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.

Saint Mary’s University: Eight-month Term-limited Faculty Search in Astronomy and Physics Department

The Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University seeks to hire an eight-month term-limited full-time faculty member from 1 September 2021 to 30 April 2022. Appointments are normally at the Assistant Professor level for candidates with a Ph.D. and at the Lecturer level for candidates with an M.Sc. The teaching load is 2.5 FCE (five courses) for those with a Ph.D. and 3.0 FCE (six courses) for those with an M.Sc.

The Department offers undergraduate programs in physics and astrophysics as well as both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in astronomy. Saint Mary’s is committed to excellence in teaching, and the Department seeks candidates with experience and enthusiasm for preparing and teaching core undergraduate courses in both physics and astronomy at the 2nd year undergraduate level and above. More information about the Department can be found at www.ap.smu.ca.

Saint Mary’s is a public university with over 7,000 students, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our university is committed to serving the local, regional, national and international communities, and integrating community engagement as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the University and the Faculty of Science, please see http://science.smu.ca/.

Saint Mary’s University is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 430,000 people. Halifax is a major educational centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. It is conveniently located to recreational areas and to other major urban centres in Canada and the Northeastern United States.

Saint Mary’s University Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Visit our web site at www.smu.ca.


The search committee will begin reviewing applications March 15, 2021. Apply for this opportunity online by visiting www.smu.ca/employment and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the “Apply Now” button. Applications should submit as a single PDF file: A cover letter specifically addressing the applicant’s interest in working at Saint Mary’s University; a CV; a teaching dossier (including a teaching philosophy statement, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness); and the names and contact information of three references. Note that there is a limit of 20 Mbytes per file.Please arrange for the three recommendation letters to be sent directly to search@ap.smu.caAny inquiries may be sent to: search@ap.smu.ca

At Saint Mary’s University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at hr@smu.ca

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:


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)

Research Associate in Radio Software

City: Penticton

Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

Classification: RCO

Tenure: Term

Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension

Language Requirements: English

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

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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.

2021 JWST Postdoctoral Fellowship at iREx

Submission guidelines: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/jwst-postdoctoral-fellowship-2021/?lang=en

Submit by December 15th 2020 for full consideration. Open until filled.

Send inquiries to: nathalie@astro.umontreal.ca

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position to join the NIRISS instrument team for the James Webb Space Telescope in order to contribute to the analysis and publication of NEAT observations (NIRISS Exploration of the Atmospheric diversity of Transiting exoplanets). NEAT is a large 200-hour JWST GTO program led by the NIRISS team and dedicated to the study of the atmosphere of 14 exoplanets using transit, eclipse and phase spectroscopy. More details on the NEAT program are available here.

Candidates should send a CV, a list of publications and a statement of main achievements and research interests (maximum 3 pages) to irex@astro.umontreal.ca. Three letters of recommendation should also be sent to the same address. All documents must be sent by December 15, 2020 for full consideration to be given to the application. However, the position will remain open until a candidate is selected.

A PhD in physics, astronomy or related discipline is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed their PhD within the last 3 years. The position has an expected start date in the Spring or Fall of 2021. The position is for a two-year term, renewable for a third year depending on performance and availability of funds.

The iREx includes an expanding team of about 50 people (professors, researchers and students) mainly from the Université de Montréal and McGill University, all working on various research programs linked to the study of exoplanets and other related fields of stellar astrophysics. iREx researchers are actively involved in various international projects related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, including the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), SPIRou, NIRPS and high dispersion spectroscopy on 8-10m and giant telescopes. In addition, iREx researchers will have access to guaranteed time with JWST, SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on iREx research programs can be found on our website here.


The Université de Montréal promotes diversity in its workforce through its equal access to employment program. It encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.