Head of Science Operations at Gemini-South (Deadline: open until position is filled)

Gemini Observatory announces an opening for the position of Head of Science Operations at Gemini South, in La Serena, Chile. This is a full-time, regular position, available immediately. The start date is negotiable, however a start date before February 2014 is highly desirable.
The Head of Science operations is responsible for delivery of science operations for users of Gemini South, and manages the Science Operations group at the site. The Science Operations group performs the core duties which comprise science operations at Gemini. These include the following: supporting the time allocation process carried out by the international partners and the ITAC; maintaining the telescope schedule, supporting the National Gemini Offices in their work with Principal Investigators on observation preparation; carrying out queue observing and supporting classical observing, providing scientific support for instrumentation, maintaining user information on the Gemini web pages, and conducting astronomical research. Within the science operations group there are the research staff: scientists, astronomers and Science Fellows with support duties; the non-research Science Operations Specialists group (whose duties are detailed elsewhere); and the Data Processing Development group. The Head of Science Operations, of which there is one at each site, is a research astronomer, responsible for oversight and direction of all of these activities, either directly or via intermediate managers; identifies and implements organizational improvements; and performs staff management and scheduling for most members of the group. The Head of Science Operations is also involved in strategic planning at the Observatory level, in reporting to various governance bodies. They carry out a program of personal research in an agreed fraction of their total time.
Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline. Significant optical and/or infrared observational, data analysis and/or instrumentation experience is highly desirable, as well as a desire to facilitate scientific research for others. Candidates must have strong understanding of observatory operations in all aspects: instrumentation, data collection and analysis, PI needs and support. Must be familiar with observatory systems and instruments, including computer systems, software tools, communication systems. Must possess leadership, organizational and communication skills and be able to manage a multidisciplinary group. Must be fluent in English. The post requires a significantly above-average level of personal initiative. Requires outstanding judgment and ability to communicate firmly when issues of safety of personnel or the telescope are apparent. Must possess the ability to work productively in a multinational team. Previous experience of staff management would be an advantage.

Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; and be able to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be able to work nights at the altitude of the Cerro Pachon summit, 2700 m.
Send a cover letter relating your experience and education to the requirements of the position, your resume, and a research statement. The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided. All documents are required in order to be considered for the position.

URL: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#175

Postdoctoral Research Position in Observational Astrophysics, Universite de Montreal (Deadline January 31, 2014)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the Extragalactic Research Group at the Université de Montréal, to work with Professor Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo.

The successful candidate will work on topics broadly related to black hole feedback in massive galaxies, groups and clusters, as well as the physics of compact objects. He or she will have access to data taken with the new JVLA, the GMRT, Chandra and XMM-Newton.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or a related field. Experience with radio observations is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will receive mentoring and networking opportunities that include advising undergraduates, traveling to conferences and to visit collaborators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of New Mexico. The Université de Montréal is also part of the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ), a partnership between the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval and McGill University. The successful candidate will have access to these resources.

Applicants should e-mail a single PDF to juliehl@astro.umontreal.ca by January 31, 2014 containing:
1. A cover letter explaining his or her interest and qualifications for the position (1 page).
2. A brief statement of past research and future aims (2 pages or less).
3. A CV, including a publications list.
Please also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be e-mailed to juliehl@astro.umontreal.ca by January 31, 2014.

The starting date is Fall 2014, with an earlier start possible. The appointment is for two years, with a third year contingent on performance and funding.

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Deadline January 6, 2014)

Name: Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Email address: admin@dunlap.utoronto.ca
Affiliation: University of Toronto

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

Email Submission Address: fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca
Attention To: Prof. Peter G. Martin, Interim Director
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

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

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: January 6, 2014

Related URLs
University of Toronto: www.utoronto.ca
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics: www.dunlap.utoronto.ca
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics: www.astro.utoronto.ca
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics: www.cita.utoronto.ca
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The University of Toronto invites applications for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This growing unit has a focus on initiating and embracing innovative instrumentation and observational campaigns across the electromagnetic spectrum. Dunlap Fellows are expected to drive original research independently or in collaboration with others at the University. They have access to design and fabrication facilities and can propose for additional support of their experimental plans. Dunlap Fellows are encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach and education initiatives. Training and mentoring in this area are available. The range of activities and opportunities in research and in outreach and education can be seen in the annual reports on the institute’s web site. Exceptional candidates in instrumental, observational, or experimentally related theoretical areas are encouraged to apply.

The appointment is initially for two years, with an expectation of renewal for a third on satisfactory performance. The fellowship includes a competitive annual stipend and benefits with funds for research, travel expenses, relocation, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute. The expected starting date is September 1, 2014. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and statement of research interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the above address by January 6, 2014. Further information about the University of Toronto can be obtained through the above URLs.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Numerical Simulations (Deadline January 1, 2014)

SARChI Postdoctoral Fellow in Numerical Simulations
University of Cape Town

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town is hosting a postdoctoral position in the area of Numerical Simulations, associated with the South African Research Chair in Extragalactic Multi-wavelength Astronomy (chair holder: Prof Claude Carignan). South Africa is constructing MeerKAT, a 64-dish radio interferometer serving as an SKA precursor (http://www.ska.ac.za) that should be completed in 2016. The construction of SKA-mid, phase 1, that will add 190 more dishes, should start around 2018. The candidate is expected to pursue three paths of research.

First, the candidate is expected to produce high-resolution simulations of barred galaxies, in support of a PhD project that started in September 2013 (PhD student at UCT: Toky Randriamampandry). The aim is to produce simulations of barred galaxies to fully model the effect of the bar on the HI-derived rotation curves. We will also test decomposition methods based on harmonic expansions of the velocity field (Maciejewski et al., 2012, MNRAS, 427, 3427 / Krajnovic et al., 2006, MNRAS, 366, 787), as well as the specially written software package DISKFIT (Spekkens & Sellwood 2007), in order to find the best way to recover the mass distribution of barred systems.

A second part of the work will be to prepare the SKA arrival, by building mock HI observations from simulations using a radiative transfer code, to emphasize the SKA ability to draw a global cosmological evolution scenario through dynamical analysis and make observational predictions of physical processes only perceptible with the SKA resolution and sensitivity. This part will require the development of software able to simulate the SKA telescope, in conjunction with a radiative transfer code. Finally, the candidate is expected to spend the last third of his time on his own research projects.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate interested in joining the steadily growing UCT astronomy department, which has 12 postdoctoral fellows. We expect that the tools to be used to perform the numerical simulations will be the Adaptive Mesh Refinement code RAMSES, as well as the Smooth Particles Hydrodynamics code GADGET3. These two codes are heavily parallel, so require access to the South African Centre for High Performance Computing (http://www.chpc.ac.za).

Candidates will be asked to help out with light departmental duties (e.g. seminars), with postgraduate students’ supervision and with some outreach activities. The appointment is for two years, with possibilities of extension for an extra year, subject to sufficient progress. A PhD in astronomy and experience with astronomical numerical simulations is required. The salary is tax-free and at the top of the postdoc scale. Equipment and travel funding are available. Interested candidates should send a CV, bibliography, brief summary of research, outline of future plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by January 1st, 2014. Applications will start to be considered from that date until the position is filled. Ideally, the position would start on July 1st 2014. Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to: ccarignan@ast.uct.ac.za Cape Town itself is a stunningly scenic and fully modern city with nearby beaches, mountains, exo!
tic wildlife, wine country, and is the safest city in South Africa.

“This position is based upon research supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.”

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Theoretical Particle Physics/Cosmology (Deadline December 10, 2013)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Theoretical Particle Physics/Cosmology at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, to commence July 1, 2014. The successful CRC applicant should be an excellent and emerging world-­‐class researcher who demonstrates the potential to play a leadership role and achieve international recognition in his/her field, and is expected to propose an original and innovative research program in theoretical particle physics and/or cosmology and have the potential to attract excellent trainees.

The ideal candidate has a broad research program encompassing both theoretical particle physics (e.g. string or particle phenomenology) and cosmology (e.g. early universe, dark matter, dark energy, structure formation). The candidate’s research should complement York’s existing theoretical research in early universe cosmology, quantum chromodynamics, and beyond-­‐the-­‐standard-­‐model physics. It should also have connections to York-­‐based research in experimental particle physics (e.g. ATLAS, T2K, ALPHA, or LArTPC) or observational astrophysics (e.g. optical, IR, radio, SDSS, or CMB).

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a strong, externally-­‐funded research program and to contribute to physics and astronomy education and excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Physics along with suitable postdoctoral experience, and must be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University. The candidate will be required to work with the Department and the Office of the Vice-­‐President Research and Innovation to prepare the formal CRC nomination. The Chair is subject to approval by the CRC program review process. Eligibility criteria and CRC program information can be found at http://www.chairs-­‐chaires.gc.ca.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University has strong research groups in both astronomy and high-­‐energy physics; further information can be found at www.physics.yorku.ca. York University faculty regularly engage and collaborate with researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.

All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at http://www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-­‐736-­‐5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

To guarantee full consideration, candidates should apply through Academic Jobs Online at
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3266
by December 10, 2013. Please submit a curriculum vitae, a summary of seminal research contributions, an outline of research plans and arrange for three referees to up-­‐load their letters through Academic Jobs Online.

Assistant Professor – Astronomy and Astrophysics – University of Toronto (Deadline: November 15, 2013)

Assistant Professor – Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2014.

We seek candidates in all areas in Astronomy and Astrophysics, with a preference for candidates in, or with strong ties to, observational astronomy. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D degree in astronomy and astrophysics or related fields. The successful applicant will have an outstanding research record, augment the present research strength of DAA, and have a demonstrated capacity for excellence in teaching and research.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

University of Toronto astronomers enjoy access to national facilities, including ALMA, CFHT, and the Gemini Observatory. They are active in the BLASTpol and SPIDER balloon borne telescopes, the BRITE and MOST satellites, the CHIME project, 10-m class telescope instrumentation, as well as planning and instrument development for the Thirty-Meter Telescope, in which Canada is a consortium partner.

DAA has strong ties with and physical proximity to the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), which are hosted by the University of Toronto.  The University of Toronto (www.utoronto.ca) offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), and a statement outlining current and future research interests of no longer than five pages.  If you have questions about this position, please contact chair@astro.utoronto.ca.  All application materials should be submitted online.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to astrochair@astro.utoronto.ca by the closing date, November 15, 2013.

For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit http://www.astro.utoronto.ca .

To Apply Online please click:https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1301366

CITA Postdoctoral Fellowships (Deadline November 15, 2013)

Postdoctoral research fellowships beginning September 1, 2014 are being offered at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. A Ph.D. in any field of theoretical astrophysics is required. Fellows are expected to carry out original research in theoretical astrophysics under the general supervision of the permanent faculty whose interests include: cosmology, interstellar matter, galaxy and planet formation, solar physics, high energy astrophysics, numerical relativity and gravitational waves.

We only accept electronic submissions. Visit the CITA website at: www.cita.utoronto.ca for application instructions. Applicants will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and arrange for three letters of recommendation. The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is November 15, 2013.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITIONS

CITA expects to offer one or more Research Associate positions of three to five years duration. The start date will be September 1, 2014. Applicants should have an excellent research record in astrophysics and postdoctoral experience. Funds will be available for travel and other research expenses. The primary duty is to carry out original research in theoretical astrophysics, but Research Associates are also expected to work with postdoctoral fellows and to assist with the administration of the Institute. All applicants for these positions are also considered automatically for postdoctoral fellowships.

We only accept electronic submissions. Visit the CITA website at: www.cita.utoronto.ca for application instructions. Applicants will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and arrange for three letters of recommendation. The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is November 15, 2013.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. This is an international search. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

NATIONAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

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

The responsibility for identifying and nominating potential CITA National Fellows who will work at a given university lies with the faculty at that university. Only faculty at Canadian universities may submit nominations. The deadline for these nominations November 15, 2013 for fellowships to start in September 2014. Please check with the nominating institution for their internal deadlines.

If you are interested in applying for National Fellowships at other universities in Canada, please contact any of the following faculty by email or check department websites for further research and application details:

Professor Alan Coley, Dalhousie University (aac@mathstat.dal.ca)
Professor Andrew Cumming, McGill University (cumming@physics.mcgill.ca)
Professor Julio Navarro, University of Victoria (http://www.astro.uvic.ca/~jfn/)
Professor Ethan Vishniac, University of Saskatchewan (ethan.vishniac@usask.ca)
Professor Paul Charbonneau, Université de Montréal (paulchar@ASTRO.UMontreal.CA)
Professor Shantanu Basu, University of Western Ontario (basu@uwo.ca)
Professor Eric Poisson, University of Guelph (epoisson@uoguelph.ca)
Professor Gary Hinshaw, University of British Columbia (http://www.astro.ubc.ca/citafellow.html)
Professor Natasha Ivanova, University of Alberta (www.physics.ualberta.ca/en/Research/AstronomyAndAstrophysics.aspx)
Professor James Wadsley, McMaster University (wadsley@mcmaster.ca)

Professor and Director, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (Deadline October 1, 2013)

The University of Toronto is seeking a Director to lead the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This joint tenured appointment will be at the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (51%) and the Dunlap Institute (49%). The appointment of the successful candidate is expected to take effect July 1, 2014.

The Dunlap Institute is a leading centre for research and outreach whose mission is to develop innovative astronomical instrumentation and advanced observing techniques, and to mount public education and outreach programs. The Institute’s plans include a continuing increase in faculty, postdoctoral, and staff appointments over the next few years. The Institute has strong ties to the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics hosted by the University.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics or related field. The successful candidate will be a distinguished leader, with outstanding academic achievement and established abilities in teaching and research supervision, with experience in building collaborative teams and in relating to a range of external national and international partners, and the energy and imagination to exploit this opportunity. The Director will foster innovation in the Institute’s core academic and research programs, building on the existing strengths in astronomy and astrophysics and working with distinguished faculty to enhance its impact. The successful candidate will promote the development of innovative means for channeling information on astronomy and astrophysics to the general public.

Established in 1827 by royal charter, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada, located in one of the world’s great cities. University of Toronto astronomers enjoy access to many national and international observatories, including ALMA, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Gemini Observatory, and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and are presently active in the exploitation of the Herschel Space Observatory, MOST, and Planck. They are also actively engaged in the development of BIT, BRITE, CHIME, Gemini F2T2, Gemini Planet Imager, JWST, Keck/NIRES and OSIRIS, SDSS IV/MaNGA, the South Pole Telescope, SPIDER, SuperBLASTpol, an Arctic observatory, novel near-infrared spectrographs for large telescopes, as well as planning and instrument development for the Thirty-Meter Telescope, in which Canada is a consortium partner. Major computing capacity is available in the University’s SciNet facility and the Southern Ontario Smart!
Computing Innovation Platform (an IBM Blue Gene/Q system housed at the same Centre), among the most powerful in the world.

The role as Director is for an initial five-year term, renewable once. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in, and commitment to, both research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to have an active, externally funded and internationally recognized research program and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The closing date is October 1, 2013; however the search will remain open until filled. Applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future teaching and research interests, and the names and contact details of three referees (who will not be contacted without the consent of the applicant) should be forwarded, in confidence, to: dunlap.search@utoronto.ca.

Inquiries should be directed to Peter Martin, Interim Director, Dunlap Institute at this e-mail address.

For more information please visit our websites:

•Dunlap Institute – http://dunlap.utoronto.ca
•Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics www.astro.utoronto.ca
•Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics www.cita.utoronto.ca

PhD position: Astrophysics or Space Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden

PhD student positions in Astrophysics or Space Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden. Starting date September 1, 2013 or according to agreement.

The deadline for application is May 15.

Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics – University of Toronto (Deadline Jan. 15, 2013)

Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics – University of Toronto

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto invite applications for a teaching-stream position at the rank of Lecturer, beginning July 1, 2013.

The position is a joint appointment between the DAA (51%) and the rapidly growing Dunlap Institute (49%). The successful candidate will engage in teaching, pedagogical research, and related administrative work in DAA and have primary responsibility for the development and delivery of a broad range of astronomy-based education and outreach activities in the Dunlap Institute. Applicants must have demonstrated excellence in both teaching Astronomy and outreach programs. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics or a related field and at least two years of post-doctoral research experience. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointments at the rank of Lecturer may be renewed annually to a maximum of five years. In the fifth year of service, Lecturers shall be reviewed and a recommendation made with respect to promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer.

DAA and the Dunlap Institute have strong ties with and physical proximity to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), which is hosted by the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto (www.utoronto.ca) offers the opportunity to teach, engage in outreach, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae, a statement of career goal, teaching dossier that outlines the candidate’s teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and curriculum development experience, and a similar dossier on outreach activities. Please direct any additional enquiries about this position to chair@astro.utoronto.ca.

All application materials should be submitted online. The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments in a single PDF file. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply.

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to astrochair@astro.utoronto.ca by the closing date, January 15, 2013.

For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit http://www.astro.utoronto.ca or http://dunlap.utoronto.ca.

To Apply Online please click: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1201458

Alice Chow
Assistant to the Director and Office Administrator
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street, Room 101
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4
Phone: 416.978.3356 Fax: 416.946.7287
Email: di.admin@di.utoronto.ca
http://dunlap.utoronto.ca