SKA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cosmic Magnetism
University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape
The Department of Astronomy of the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape are hosting postdoctoral positions in the area of Cosmic Magnetism, associated with the SKA Research Chair in Observational Radio Astronomy (chair holder: Prof Russ Taylor).
South Africa is constructing MeerKAT, a 64-dish radio interferometer serving as an SKA precursor (http://www.ska.ac.za) that will be completed in 2016. The construction of mid-frequency dish array for SKA phase 1, that will add 190 more dishes, should start around 2018.
The postdoctoral fellows will engage in observational programs in radio polarimetry, simulations, and scientific investigations that pathfind the SKA key science goal of the exploration of the origins and evolution of cosmic magnetic fields. In advance of MeerKAT commissioning and operation, opportunities exist for participation in the GALFACTS project – an all-sky spectro-polarimetric survey being undertaken with the Arecibo ALPHA system, the POSSUM polarization survey with the Australia SKA Pathfinder, and deep broad-band polarization imaging surveys with the JVLA and GMRT.
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate interested in joining the steadily growing UCT and UWC astronomy departments. Applicants should have a Ph.D in astronomy, experience in observational radio astronomy either single dish or aperture synthesis, or a theoretical background in studies of cosmic magnetic fields.
Candidates will be asked to help out with light departmental duties (e.g. seminars), with postgraduate studentsâ€™ supervision and with some outreach activities. The appointment is for two years, with possibilities of extension for an extra year, subject to sufficient progress. 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 February 15, 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 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape Town itself is a stunningly scenic and modern city at the junction of the
Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with vibrant urban culture, nearby beaches, mountains, exotic wildlife, and wine country.
The NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Program (NRC Herzberg) requires a Postdoctoral Research Associate (RA) at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) in Victoria, BC. The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics or a closely related discipline who is highly motivated to contribute to projects led by NRC Herzberg staff members and exploiting facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers.
The successful candidate will:
• Work independently and perform original research in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with the projects that are most relevant to the applicant’s area of expertise; in particular, he/she will help lead the scientific exploitation of projects that utilize the astronomical facilities and infrastructure whose Canadian access is administered by NRC-Herzberg, including:
1. High contrast imaging of exoplanets and debris disks (Principal contact: Christian Marois)
2. Characterization and multi-wavelength observations of Kuiper Belt Objects (Principal contact: JJ Kavelaars)
3. Study of planet or star formation processes (Principal contact: Brenda Matthews)
4. Resolved stellar population analysis of the Galaxy and its nearest neighbours (Principal contact: Alan McConnachie)
5. Scientific exploitation of data taken as part of the Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey (NGVS): (Principal contact: Laura Ferrarese)
• Keep an active engagement with the community to advance NRC Herzberg’s mandate. In particular, NRC Herzberg is a leading developer of instrumentation for ground and space-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT, JWST, SKA, TMT), and is at the forefront of scientific data preservation, distribution and analysis techniques. The CADC, which is home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory, the CANFAR cloud computing network, and data archives including, e.g., CFHT, CGPS, Gemini, HST and JCMT, is also located at NRC Herzberg.
• Share with other RAs the organization of the weekly seminar series which runs Sept.-April
Applicants must have acquired their PhD within the last five years or expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.
Applications should be made by 17 February 2014 via the process described at the URL provided.
Further project information available at : http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/EnglishAll/7A96552CD92CC21785257C2E005980ED
Closing date: 17 February
Please note that this information is available in French on our website at : http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/FrenchAll/7A96552CD92CC21785257C2E005980ED
Le programme Astronomie et astrophysique Herzberg du CNRC (CNRC Herzberg) est à la recherche d’un(e) attaché(e) de recherche postdoctorale pour l’Observatoire fédéral d’astrophysique situé à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique. Le ou la titulaire aura récemment réussi brillamment un doctorat en astrophysique ou dans une discipline connexe et désire ardemment contribuer aux projets menés par les membres du personnel du programme et utiliser les installations administrées par le CNRC pour les astronomes canadiens.
Le ou la candidat(e) retenu(e) devra :
• Travailler de façon autonome et mener de nouvelles recherches en collaboration avec les membres du personnel de CNRC Herzberg associés aux projets en lien avec son domaine d’expertise; plus particulièrement, il ou elle aidera à diriger l’exploitation scientifique de projets qui utilisent les installations et l’infrastructure d’astronomie administrées par le CNRC Herzberg, incluant :
1. Imagerie de contraste élevé d’exoplanètes et de disques de débris (contact principal : Christian Marois)
2. Caractérisation et observations à de multiples longueurs d’onde des objets de la ceinture de Kuiper (contact principal : JJ Kavelaars)
3. Étude des processus de formation des étoiles ou des planètes (contact principal : Brenda Matthews)
4. Analyse de la population stellaire résolue du système satellite de la Voie lactée, du Groupe local et d’autres galaxies à proximité (contact principal : Alan McConnachie)
5. Exploitation scientifique des données recueillies dans le cadre de l’étude de nouvelle génération de l’amas de la Vierge ou NGVS (contact principal : Laura Ferrarese)
• S’engager activement auprès de la collectivité pour faire progresser le mandat de CNRC Herzberg. Plus précisément, CNRC Herzberg est un chef de file en matière de développement d’instrumentation pour les télescopes situés dans l’espace ou sur terre (p. ex. ALMA, TCFH, Gemini, le télescope spatial James Webb, le Square Kilometer Array [SKA], le télescope de trente mètres [TMT]) ainsi qu’en matière de techniques de préservation, de distribution et d’analyse des données scientifiques. Le Centre canadien de données astronomique (CCDA) qui abrite l’Observatoire virtuel canadien, le réseau infonuagique CANFAR et les archives de données comprenant, entre autres, celles du TCFH, du ECPG, de Gemini, du TSH et du télescope JCM, est également situé à CNRC Herzberg;
• Partager avec les autres attaché(e)s de recherche à l’organisation des séminaires hebdomadaires qui ont lieu de septembre à avril.
Les candidat(e)s doivent avoir obtenu leur doctorat en astronomie ou dans une discipline connexe dans les 5 dernières années ou s’attendre à l’obtenir dans les 6 prochains mois.
Les demandes devraient être faites d’ici au 17 février 2014 via le processus décrit à l’adresse Internet fournie.
Plus d’information au sujet du poste est disponible à : http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/FrenchAll/7A96552CD92CC21785257C2E005980ED
Date limite de réception des demandes : 17 février 2014
Veuillez être avisé que cette information est disponible en anglais sur notre site Internet à l’adresse suivante : http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/EnglishAll/7A96552CD92CC21785257C2E005980ED
An international team of astronomers, including Prof. Dae-Sik Moon at the University of Toronto, has measured for the first time the abundance of phosphorus created in a supernova explosion.
The team’s observational results show that phosphorus is 100 times more abundant in the remains left over from a supernova than elsewhere in the galaxy, confirming that massive exploding stars are the crucibles in which the element is created.
Astronomers have measured the abundance of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulphur in supernovae remnants before. But this is the first measurement of the relatively scarce phosphorus.
“These five elements are essential to life and can only be created in massive stars,” says Moon, co-author of the paper being published in the journal Science on December 13, 2013.
“They are scattered throughout our galaxy when the star explodes, and they become part of other stars, planets and ultimately, humans,” says Moon. “This is why Carl Sagan said we are made of ‘starstuff’. Now we have measured how much of this particular element of starstuff is created in supernovae.”
Moon is in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the U of T. Other members of the research team include lead author Bon-Chul Koo, Yong Hyun Lee and Sung-Chul Yoon of Seoul National University in Korea, and John Raymond of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The observations were of the remnant of a supernova believed to have been observed over 300 years ago. Called Cassiopeia A (Cas A), it lies at a distance of about 11,000 light-years.
Astronomers believe the original star was between 15 and 25 times the mass of the Sun. When a star of such mass runs out of the hydrogen that it burns to produce energy, the core of the star goes through a sequence of collapses, synthesizing heavier elements with each collapse.
Moon and his colleagues made their observations using the TripleSpec near-infrared spectrograph on the Palomar 5-metre Hale telescope. The instrument—which Moon co-developed—allowed the team to directly compare the spectral lines of phosphorus and iron and, thus, calculate the abundance ratio of the two.
Carl Sagan knew that this starstuff is the “…the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood.” Now, Moon and his colleagues have directly measured the starstuff that is the phosphorus in our DNA and our bones.
Prof. Dae-Sik Moon
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Toronto
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Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Toronto
The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, continues the legacy of the David Dunlap Observatory: by developing innovative astronomical instrumentation, including for the largest, most advanced telescopes in the world; by training the next generation of astronomers; and by fostering public engagement in science. The research of its faculty and postdoctoral fellows includes the discovery of exoplanets, the formation of stars, galactic nuclei, the evolution and nature of galaxies, the early Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background, and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
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The University of Manitoba invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Science.
Celebrated as Western Canada’s first university, the University of Manitoba is the largest university in Manitoba and the only medical-doctoral institution in the province. As a member of Canada’s U15 group of research universities, its community of approximately 29,000 students, 3,800 academic faculty and staff, and 4,600 non-academic staff contributes $1.8 billion annually to Manitoba’s economy. For more information, visit www.umanitoba.ca.
The Faculty of Science is home to more than 200 faculty and staff, 4082 undergraduate students, and 364 graduate students. This collegial community is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the wide range of disciplines found in this comprehensive, research-intensive Faculty. Dedicated to exemplary teaching and outstanding research, the faculty are highly attuned to the complex issues facing the world of science today, and, in their research activity, push the boundaries of knowledge as they grow and build the Faculty’s reputation for world-class research and science education. For details on the Faculty, and its accolades to date, please visit www.umanitoba.ca/science.
With ambitious plans for the future, the Faculty of Science is seeking, as its next Dean, an individual who will provide visionary leadership, encourage collegiality, and develop strategic relationships which will enable the Faculty to prosper in these changing and challenging times. Exemplifying strong scientific values and a passion for innovation and discovery, the new Dean will champion continuing success. Possessing the ability to promote and support academic excellence and research productivity, candidates must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement, a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, solid administrative experience, and an ability to strategically manage resources toward the fulfillment of a vision for the Faculty as one of the leaders in Canada. The Dean reports to the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost, and is a member of the university’s senior leadership team.
The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Consideration of candidates begins in January 2014. Inquiries or applications, in confidence, should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at email@example.com.
The Physics Department at Mount Allison University invites applications for a tenure-track position, with primary responsibilities for teaching and research in the area of astronomy. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related area, and have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. The successful candidate will teach courses in our undergraduate program in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and general physics. The successful candidate will have a rigorous research program capable of both attracting external funding and involving undergraduate students. Mount Allison University is a highly rated, primarily undergraduate institution with an active and diverse Physics Department. Mount Allison’s on-campus observatory offers opportunities for teaching, outreach, and some niche research. The ability to work in an observatory setting would be an asset. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor and wi!
ll commence on July 1, 2014, subject to budgetary approval.
A complete application package will be submitted to Academic Jobs Online, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3647. The application will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of current and planned research, and statement of teaching interests and philosophy. Evidence of effective teaching is required. The application will include three letters of reference (uploaded directly by the referees themselves). The names and contact information for these three referees will be provided in the letter of application. Applications are due by January 31, 2014.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. David Fleming
Physics Department Head Mount Allison University
62 York St. Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 1E2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.mta.ca/physics/
Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Canadian and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their letter of application.