Postdoctoral Position in Observational Astrophysics

Due date: November 30, 2014

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the
High-Energy and 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 new data taken with the
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, the University of New Mexico and the University of

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 “” by
November 30, 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” by November 30, 2014.

The starting date is summer 2015 or fall 2015. The appointment is for a
maximum of two to three years contingent on performance and funding.

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Postdoctoral Position in Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology at the University of Waterloo

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to be hosted by the Astrophysics & Gravitation Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. This position may be held jointly with of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), as a CITA National Postdoctoral Fellow, or jointly with Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The position will be for two years starting Sep. 1 2015 or earlier, with a possible extension for a third year contingent upon performance and funding. We are particularly interested in candidates whose interests overlap those of Profs. Afshordi and Hudson (cosmology, galaxy formation, gravitational lensing, large scale structure, clusters of galaxies, etc.), but excellent candidates in any area of astrophysics or cosmology will be considered and are encouraged to apply.  The University of Waterloo has a strong research program in astrophysics, cosmology, and gravitation and has close ties to Perimeter
Institute for Theoretical Physics.  The successful candidates will have access to the large-scale computing resources available at SHARCNET (, of which the University of Waterloo is a member.  For further information about the Department and the astrophysics group at Waterloo, please see the web links above. Interested candidates should send a CV, publication list, statement of research interests and plans in PDF format to Informal inquires can be made to Niayesh Afshordi ( or Mike Hudson ( In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same e-mail address. All application materials must be received by October 31, 2014.

Assistant Professors in Astronomical Instrumentation or Data-Intensive Astronomy University of Toronto – 1401986

Closing date: December 5, 2014

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) at the University of Toronto invite applications for two tenure-stream appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2015.

Each successful applicant will hold a joint appointment between the DAA (51%) and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (49%).  We seek candidates in astronomical instrumentation or data-intensive astronomy, and also encourage applicants with experience and interest in experimental astrophysics, large database science, and innovative observing techniques. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful applicants will have excellent research records, will have plans to develop the outreach and education activities of the Dunlap Institute, will augment the present research strength of DAA and Dunlap, and will have demonstrated records of excellence in teaching.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

University of Toronto astronomers enjoy access to national and international facilities, including ALMA, CFHT, and the Gemini Observatory. They are active in a large number of international and national projects in experimental astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation. Canada is also a consortium partner in both the Thirty-Meter Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array.  The Dunlap Institute has a strong focus on developing astronomical instrumentation and data-intensive astronomy, has a large prize postdoctoral program (the Dunlap Fellowships) and a pursues a significant public outreach mission. DAA and the Dunlap Institute have strong ties to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and to the newly formed Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS), both of which are also hosted by the University of Toronto.  The University of Toronto ( offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

Candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.  Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests of no longer than 5 pages, and a dossier of teaching and outreach activities (including a statement of teaching/education/outreach philosophies).  If you have questions about this position, please  All application materials should be submitted online.

All application materials should be submitted on-line. Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send confidential letters of assessment directly to the department via e-mail to by the closing date, December 5, 2014.

For more information about the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, please visit or

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.

To Apply Online please click:

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: 15 December 2014

Email Submission Address:
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

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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 pursues ground-breaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to hardware, software, and observations. 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 or computational plans. Dunlap Fellows are strongly 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, outreach, and education can be seen in the annual reports on the institute’s website. Exceptional candidates in instrumentation, software, observations, computation, or experimentally-related theoretical topics are encouraged to apply.

Appointments are initially for two years, with expectation of renewal for a third year subject to satisfactory performance. Dunlap Fellowships include a competitive annual stipend and benefits, with funds for research, travel expenses and relocation, plus the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute. The Dunlap Institute supports a flexible, equitable and diverse workplace: applications from women, minorities and potential two-body hires are especially encouraged.

The approximate expected starting date is 1 September 2015. 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 15 December 2014. Further information about the University of Toronto can be obtained through the above URLs.

Postdoctoral Position in Radio Polarimetry

Deadline to Apply for Job: November 15, 2014Email Submission Address:
Attention To: Alice Chow, Business Officer
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto
50 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in radio polarimetry within the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, located in downtown Toronto. The Dunlap Institute pursues ground breaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to hardware, software and observations. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA).

The successful candidate will work with Dunlap Director Prof Bryan Gaensler on radio polarization and cosmic magnetism. The main areas of focus will be the analysis and interpretation of polarization data from the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the GALFACTS survey at Arecibo. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in related areas. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Gaensler ( for additional information before applying.

Candidates must possess a PhD or equivalent qualification in astronomy/astrophysics, should have demonstrated experience in radio interferometry and its associated analysis software, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Prior expertise in radio polarimetry is desirable but not essential. The initial appointment will be for two years, renewable for a third depending on performance. The nominal starting date for the position is September 2015.

Applicants should provide a cover letter addressing the above selection criteria; a CV and list of publications; a summary of research interests and accomplishments (3 pages maximum); and should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the above email address, all to be received no later than November 15, 2014. Only electronic applications (PDF attachments preferred) will be accepted. The Dunlap Institute is committed to a flexible, equitable and diverse workplace: applications are especially encouraged from women, minorities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

On-Site Construction Begins on the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii; Watch Worldwide by Webcast on October 7

On October 7, 2014, a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will launch a multi-national $1.4 billion project near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Although access to the TMT construction site will be limited due to the area’s sensitive environment and harsh physical conditions, the ceremony will be fully accessible via a live-stream webcast.

George Takei, noted actor, director and author, known for his role in the television series Star Trek, will present pre-recorded science segments during the live webcast. Dr. Robert Hurt, researcher, science podcaster and lecturer, will host the webcast, available at .

Next-Generation Discoveries from a Next-Generation Observatory

“This is an exciting moment as we begin construction of TMT. Its giant mirror, nearly 100 feet across, promises the highest definition views of planets orbiting nearby stars and the first stars and galaxies in the distant universe,” said Edward Stone, Executive Director, TMT International Observatory.

The TMT International Observatory (TIO) is an international partnership with members comprised of the California Institute of Technology, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan, and the University of California. India recently received approval from the Union Cabinet of India to join the TMT project this fall, and Canada is aiming to join as a member in spring 2015.

Initial activities in Hawaii include site preparation and grading, and offsite work has begun in earnest as well. In China, partners are designing the telescope’s fully articulated main science steering mirror system and developing the laser guide star system. Japan has produced over sixty special zero thermal-expansion glass mirror blanks for the main mirror and is designing the telescope structure in detail. Fabricating the mirror support system is ongoing in India. The adaptive optics facility is in final design and the enclosure is ready for construction in Canada. The mirror control system is in final design in California.

“With profound respect for the culture, environment, and values, and thanks to the people of Hawaii, we appreciate the opportunity to build this revolutionary facility for expanding our understanding of the universe,” said TIO Board Chair Henry Yang. “This is a remarkable partnership among institutions in five nations, in cooperation with the University of Hawaii, to achieve a shared, visionary goal. We are grateful for the hard work and outstanding support of so many, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, over the past decade to reach this important and meaningful milestone.”

Traditional Hawaiian Groundbreaking and Blessing Ceremony

Henry Yang, TIO Board Chair and Chancellor of the University of California Santa Barbara, will deliver the October 7 groundbreaking and blessing program’s opening remarks followed by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor William Kenoi. A traditional Hawaiian ceremony will conclude the program.

“TMT has made a commitment to the people of Hawaii to work within a plan created by the Office of Mauna Kea Management for responsible development on Mauna Kea,” said Sandra Dawson, TMT’s Manager of Hawaii Community Affairs. “Respect for the community and Mauna Kea is the cornerstone of our continuing stewardship.”

Webcast Viewing of the Ceremony

The webcast will begin at 11:15 a.m. HST on October 7, 2014. Visit to watch the ceremony live stream, explore event information, connect via social media, and view the multimedia archive of the event afterwards. Viewers worldwide may send greetings to TMT (@TMTHawaii) via the hashtag #buildingTMT .

Original press release:

Début de la construction du Télescope de Trente-Mètres à Hawaii Accès audiovisuel par Webcast le 7 octobre

Le 7 octobre 2014 auront lieu l’inauguration et une cérémonie de bénédiction pour le télescope du trente mètres (TMT), un projet de $1.4 milliard situé près du sommet du Mauna Kea à Hawaii.

Bien que l’accès au chantier du TMT sera limité en raison de l’environnement précaire et des conditions physiques imposantes du site, la cérémonie sera retransmise en direct par internet.

L’éminent acteur, metteur en scène et auteur, George Takei, bien connu pour sa participation à la série Star Trek, présentera des segments à saveur scientifique durant la presentation. Le chercheur, vulgarisateur scientifique, et chargé de cours, Dr. Robert Hurt, sera l’hôte de cette présentation que l’on pourra suivre à .

Découvertes anticipées d’un observatoire de nouvelle génération

“Nous vivons des moments de grande intensité alors que nous entamons la construction du TMT. Avec son mirroir géant de plus de 30m de diamètre, le TMT offrira des images d’une résolution inégalée pour des systèmes planétaires autour d’étoiles proches et des premières étoiles et galaxies dans l’univers lointain” disait Edward Stone, Directeur Exécutif de l’Observatoire international TMT.

L’Observatoire international TMT (TIO) est un partenariat international dont les membres proviennent de l’Institut de technologie de Californie, les Observatoires astronomiques nationaux de l’académie chinoise des sciences, les Instituts de sciences naturelles au Japon, et l’Université de Californie. L’Inde a récemment reçu l’approbationde son cabinet d’union pour joindre le project TMT cet automne; le Canada a le but de se joindre en tant que membre au printemps 2015.

Les activités préliminaires à Hawaï comprennent la préparation du site et son nivellement; le travail hors site est aussi en plein essor. En Chine, les partenaires s’affairent à concevoir le système d’alignement du telescope équipé de miroirs entièrement articulés et de développer le système de guidage au laser. Le Japon a produit plus de soixante segments en verre à expansion thermique nulle pour le miroir principal et conçoit la structure du télescope en détail. La fabrication du système de soutien du miroir est en cours en Inde. Le module d’optique adaptative est en conception finale et la coupole est prête à être construite au Canada. Le système de contrôle des miroirs est dans sa conception finale en Californie.

“C’est avec un profond respect pour la culture, l’environnement et les valeurs des habitants d’Hawaii, que nous entrevoyons la possibilité de construire cette installation révolutionnaire pour élargir notre compréhension de l’univers, » a déclaré le président du Conseil d’administration OTI, Henry Yang. “Il s’agit d’un partenariat remarquable entre les institutions de ces cinq pays, en coopération avec l’Université d’Hawaï, pour atteindreun objectif visionnaire commun. Nous sommes reconnaissants pour le travail hardu et les contributions remarquables de tant de gens et organismes, y compris le Gordon et Betty Moore Foundation, depuis plus de dix ans, pour atteindre ce jalon si important et significatif”.

Inauguration hawaïenne traditionnelle et la cérémonie de benediction

Le président du Conseil OTI et chancelier de l’Université de Californie à Santa Barbara, Henry Yang, livrera le 7 octobre l’allocution d’ouverture pour l’inauguration et le programme de benediction, suivie du gouverneur d’Hawaii Neil Abercrombie et du maire du comté d’Hawaii, William Kenoi. Une cérémonie traditionnelle Hawaïenne est prévue pour conclure le programme.

“Le TMT s’est engagé auprès du peuple Hawaïen pour respecter le plan créé par le Bureau de gestion de Mauna Kea pour un développement responsible sur le Mauna Kea,”a déclaré Sandra Dawson, directrice au TMT des affaires communautaires Hawaïenne. “Le respect de la communauté et du Mauna Kea est la pierre angulaire de notre gérance harmonieuse.”

Transmission sur l’internet de la cérémonie

Le webcast débutera à 11:15, heure d’Hawaii, le 7 octobre 2014. Visitez pour assister à la cérémonie en direct, découvrir des informations pertinentes, communiquer via les réseaux sociaux, et explorer les archives multimédia de l’événement par la suite. Les téléspectateurs du monde entier peuvent envoyer leurs voeux au TMT (@TMTHawaii) via le hashtag # #buildingTMT.

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