Optical-Infrared Review Committee (OIR).

Over the past few months, the CASCA Board has established the OIR committee with the primary objective of conducting a comprehensive review of the optical-infrared ground-based landscape accessible to Canadians, both presently and potentially in the future. The committee’s mandate encompasses the assessment of various factors such as scientific viability, technical readiness, scheduling considerations, and the alignment with community needs and desires. It is important to note that the review of Canada’s involvement in the TMT project will not be within the scope of this committee.

We are delighted to announce that the OIR committee will be co-chaired by Doug Welch from McMaster University and Ivana Damjanov from Saint Mary’s University, who have graciously accepted the role of co-chairs. We are confident that their expertise and leadership will greatly contribute to the committee’s success. The remaining members of the committee will be announced shortly, and their collective knowledge and experience will further enrich the review process.

The committee aims to provide its recommendations by June 30, 2024, in the form of a comprehensive report that will be made available to the public. This report will serve as a valuable resource for the CASCA community, providing insights and guidance for the future of optical-infrared ground-based astronomy in Canada.

Lastly, we would like to share the terms of references that have been adopted by the committee (see below). These terms of reference outline the scope and objectives of the review process, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the committee’s work.

Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to the fruitful outcomes of the OIR committee’s work.

Best regards,
Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, on behalf of the CASCA Board


Terms of Reference

Context

CASCA has formed the Optical-Infrared Review (OIR) Committee to assess and address the needs of Canadian researchers in light of developments since the Long Range Plan (LRP) 2020.

Significant developments since the LRP recommendations have become public include:

  1. The successful launch, commissioning, and science operations of the James Webb Space Telescope.
  2. The near-term science operations of the Rubin Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (estimated Jan. 2025), the launch of Euclid (estimated launch July 2023), and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (estimated launch 2026/7).
  3. A moratorium on new leases for observatories has been established in 2022 as the management of Maunakea transitions from the University of Hawai’i to the Maunakea Stewardship and Oversight Authority over the five-year period beginning on 1 July 2023 (Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer after the National Strategic Planning Reviews). This impacts the original timeline for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (CFHT/MSE) that included an estimated start of science operations in 2030. The start of the construction phase for MSE on Maunakea would depend on the decision about the CFHT’s site lease renewal at the end of this decade. In the case of a positive outcome, MSE science operations will not commence before the late 2030’s or early 2040’s. By then, the other wide-field multi-object spectrographs already under construction will likely have been taking data for a decade:
    – Subaru/PFS (Prime Focus Spectrograph)
    – VLT/MOONS (Multi-Object Optical and Near-IR Spectrograph)
    – VISTA/4MOST (4-metre Multi-Object Spectrograph Telescope)
    – Mayall/DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument)
    The construction of MSE, regardless of when it is built, will result in a gap of science operations at the site of approximately eight years.
  4. The (US) National Science Foundation (NSF) is conducting an environmental review of the Maunakea site in preparation for its potential future investment in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) as part of the US Extremely Large Telescope Program. The NSF will not make a funding decision until a range of viewpoints and all aspects of the project are considered (UPDATES | March 23, 2023). The final decision was initially expected by the end of 2024 but has now been delayed and will also be influenced by the capacity of the NSF budget available at that time.
  5. As a partner in the Gemini International Observatory, Canada must make a decision for the upcoming Gemini Assessment Point, due in 2024.

Task

The OIR Committee is charged with providing an assessment of optical and infrared facility resources both currently/imminently available to, or needed by, its researchers. This assessment will weigh the feasibility and capacity of the Canadian research community to engage and support the appropriate suite of facilities and will emphasize:

  1. The needs of Canadian early-career OIR faculty/staff researchers (and other such Canadian researchers needing access to OIR facilities) over the period 2025-2035;
  2. In this assessment, the recommendations from the LRP 2020 will provide the baseline community consensus from that time and those recommendations will be reviewed with respect to developments in the intervening time;
  3. The OIR review will be a similar mid-LRP cycle assessment much as the GAC was for VLOTs;
  4. The community’s needs with respect to 4m-class facilities, recognizing Canada’s existing partnership in the CFHT but also the conclusion of current Large Programs during the period under consideration. Long Range Plan recommendation #22 specifically recognizes that the CFHT situation may need to be re-assessed during this interval and this committee is in a position to provide such an assessment and recommend possible scenarios for 4m-class facility access going forward;
  5. The community’s needs with respect to 8m-class facilities, recognizing Canada’s partnership in the International Gemini Observatory and its existing instrumentation and those instruments that will become available in the near future. The committee will provide input relevant to the Gemini Assessment Point decision due in 2024 and to take effect in late 2027; and
  6. Canada remains a committed partner of the TMT International Observatory. VLOT facility plans and commitments are not directly part of this assessment but it is recognized that among possible recommendations by this committee to serve non-VLOT needs, some may provide possible VLOT access.

The Committee will comprise both senior and early career researchers and will have non-voting stakeholders and subject matter expertise from relevant stakeholders, including NRC and ACURA. It will also include at least one senior expert member from outside Canada.

Scope

The Committee will consult broadly with the Canadian community and will also be informed by:

  1. The research plans and aspirations of current early-career researchers, including both observers and instrumentalists;
  2. Data on OIR facility demand and archive use;
  3. Current and projected budget allocations, operations costs and joining fees (where applicable);
  4. Data on the role of OIR facilities and archive use in recent publications. Here, the international picture of which OIR facilities are providing significant impact will be sought;

The Committee will endeavor to provide its recommendations by June 30, 2024. The report will be made public.

Footnote Throughout “OIR facility/facilities” refers both to the resources currently available to the Canadian astronomical community and to other facilities (currently in operation or coming online shortly) that may be of interest to Canadian astronomers.

Shared Postdoctoral Position in Precision Radial Velocity Studies of Exoplanets (McMaster & Grenoble)

The exoplanetary research groups at McMaster University and l’Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) invite applications for a shared, full-time postdoctoral position in the field of precise radial velocity (RV) studies of exoplanets. The successful applicant will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Ryan Cloutier (McMaster) and Dr. Xavier Bonfils (UGA).

The successful applicant will join the NIRPS (https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/lasilla/36/nirps/) GTO science team and enjoy access to data from its ongoing GTO program. NIRPS is a precise near-IR RV spectrograph that was recently commissioned on the ESO 3.6m telescope in Chile and is operating alongside the HARPS optical spectrograph. Work hours will be split between focused (80%) and independent research programs (20%) with the former focusing on NIRPS+HARPS data analysis to characterize the global architectures of M dwarf exoplanetary systems. We particularly invite applicants whose scientific backgrounds include leveraging observations to discover and characterize exoplanetary systems.

The duration of the appointment is 36 months with the first 18 months to be spent at McMaster before transferring to UGA for the remainder of the appointment. Master University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and UGA in Grenoble, France. Considerations for a term extension are conditional on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. The start date of the position is negotiable but must begin before December 31, 2023

Interested candidates should submit an application (single PDF file format) that includes (1) a cover letter, (2) a 3-page statement of research interests, including interests that pertain to NIRPS’s scientific capabilities (figures and references included), (3) an up-to-date CV, and (4) names and contact details for three consenting reference letter writers who may be contacted.

Application materials should be submitted by email to ryan.cloutier@mcmaster.ca. The position will remain open until filled but evaluations of applications will begin on August 1, 2023.

McMaster University and UGA are strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. Both universities seek qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from underrepresented minorities including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, members of other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

At McMaster University, this position will be part of a Collective Agreement for Postdoctoral Fellows, CUPE 3906, Unit #3. This position carries a competitive salary and standard benefits package at both universities, including medical benefits.

Useful links
McMaster Astrophysics Group
Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) 

Shared Postdoctoral Position in Precision Radial Velocity Studies of Exoplanets (McMaster & Grenoble)

The exoplanetary research groups at McMaster University and l’Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) invite applications for a shared, full-time postdoctoral position in the field of precise radial velocity (RV) studies of exoplanets. The successful applicant will work under the joint supervision of Dr. Ryan Cloutier (McMaster) and Dr. Xavier Bonfils (UGA).

The successful applicant will join the NIRPS (https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/lasilla/36/nirps/) GTO science team and enjoy access to data from its ongoing GTO program. NIRPS is a precise near-IR RV spectrograph that was recently commissioned on the ESO 3.6m telescope in Chile and is operating alongside the HARPS optical spectrograph. Work hours will be split between focused (80%) and independent research programs (20%) with the former focusing on NIRPS+HARPS data analysis to characterize the global architectures of M dwarf exoplanetary systems. We particularly invite applicants whose scientific backgrounds include leveraging observations to discover and characterize exoplanetary systems.

The duration of the appointment is 36 months with the first 18 months to be spent at McMaster before transferring to UGA for the remainder of the appointment. Master University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and UGA in Grenoble, France. Considerations for a term extension are conditional on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. The start date of the position is negotiable but must begin before December 31, 2023.

Interested candidates should submit an application (single PDF file format) that includes:

  1. a cover letter
  2. a 3-page statement of research interests, including interests that pertain to NIRPS’s scientific capabilities (figures and references included)
  3. an up-to-date CV
  4. names and contact details for three consenting reference letter writers who may be contacted

Application materials should be submitted by email to ryan.cloutier@mcmaster.ca. The position will remain open until filled but evaluations of applications will begin on August 1, 2023.

McMaster University and UGA are strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. Both universities seek qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from underrepresented minorities including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, members of other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

At McMaster University, this position will be part of a Collective Agreement for Postdoctoral Fellows, CUPE 3906, Unit #3. This position carries a competitive salary and standard benefits package at both universities, including medical benefits.

Useful links


Ryan Cloutier, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy | McMaster University

Pronouns: He/Him/His
A.N. Bourns Science Building | 1280 Main St W | Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8
Office: ABB 318
https://physics.mcmaster.ca/~cloutr1/
ZOOM meeting room

The scientific landscape for Extremely Large Telescopes in light of JWST. Part I. Americas

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the conference “The scientific landscape for Extremely Large Telescopes in light of JWST. Part I. Americas”, will take place on December 11-15 2023, on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles CA. A description of the scope and rationale for the conference can be found below. Please save the dates. More details will be circulated soon. Registration will open August 10, 2023.

Website: https://noirlab.edu/science/events/websites/eltsjwst

Title of the conference: “The scientific landscape for Extremely Large Telescopes in light of JWST. Part I. Americas”

Date: December 11-15, 2023

Place: University of California Los Angeles

Rationale / motivation: The Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) will be the premier ground-based optical-infrared facilities from the 2030s onward. These telescopes will provide diffraction-limited spatial resolution, unrivaled from the ground or space, as well as sensitivity commensurate with their large apertures. The experience of Hubble and Spitzer coupled with ground based 8-10m telescopes demonstrate the power of combining these observatories to carry out unprecedented, complementary, and even unexpected science. In just over one year JWST has enabled breakthroughs in virtually all areas of astrophysics, by virtue of its wavelength coverage, sensitivity, and angular resolution. The upcoming Extremely Large Telescopes will be the ideal complement and successors to JWST. The goal of this series of conferences is to review and highlight recent JWST discoveries and study their implications for the science and science operations of ELTs and planning of their instrumentation and user services. The conferences will cover all areas of astronomy and are open to observers, instrument builders, and theorists. In order to maximize participation and minimize travel time and carbon footprint, the series of conferences will consist of three coordinated events. The first one will be held in Los Angeles. The second and third ones will be held in Europe and Asia.

Main topics: fundamental physics and cosmology, high redshift galaxies, galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium, supermassive black holes, the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, stars, time domain, exoplanets, solar system, instrumentation.

SOC members: Brendan Bowler, Martha Boyer, Jenny Greene, Narae Hwang, Susan Kassin, Raffaella Margutti, Karen Meech, Stanimir Metchev, Eric Peng (co-chair), Daniel Stark, Masaomi Tanaka, Tommaso Treu (co-chair), Katherine Whitaker

LOC members: Tommaso Treu (UCLA, chair), Eric Peng (NOIRLab), Laura Quattropani (UCLA), Sofia Rojas (UCLA), André-Nicolas Chené (NOIRLab)

Invited speakers: to be announced soon

Important dates such as registration deadline, abstract deadline, etc.

Registration Open: August 10
Abstract submission deadline: October 1
Late registration opens: October 2
Talk selection announced: October 10
Late registration closes: November 30

Invitation to Register – Community Discussion: Canadian Access to Very Large Optical Telescopes this Decade and Beyond

September 1st – 12:30 to 14:00 (Eastern time)

As part of the Canadian Astronomical Instrumentation Workshop (CAIW), jointly organized by iREx/OMM and NRC-HAA, a 90-min community discussion will be held on the topic of “Canadian Access to Very Large Optical Telescopes (VLOTs)“. As the construction timelines for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and the European-Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) become increasingly unaligned, the objective of this event is to create space for community voices on 1) strategies to gain access to a large telescopes before the TMT becomes operational and 2) ongoing issues surrounding TMT’s deployment on Maunakea. While the event is intended to focus on open discussion rather than formal presentations, brief updates on the statuses of both the TMT and E-ELT will be presented at the start of the session.

This event will take place in-person at l’Université de Montréal’s Campus MIL (Pavillion A – Rm. 2521.1) on September 1st from 12:30 – 14:00 (Eastern time). For those interested in attending in person, please register for the CAIW by August 15th. Registration is free and you can only register for the second day. Lunch will be provided for registrants:

https://exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/en/canadian-astronomical-instrumentation-workshop/

Members of the Canadian astronomical community interested in attending this discussion remotely can register for the event at the following Zoom link:

https://umontreal.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqc-CopzwuHNQ0Tfx7yhQGj0EH2GbIfmQz

Organizers of the event invite all Canadian astronomers to attend, with a particular emphasis on early career scientists and future users of VLOTs (i.e. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and similar). Incorporating the perspectives of early career researchers in discussions surrounding the next-generation of ground-based astronomical observatories is absolutely crucial for fostering meaningful dialogue that is comprehensive and relevant. Moreover, it ensures that these upcoming observatories will be equipped to push the boundaries of astronomical exploration and address the evolving needs of future scientific endeavours, while nurturing the growth of the next generation of astronomers.

Heidi White (on behalf of the CAIW LOC)

Mālama Maui

We at CFHT are devastated by the tragic events that took place on Maui. Hawai’i is a small, close-knit state and a disaster on one island ripples through the community. CFHT staff have ‘ohana, friends, and collaborators living on Maui who are personally affected by the fires that ravaged West Maui and Kula. We mourn the loss of so many in Lāhainā and express our solidarity with the Maui community.

We are deeply committed to helping Maui residents however we can. We encourage our astronomy community who are able to contribute to the much-needed aid through the sites indicated at this link: https://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/en/news/Lahaina/ Anything helps.

Mahalo,
Jean-Gabriel Cuby
director, CFHT

Community Discussion: Canadian Access to Very Large Optical Telescopes this Decade and Beyond

On behalf of Heidi White (on behalf of the CAIW LOC) –

Dear members –

We are truly grateful for the overwhelming response and enthusiasm that you have shown towards our previously advertised Sept 1 discussion on « Canadian Access to Very Large Optical Telescopes this Decade and Beyond », intended as part of the Canadian Astronomical Instrumentation Workshop (CAIW). Your interest and engagement have been heartening, and we appreciate the active participation from our community members.

It has come to our attention that several of our interested community members (including key CASCA committee representatives) have indicated that they will not be able to attend the meeting due to prior commitments or being away during this period. Others have expressed that the single, 90-minute forum is likely inadequate for this important discussion and the community would be better served by a series of meetings. In light of these responses, the CAIW SOC/LOC has made the decision to postpone this discussion to a later date. We recognize that scheduling such large events during the summer months can be quite challenging, and we want to ensure that everyone can participate and contribute to this important conversation.

Please note that all other components of the CAIW will take place as scheduled.

We believe that this adjustment will allow a greater number of community members to join the discussion, ensuring a more comprehensive and enriching experience for all. We hope community leaders will work together to create opportunities for these conversations to begin taking place in Fall 2023.

Once again, thank you for your support and enthusiasm. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause and truly appreciate your understanding.

We value your continued involvement and collaboration in shaping this discussion and look forward to reconvening for productive and insightful meetings this Autumn.

CITA Associate Professor

The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), a national centre hosted in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Cosmology. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024.

Candidates must have earned a PhD degree in Theoretical Astrophysics or a related area, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance existing strengths in the Institute with a focus on cosmology and/or the early universe. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments (including the supervision of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students), and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below), as well as strong letters of reference.

The successful candidate will have a record demonstrating scientific leadership, creativity and technical depth throughout their career, as evidenced in their application materials.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CITA is the only national astrophysics theory institute in the world. CITA’s mission is to expand the frontiers of knowledge in all domains of astrophysics. CITA faculty help train the next generation of scholars at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral stage in Canada and abroad to attain the highest level of rigour and creativity. CITA is also actively engaged with multiple observational experiments aimed at testing theoretical ideas including (but not limited to) CCAT-p, CHIME/CHORD, CMB-S4, SDSS-V,  Spec-S5, and LIGO.

The present complement of research staff in CITA includes 7 faculty and over 25 research fellows and a national network of faculty, postdocs, and students across Canada. The unique research environment at CITA is enhanced by close ties to the 23 faculty, 15 postdocs, and graduate students in the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department of Physics and the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Gravity and the Extreme Universe Program within the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching.  As a public University, the UofT further offers the excitement of working with a highly diverse student population and actively encourages innovative scholarship at all levels. The Greater Toronto Area offers exceptional cultural and demographic diversity and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

For more information about CITA, please visit https://www.cita.utoronto.ca.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit:

1.    a cover letter;
2.    a current curriculum vitae;
3.    a research statement outlining current and future research interests;
4.    one to three publications of which the candidate is particularly proud; and
5.    a teaching dossier which includes a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three referees. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted. Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit recent letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. All enquiries about this position should be sent to facultysearch@cita.utoronto.ca using the subject line “Faculty Search”.

All application materials, including recent reference letters, must be received by October 31, 2023.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY:
https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-Associate-Professor-Cosmology-ON/573430917/

CITA Postdoctoral Fellowships

CITA is a national centre for theoretical astrophysics, gravity and cosmology located at the University of Toronto. The Institute expects to offer several postdoctoral fellowships of three years. The starting date will be September 2024. Funds will be available for travel and other research expenses. A PhD 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: astrophysical dynamics, early universe, physical cosmology, interstellar and intergalactic matter, plasma physics and compact objects, galaxy, star, black hole and planet formation, stellar physics, high energy astrophysics and gravitational waves.

Applicants will be automatically considered for research associate positions of three to five years duration.

Please apply online at: https://icat.cita.utoronto.ca/pdf

Full job ad: http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/opportunities/post-docs

We only accept electronic submissions. 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 6, 2023.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

To ensure your inclusion throughout the application and hiring process, please contact office@cita.utoronto.ca

CITA National Fellowships

CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR THEORETICAL ASTROPHYSICS (CITA)

CITA NATIONAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

CITA is a national centre for theoretical astrophysics located at the University of Toronto. As part of its mandate to promote research throughout Canada, the Institute 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.

If you are interested in a CITA National Fellowship, please contact any of the following faculty by email or check department websites for further research projects and details. Apply through the CITA application website and check off the Fellowships you are interested in applying to. You will be required to submit a CV, research statement and arrange for three letters of recommendation.

Please apply online at: https://icat.cita.utoronto.ca/pdf

The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is November 6, 2023 for fellowships to start in September 2024.

Please visit CITA’s website at www.cita.utoronto.ca and click on “Opportunities” for more information.

Bishop’s University
Lorne Nelson     lnelson@ubishops.ca

Ciela Institute at the University of Montreal
Yashar Hezaveh     hezaveh@astro.umontreal.ca

Dalhousie University
Alan Coley     acoley@dal.ca

McGill University
For specific inquiries regarding research groups at McGill, please contact the relevant faculty member. For generic inquiries regarding holding the fellowship at McGill, please contact Prof. Adrian Liu, TSI Fellowships Committee Chair.

Adrian Liu                             adrian.liu2@mcgill.ca
Eve J Lee                             eve.lee@mcgill.ca
H. Cynthia Chiang                hsin.chiang@mcgill.ca
Jonathan Le Roy Sievers     jonathan.sievers@mcgill.ca
Katelin Schutz                      katelin.schutz@mcgill.ca
Nicolas B. Cowan                 nicolas.cowan@mcgill.ca
Victoria Kaspi                       victoria.kaspi@mcgill.ca

McMaster University
Sergey Sibiryakov     sibiryas@mcmaster.ca

Saint Mary’s University
Marcin Sawicki     marcin.sawicki@smu.ca

Simon Fraser University
Levon Pogosian     levon_pogosian@sfu.ca

The University of British Columbia
Allison Man       aman@phas.ubc.ca
Mark Halpern     halpern@physics.ubc.ca

The University of Manitoba
Samar Safi-Harb     samar.safi-harb@umanitoba.ca

Université de Montréal
Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo     j.larrondo@umontreal.ca

University of Victoria
Sara Ellison     sarae@uvic.ca

University of Waterloo Centre For Astrophysics
Mike Hudson            mike.hudson@uwaterloo.ca
Niayesh Afshordi     nafshordi@uwaterloo.ca
Will Percival            will.percival@uwaterloo.ca

Western University
Shantanu Basu     basu@uwo.ca