  Contribution to the Innovation Ecosystem, Leverage the Origins of the  Universe, Reconnect Nature’s Networks, and Cultivate Remote and Rural  Communities. The Faculty of Science has a deep commitment to  educational excellence and a strong and active community of science  educators, including the Pedagogy and Learning Science working group,  and features the newly created Manitoba Institute for Science Teaching.

The Faculty of Science has launched a major new initiative, the  Wawatay Program, in order to develop closer ties to Indigenous  communities, dramatically grow the number of Indigenous science  graduates, infuse Indigenous science approaches and perspectives into  science education and strengthen mutual research.  In summer of 2021,  we will be hosting a major new international conference, “The 2021  North America Indigenous Science Conference”.

The University is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the  province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment and the  region provides exciting opportunities for outdoor exploration and  recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at www.winnipeg.ca.

Manitoba’s Indigenous population is young and rapidly growing.  Statistics Canada census data suggest that Indigenous peoples will  comprise nearly 19 per cent of Manitoba’s population by 2026. The  University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation, its connections with  Indigenous students, partners and communities, and its commitment to  Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the  University seeks to create.

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the  homeland of the Métis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous  Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its  2015-2020 strategic plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant  Indigenous community, including 2,400 First Nations, Métis and Inuit  students, the U of M has one of the largest Indigenous student  populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as host of the  National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated  to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a  centre of excellence for this work.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and  diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications  from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons,  persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and  genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification  of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,  Indigenous Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given  priority. Applicants must, at application, declare that he/she/they  self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)  Canadian, or as Indigenous in their respective countries/territories.

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.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a two-page description of  teaching philosophy, a two-page summary of research interests  accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, a three-page research  plan, a one-page plan for leadership and mentorship in the context of  Indigenous student achievement in the department and Faculty of  Science, the name and contact information (phone and e-mail) of three  referees, and Indigenous self-declaration verification should be sent  by email in a single pdf file to  Indigenous_Scholars.Science@umanitoba.ca.

Priority will be given to candidates who apply before November 30,  2020, but the search will remain open 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.