Postdoctoral Position in Radio Interferometry

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Toronto

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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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Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: January 15, 2016

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 real-time imaging pipeline of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), a wide-field radio survey telescope studying both the cosmological Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, and the more local time-variable radio sky.

The appointee is expected to contribute to the success of CHIME via the development of relevant software, data pipelines and catalog products, working under the supervision of Prof Keith Vanderlinde. Appropriately qualified applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in areas relevant to the CHIME survey. People with skills and experience in aperture synthesis interferometry, distributed software pipelines or GPU-based processing systems are encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Vanderlinde (<>) for additional information prior to submitting their applications. Candidates are also encouraged to apply for Dunlap postdoctoral fellowships; in this case, applications for this position may consist of only a cover letter that explicitly grants access permission of the relevant Dunlap application and associated reference letters for the purposes of this job application

The Dunlap Institute pursues groundbreaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to instrumentation, data-driven science and observations, alongside a substantive commitment to outreach and training. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA) and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). These three units together host over 130 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observations, computation and theory. The Dunlap Institute is located on a beautiful 19th century campus in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. Rated as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, Toronto offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, outstanding food and music, and a vibrant and diverse cultural community.

Candidates must possess a recent PhD or equivalent qualification in physics or astronomy, should have demonstrated experience in pipeline software development, and should provide evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Prior expertise in radio interferometry is desirable but not essential. The initial appointment will be for two years, renewable for additional years subject to satisfactory performance.

The Dunlap Institute is committed to a flexible and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and potential two-body hires.  Subject to immigration regulations, the successful candidate will be given the option to take up the position as a part-time appointment (such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application).

The nominal starting date for the position is September 1, 2016, although earlier starting dates are possible. 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<>, all to be received no later than January 15, 2016. Only electronic applications (PDF attachments preferred) will be accepted.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

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.

Research Associate in Radio Astronomy (104-15-0056)

New November 30th 2015 deadline.
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s premiere research and technology organization.

We are looking for a dynamic Research Associate to support the Radio Astronomy team within the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (HAA) portfolio. You are someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astronomy or astrophysics who is highly motivated to exploit facilities administered by NRC for Canadian astronomers and contributes to projects underway at NRC Herzberg. We are particularly seeking a candidate with research interests in one or more of the following areas:
• The study of magnetic fields in the Milky Way Galaxy through radio-polarimetric observations or via Zeeman splitting
• Wide-field radio continuum surveys with an emphasis on polarization imaging
• Observations of nearby galaxies
• Transient and highly variable sources, including Pulsars
• Observational Cosmology.

The successful candidate will be expected to make use of radio facilities at DRAO, the Synthesis Telescope and the John A. Galt Telescope, as well as many others around the world, such as the Jansky VLA, ALMA, GBT, CHIME, ATCA, Arecibo, LOFAR, MWA, and the SKA precursors ASKAP and MeerKAT.

The successful candidate is expected to work independently and perform original research as well as work in collaboration with NRC Herzberg staff members associated with projects most relevant to his or her area of expertise. Additionally, the candidate is expected to actively engage with the Canadian astronomy community in support of community use of Canada’s astronomy facilities. The candidate will be expected to organize the DRAO seminar series.

The work is performed in a stimulating, collegial environment. The Research Associate will have access to the astronomical facilities operated by NRC, as well as to other facilities with open competition.

Candidates with strong instrumentation backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please note that a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a research proposal no longer than 3 pages must be attached to your online application. If at all possible, the proposal should highlight areas that are relevant to one or more of the research areas listed above. In addition, please have at least two letters of reference sent by email in confidence to by the November 30th 2015 deadline quoting #104-15-0056 in the subject line. Unique to this RA competition, transcripts and copies of degrees will only be required to be submitted at the offer stage. For background information on the RA program, please go to:


As part of the RA Program you must have received your Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.


Five years or less experience in astrophysics beyond the Ph.D.

Experience in conducting original scientific research in radio astrophysics, demonstrated by published papers in the refereed scientific literature.

Experience with radio interferometry/aperture synthesis and/or single dish techniques.

Experience with instrumentation would be considered an asset.

Preference will be given to those with research interests related to SKA key science projects.

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The Research Associate Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.

From $49,670 to $140,418 per annum.

Only applications received on our website will be accepted.  Please visit to submit your résumé.