Canadian Space Agency – Supplements to the NSERC PDF Program 2021 AO

As part of its commitment to support the development of the next generation of space professionals in Canada, the CSA will offer, through its “Supplements to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (PDF) 2021” Announcement of Opportunity (AO), grants to postdoctoral researchers who have been awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship under its Postdoctoral Fellowships Program. Postdoctoral researchers must be involved in a promising research project that is aligned with and that will contribute to the priorities outlined in the Space Strategy for Canada.

Summary of key information:

  • Total funding available (2021): $100,000
  • Number and value of the grants: Up to five (5) supplements in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded.
  • Eligible recipients: Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, be a postdoctoral fellow and conduct a research project under the supervision and mentorship of a more senior researcher in a Canadian academic institution or another appropriate research institution in Canada, be awarded, and have accepted, an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship under the call for proposals 2021 of the NSERC’s PDF Program (see note in Section 3 of the AO).
  • Application deadline: January 7, 2022

The CSA invites postdoctoral researchers interested by this opportunity to apply for a grant supplement through the CSA AO.

You can access the “Supplements to the NSERC PDF Program” AO and obtain information on how to apply by clicking here.

Laurin, Denis (ASC/CSA)

Executive Director, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Director of the  Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Located on Maunakea, Hawai’i,  the 3.6m CFHT has historically been a world leader in wide-field  optical and near infrared imaging and, with the recently commissioned  instruments SPIRou and SITELLE, now also plays important roles in the  search for exoplanets around low-mass stars and the study of emission  line objects in the nearby and distant universe. We are seeking an  innovative and creative leader who, while maximizing the scientific  output of the current instrumentation suite, will usher CFHT into a  new era of scientific discoveries by taking a proactive role in the  advancement of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), endorsed by  the CFHT Partners and Board of Directors as the most scientifically  impactful future redevelopment of the site. The new CFHT Executive  Director will also represent CFHT within the Maunakea Observatories in  all negotiations regarding the renewal of the Maunakea Master Lease  and CFHT sublease.

CFHT has a staff of approximately 50 and operates with a US$8M annual  budget. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of the CFHT  Corporation, a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of  Hawaii. Current members of the Corporation are the National Research  Council of Canada, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of  France, and the University of Hawaii. The Executive Director is  responsible to the Board for managing all aspects of the Corporation,  including the operation of the telescope, the implementation of the  observatory’s scientific and technical program, the appointment of  personnel, the preparation of budgets, the administration of financial  affairs, communications, and the negotiations of international  agreements. The Executive Director is also responsible for pursuing  extramural funding and potential associate partners, as directed by  the Board.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a closely related field,  or equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful  applicant will be committed to promote, within the Observatory, a  diverse, inclusive environment and a sense of belonging, and to foster  a culture of understanding and reconciliation with the native Hawaiian  community.  In addition, the following qualifications are considered  desirable:
●    Strong scientific leadership and an established record of research  achievement;
●    Successful experience in administration and management, including  overseeing the technical and/or scientific enterprise of an  observatory or other astronomy institute;
●    Proven skills in institutional and international relations;
●    Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills, and a  proven record of effective communications with governing bodies,  staff, funding agencies, local community, and the astronomical  community at large;
●    Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams;
●    Successful experience in acting as an ambassador on behalf of their  organization and/or of the community at large;
●    Experience with the development, procurement or deployment of new  instrumentation.

The Executive Director is expected to reside on Hawai’i Island, and to  take office in the CFHT Headquarters located in Waimea (Kamuela). A  competitive salary will be offered and the Corporation provides a  comprehensive benefit package. The starting date for the position is  negotiable, and could be as early as September 2021. The Executive  Director term is five years and can be extended upon review.

Post Offer / Employment conditions: To comply with the requirement to  work occasionally at the observatory’s altitude of 4200 meters, the  applicant must pass a post-offer high altitude medical exam.  Documentation to verify eligibility for employment in the United  States will have to be furnished at the start of work.

How to apply: All applicants must submit their application through our  confidential online portal at https://cfht.applicantpro.com/jobs/ .   The full position description may also be downloaded at that site.   Applications should include a Cover Letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a  statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the names of at  least three references who may be contacted for confidential  evaluations. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021, and  the position will remain open until filled. All applications will be  confidential to the CFHT Board of Directors and Search Committee.   Potential applicants with questions about the position or the search  are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Search Committee at  employment@cfht.hawaii.edu.

CFHT is committed to diversity and inclusion, and is proud to be an  Equal Opportunity Employer.

Teaching Faculty Position: Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

**Please note: all information below may also be found on the Simon Fraser University Website. Here: https://www.sfu.ca/physics/about-us/employment/faculty-positions.html#Posting

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

The Opportunity

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

The Successful Candidate

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

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

How To Apply

To apply, applicants should provide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job ID: 22502

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

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

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

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

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

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

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

For more information and to apply for the position (Job ID# 22502), please visit: https://careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/6496782-assistant-professor-optical-slash-near-infrared-astronomy-department-of-physics-and-astronomy-faculty-of-science

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

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

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

About the University of Calgary

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

About Calgary, Alberta

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

University of Toronto: Postdoctoral Researcher, Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute Collaborative Research Team with CHIME/FRB

The University of Toronto (U of T) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics to join a team of astronomers and statisticians at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at U of T, the Department of Statistical Sciences at U of T, the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at U of T, and the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

The postdoctoral fellow will help develop methods for the analysis and statistical inference of data collected by the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment Fast Radio Burst (CHIME/FRB) project, and will collaborate with researchers at U of T, SFU, and within the CHIME/FRB Collaboration. More details can be found here:

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/c2cb578a

The application deadline is March 15.

National Research Council of Canada: Postdoctoral Fellow, Revealing the chemistry of our cosmic neighbourhood

The NRC Advantage

City: Victoria

Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

Classification: RO

Tenure: Term

Duration: 2-year

Language Requirements: English

For more information (English and French) view the poster at link: Additional Information (English and French)

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

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.

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