The ESA Summer of Code in Space Program (Deadline August 4, 2013)

The ESA Summer of Code in Space program (SOCIS; is designed to attract undergraduate and graduate developers to write code to for various space related open source software projects. It offers a sizeable remuneration of 4000 Euros for a coding period of 3 months (mid-August to mid-November). Astropy/specutils has been selected as a mentoring organizations and is now accepting applications (for details please go to; deadline is 4th of August). The Astropy Project is a community effort to develop a single core package for Astronomy in Python and foster interoperability between Python astronomy packages. Our SOCIS mentorship will focus on expanding the astropy-specutils package that is designed to deal with code that focuses on spectral data analysis.

ESA has some eligibility criteria

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) International Top Young Fellowship (Deadline August 31, 2013)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) International Top Young Fellowship (ITYF) was established as a prestigious new fellowship program in 2009. The ITYF is designed to attract outstanding, highly motivated, early-career researchers in any of the space science fields covered by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) to work in Japan for 3 (extendable to 5) years. An excellent remuneration package is offered, including research budget (including travel expense) so that the fellow can extend their international profile, as well as developing collaborations within Japan.

The most recent call for JAXA International Top Young Fellowship applications, for FY2013, has been issued. The application deadline is 31 August 2013. Please see the below link for further details.

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:

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 –
•Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
•Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics