Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The University of Toronto invites applications for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This growing unit pursues groundbreaking research in experimental and observational astrophysics, in close collaboration with Toronto colleagues in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA), the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS).

Dunlap Fellows are expected to conduct a program of original research either independently or in collaboration with others at the University, 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, or observations, and on their ability to advance the goals of the Dunlap Institute (astronomy research, training, and outreach). Fellows have access to laboratories, computing clusters and fabrication facilities, and can propose for additional internal support for their experimental or computational plans. Dunlap Fellows are also strongly 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, DAA, CITA and CPS together host over 130 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, members of visible minorities, 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 initially for three years, with a subsequent possibility of extension for one further year subject to outstanding performance in public outreach and education activities. Dunlap Fellowships include an annual salary of CAD $71,107 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 approximate expected starting date is September 1, 2020. Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment. Only applicants with a PhD awarded on or after January 1, 2015, will be considered, except in the case of career interruption or other extenuating circumstances.

All application materials must be submitted online at AcademicJobsOnline, by November 13, 2019. In service of our goals of an unbiased and equitable hiring process, an initial evaluation of applicants will be made via a 300-word anonymized summary of the applicant’s proposed research program, which should be submitted via the online form. Applicants should also submit (in PDF format) a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a 3-page detailed description of their proposed research program. This 3-page document should include a short statement on how the applicant will benefit from being hosted by the Dunlap Institute, and on how the Dunlap Institute will benefit from hosting the applicant.  Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead and signed) uploaded through AcademicJobsOnline directly by the writers by November 13, 2019.

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/14236

Three New MSc/PhD Positions in Exoplanet Science


We are happy to announce three new MSc/PhD positions in exoplanet science at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal. The three students will work in Professor Björn Benneke’s new group on the characterization and discovery of exoplanets and their atmospheres.

Professor Benneke is arriving at UdeM with state-of-art atmospheric modeling tools and a wide range of exciting new data sets from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and the 10-meter Keck telescopes. Among other things Professor Benneke is the principle investigator of the largest Hubble Space Telescope program to characterize super-Earths as well as a large Keck Telescope program to study giant exoplanets.

Topics that the MSc/PhD student will be able to work on include:
– Exploring the diversity of planetary atmospheres on super-Earths using Hubble Space Telescope transit spectroscopy.
– Probing the formation of giants planets using high-resolution near-infrared spectroscopy from Keck telescopes.
– Exploring and understanding the exotic nature of clouds on exoplanets.
– Discovery and initial characterization of prime targets for future JWST characterization using K2, TESS, and ground-based follow-up.

Applicants must have an undergraduate or a Master degree in physics. Interested applicants can contact Professor Benneke directly at bbenneke@astro.umontreal.ca before 2017 February 15th. For more information on Professor Benneke’s work, please also see his webpage: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/?page_id=4476&lang=en or contact him.

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) consists of a growing team of about 40 people (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students) from UdeM and McGill all working on various research programs focused on the study of exoplanets and related fields of stellar astrophysics. Members of iREx are actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, notably the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Gemini Planet Imager and the infrared spectrographs SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on iREx research projects here: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/?page_id=1230&lang=en. Working languages at iREx are French and English. Université de Montréal is a French institution. Support will be offered to students to learn French if necessary.

For more information on iREx, contact Marie-Eve Naud, iREx scientific coordinator: naud@astro.umontreal.ca.
For more information on UdeM application process contact Sophie Tremblay, Technicienne en gestion des dossiers étudiants des cycles supérieurs: sophie.tremblay.2@umontreal.ca and/or see the webpages