TENURE-TRACK, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION AT SAINT MARY’S

The Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The anticipated start date is July 1st, 2017. The Department is particularly interested in applicants in the area of computational astrophysics but candidates from other areas of astronomy and astrophysics are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a related field and the ability to develop and maintain an innovative, externally-funded research program, and supervise graduate students. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will be expected to play an active service role at the University.

Saint Mary’s University identifies astronomy, computational sciences, and subatomic physics collectively as one of its five major research themes. The Department of Astronomy and Physics is the centre for astronomy research in Atlantic Canada, and consists of ten full-time faculty members, all with active research efforts in observational astronomy, theoretical and computational astrophysics, and experimental subatomic physics. Additionally, the University hosts the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA), an institute focused on promoting computational astrophysics in the broadest possible terms, including the tackling of complex astrophysical phenomena through numerical simulation and advancing discoveries utilizing “big data” from large multinational observational facilities. Observational astronomers in the Department are eligible for Canadian time on observatories including Gemini, CFHT, ALMA, Astrosat, and JCMT as well as JWST and TMT while ICA members are active users of Compute Canada HPC facilities. Our subatomic physicists are frequent users of TRIUMF, Jefferson Lab, GSI, and other world facilities. The Department offers B.Sc. Major and Honours programs in Astrophysics and in Physics, and faculty members supervise graduate students in M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Astronomy and in Applied Science. For a more complete account of Department activities, please see http://www.ap.smu.ca.

Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people that is a major educational and economic centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. The city is conveniently located close to recreational areas and major urban centres in Canada and the northeastern United States. A public university with over 7,000 students, Saint Mary’s offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University has gone through significant renewal in the past decade and has over 250 full-time faculty involved in innovative teaching, research, and service. For more information about the University and the Faculty of Science, please see http://science.smu.ca/.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. In keeping with Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1st, 2017. Applications should include a cover letter specifically addressing the applicant’s interest in working at Saint Mary’s University and detailing the applicant’s scholarly research interests; a CV; a research plan; a teaching dossier (including a teaching philosophy statement, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness); and the names and contact information of three references. Please arrange for the three recommendation letters to be sent directly to the address below.

Applications should be sent via email, as a single PDF file to search@ap.smu.ca
or via mail to:
Dr. Marcin Sawicki, Chairperson
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 3C3

Inquiries may be sent to: search@ap.smu.ca

Postdoctoral fellowship in astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets at Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) of Université de Montréal

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the physics department of the University of Montreal (UdeM), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets.

The iREx consists of a growing team of about 40 people (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students) from UdeM and McGill all working on various research programs focused on the study of exoplanets and related fields of stellar astrophysics. Members of iREx are actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets, notably the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Gemini Planet Imager, SPIRou and NIRPS. In addition, iREx researchers will have access to guaranteed observing time with the JWST, SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on iREx research programs can be found here: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/?page_id=1230&lang=en.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests not to exceed 2 pages, and should arrange to have three referees send a letter of reference.

Preference is given to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials including letters of reference must be received electronically at the following address: irex@astro.umontreal.ca, by the deadline of December 5th, 2016.

The successful applicant is expected to start between June and September 2017. The position is for two years, renewable for a third one subject to performance and availability of funds.

Social Benefits:
Postdoctoral researchers at UdeM enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, see
http://www.fesp.umontreal.ca/fileadmin/Documents/PDF/GuideStagiairePostdoctoral_Eng.pdf

CITA Postdoctoral Fellowship

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CITA is a national centre for theoretical astrophysics located at the University of Toronto. The Institute expects to offer several postdoctoral fellowships of three years. The starting date will be September 1, 2017. Funds will be available for travel and other research expenses. A Ph.D. 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: cosmology, interstellar matter, galaxy, star and planet formation, solar physics, high energy astrophysics, numerical relativity and gravitational waves.

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 15, 2016.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Email Submission Address: fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca
Attention To: Prof Bryan Gaensler, Director
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto
50 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 Canada

Email Address for Inquiries: director@dunlap.utoronto.ca

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: November 1, 2016

Related URLs:
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics: dunlap.utoronto.ca
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics: astro.utoronto.ca
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics: cita.utoronto.ca
Center for Planetary Sciences: cps.utoronto.ca
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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 groundbreaking research in experimental astrophysics, in close collaboration with Toronto colleagues in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DAA), the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Center for Planetary Sciences (CPS).

Dunlap Fellows are expected to conduct a program of original research either independently or in collaboration with others at the University, and will be offered professional development and mentoring across a range of areas relevant to a scientific career. Exceptional candidates in instrumentation, software, or observation are encouraged to apply. Fellows have access to laboratories, computing clusters and fabrication facilities, and can propose for additional support for their experimental or computational plans. Dunlap Fellows are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach and training initiatives. The range of activities and opportunities in research, outreach and training can be seen in the annual reports on the Dunlap Institute’s web site.

The Dunlap Institute, DAA, CITA and CPS together host over 130 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observation, 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.

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, successful candidates will be given the option to take up their Fellowships as part-time appointments (such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application).

Appointments are initially for three years, with a subsequent possibility of extension for one further year subject to outstanding performance in public outreach and education activities.. Dunlap Fellowships include an annual salary of CAD $68000 plus generous benefits, a research allowance of CAD $18000 per year, relocation assistance, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute.

The approximate expected starting date is September 1, 2017. Applicants should send a cover letter including a summary of their research program not to exceed 300 words, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a statement of research interests not to exceed 3 pages, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to fellowships@dunlap.utoronto.ca by November 1, 2016.

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 racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in the area of astronomy and astrophysics. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2017.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy, or related fields, and are expected to possess an exemplary, internationally recognized research record, with exceptional promise for future achievements, and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education in physics and astronomy. Applicants with an outstanding record in an area of astronomy or astrophysics that will enhance and/or complement the strengths of the astronomy group, and a commitment to excellence in teaching that will enhance the Department’s programs, are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.uvic.ca/science/physics/) consists of 22 faculty members with research interests in astronomy and astrophysics, particle physics, condensed matter physics, medical physics and ocean physics. The vibrant astronomy group, consisting of seven faculty members, benefits from close relations with the nearby NRC Herzberg facility and its staff, telescopes and instrumentation, and also has full access to all Canadian facilities. The newly formed Astronomy Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Victoria draws membership from the departmental Astronomy group, scientists at NRC Herzberg, and at the nearby TRIUMF laboratory. For more information on the research programs within ARC, see http://www.uvic.ca/arc/.

The preferred method of application is via http://AcademicJobsOnline.org/. A complete application will comprise a cover letter, a CV (including a publication list), a statement of research interests and plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and confidential letters from at least three referees.

Please note that you are asked to upload your CV and other personal information to this service, which is provided for the convenience of you and your referees. The service stores its data on servers located outside of Canada; the data is therefore not in the custody of or under the control of the University of Victoria. You may wish to review the privacy statement on https://academicjobsonline.org/. If you do not wish to use this service, please email Megan Nell, Assistant to the Chair, at phast@uvic.ca<mailto:phast@uvic.ca> for application instructions.

Questions about the position are welcome and can be addressed to the Chair of Physics of Astronomy, Dr. Adam Ritz (chair@phys.uvic.ca<mailto:chair@phys.uvic.ca>).

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.
Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (http://www.uvicfa.ca).

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, 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, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Grace Wong Sneddon, Adviser to the Provost on Equity and Diversity at (250) 721-6143. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Professor and Department Head

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Manitoba

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a full-time position as Head at the rank of tenured Professor, commencing July 1, 2017, or on a date mutually agreed upon. The Department seeks an established scholar with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Outstanding candidates in any area of physics and astronomy will be considered, with particular emphasis on candidates who will complement or extend the department’s strengths in atomic, molecular and optical physics, astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, medical physics, subatomic physics, and theoretical physics. The successful candidate will have a track record of high quality scholarly research leading to peer assessed publications, will have established an independent, innovative, scholarly, externally fundable research program, will have demonstrated outstanding teaching contributions, will have demonstrated strong administrative, leadership and management skills, and will exhibit evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To enhance our department and create role models for a diverse population of students, we particularly invite application from those who can support and enhance our diversity, including women, Indigenous peoples, other visible minorities, and those committed to a diverse environment.

The Department currently has 20 full time tenured and tenure track faculty members and 2 Instructors, and offers a full range of undergraduate programs, including Honours and Major programs with Astronomy, Physics and Medical/Biological options and Joint Honours programs in Physics/Chemistry, Physics/Computer Science and Physics/Mathematics, as well as graduate programs in all of the research specializations. The Department hosts a variety of vibrant and well-equipped individual and collaborative research programs. Research is also conducted at major national and international astrophysics and subatomic physics facilities and has access to high performance computing. Medical physics research is conducted in collaboration with CancerCare Manitoba. The Department maintains strong research links with other University of Manitoba departments and institutes including Chemistry, Radiology, Civil Engineering, Biological Sciences and the Manitoba Institute for Materials. Further information about the Department can be obtained from http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/science/departments/physics/index.html.

Winnipeg is the largest city in the Province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment, including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, and ethnic festivals. The region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at http://www.winnipeg.ca/interhom/.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications including a curriculum vitae, a description of teaching philosophy, a summary of research interests, a three page research plan, a statement of leadership and management philosophy, and contact information for three references should be sent to: peter.loewen@umanitoba.ca (PDF files preferred). Please ensure to specify position number (21964 and BJ473) in the application. For further information contact the Search Committee Chair at: peter.loewen@umanitoba.ca.

The closing date for receipt of applications is October 15, 2016 or until position is filled.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act” (Manitoba). Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

For more information on this and other opportunities, please visit: http://umanitoba.ca/employment.

Tenure Track Position in Physics

Tenure Track Position in Physics 
GRSC-2016-002 
 
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, has a population of more than 1,300 students and emphasizes innovative approaches to teaching and learning, research and engagement. Experiential learning, impactful research and strong community relationships are the hallmarks of Grenfell’s profile.
 
The Division of Science at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a tenure track position in Physics beginning August 1, 2016.
 
GRSC-2016-002, Physics: Duties will include teaching, research, and service to the university. A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy and demonstrated excellence in teaching is required. Experience with the operation and maintenance of a research-grade telescope and instrumentation is highly desirable. Experience in science promotion and outreach is an asset. The candidate should have research interests and the ability to teach a range of courses in the areas of Astronomy and Subatomic Physics, in support of a B.Sc. with a major and a minor in Physics, and within an interdisciplinary degree program in General Science.
 
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. 
 
A letter of application, a curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including evidence of teaching effectiveness and a sample course outline), and the names of three references should be sent to: The Acting Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Academic, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, NL, A2H 6P9. Telephone 709-639-6526; Fax 709-637-6218 or email associatevpoffice@grenfell.mun.ca
 
All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. Salary will reflect qualifications and experience in accordance with the Collective Agreement governing faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. 
 

 

Postdoc in extragalactic astronomy with CFHT+Subaru large datasets

The CFHT Large Area U-band Deep Survey (CLAUDS) is a 60-night dark-time program that obtains very deep (27AB, 5sigma in 2″ apertures) imaging of ~20 square degrees in sky area also being imaged to similar depths in grizy by the Subaru HyperSuprimeCam (HSC) strategic survey program. These data are divided into four roughly equal-sized fields of ~5 sq deg each and rich in ancillary data, namely the extended COSMOS, ELAIS-N1, DEEP2-3, and XMM LSS fields. This is by far the deepest u-band imaging ever obtained over this large an area and complements an equally superb Subaru optical dataset. CLAUDS data acquisition and processing is well underway and will be finished in 2016, while complementary Subaru HSC data are also being taken.

A postdoctoral fellow with experience in optical/IR extragalactic science will have significant freedom to work on projects of his/her interest that exploit the scientific potential of the combined CFHT+Subaru datasets. The position will be associated with Dr. Marcin Sawicki’s research group at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada, but will also provide opportunities to collaborate with members of the HSC survey consortium, including those at Princeton and in numerous Japanese institutions. The fellow will also have time for independent research and he/she will be able to apply for Canadian time on ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT, and (starting in 2018) JWST.  As Dr. Sawicki is a member of the JWST-NIRISS Science Team, the fellow may also be able to contribute to the planning of Guaranteed Time Observations with that instrument.

The start date is negotiable but should be between May and October 2016. The appointment is initially for two years with the possibility of extension. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to the email address below. The statement of research interest should ideally include a description of the science that the candidate would undertake by combining the CLAUDS u-band and Subaru grizy data.

The review of applications will begin on 1 May 2016 and all materials – as well as any questions – should be sent by that date to Dr. Marcin Sawicki, CLAUDS project lead, at sawicki@ap.smu.ca.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA OBSERVATORIES DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is seeking a Deputy Director to serve on its senior management team.

UCO’s mission is to provide UC astronomers with continuing access to forefront optical and infrared observatories, to design and build advanced instrumentation for the Lick, Keck, and TMT Telescopes, and to provide an organization that can coordinate astronomy groups throughout the UC system in support of their ground-based observatories. UCO is a multi-campus astronomical research unit, with headquarters on the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, CA, and the technical laboratories at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA. UCO is a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the focal point for UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

The Deputy Director will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary, talented, and diverse staff to help transition UCO into the era of Extremely Large Telescopes and to help define the future of ground-based optical and infrared astronomy. The Deputy Director will report to the Director of UCO. It is estimated that the administrative and managerial duties of Deputy Director will consume approximately 75% of the incumbent’s total effort, with the rest available for research or other professional activities. The incumbent is eligible to apply for time on UCO – affiliated telescopes, to advise graduate students in collaboration with a UC faculty member, and will have the authority to prepare and apply for external grants as Principal Investigator.

We seek a candidate who is self – motivated and able to perform with minimal direction. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal, communication (both oral and written ) , presentation, and negotiation skills in order to lead and motivate a team with varied technical specialties, and foster effective cooperation. UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms, and to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & produc tive environment.

JOB DUTIES ( partial ):

• Works closely with the UCO Director in the planning and implementation of major scientific projects, services, facilities, and activities.

• Collaborates with senior technical management team to plan technical requirements, capabilities, and advancement opportunities; makes substantive contributions in diverse technical research areas.

• Interfaces closely with UC’s astronomical user community. Works with UC’s astronomy community to identify, develop, obtain funding for, and commission new research instrumentation projects and astronomical capabilities.

• Contribute s to published articles, presentations, or scientific papers; identif ies research an d development funding opportunities.

• Supervises staff and resources to meet program objectives.

• Works with the UCO management team to ensure state – of – the art technical capabilities and facilities for UCO.

• Provides leadership, guidance, and organization for Time Allocation Committees in the allocation of UC observing time at the Keck and Lick Observatories.

• Works with the Director and Assistant Director in the overall management of UCO operations.

• Works with Assistant Director on financial planning and high – level management of operating funds, contracts, and grants.

• Provides broad management direction and oversight to the Lick Observatory Superintendent.

• Oversees UCO’s communications needs. Supervises the UCO Communications Specialist ‘s work in the preparation of the Annual Report and other documents, oversight of UCO’s social media presence, and written marketing materials for Lick Observatory.

• Assists the Director with oral presentations to groups such as the UC Obs ervatories Advisory Committee, the Keck Science Steering Committee, the Lick Observatory Council, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

RANK: Academic Coordinator ( 75 %) / Research Astronomer ( 25 %)

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph . D . or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy, Ast rophysics, or a related field; minimum of 5 years of management experience in an observatory , national laboratory , or industrial research laboratory environment ; experience work ing with, and /or lead ing , a senior management team; experience managing teams c onsisting of astronomers, enginee rs, and administrative staff .

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS : Record of significant research in astronomy and astrophysics; demonstrated leadership working in a complex and evolving environment; c lear understanding of the global astronomical research environment. IMPORTANT: The application materials and letters of reference are expected to specifically address the requirements and qualifications enumerated in this document .

POSITION AVAILABLE: April 1, 2016, or as soon as possible after closing date.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment will be for three years with anticipated reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include: an application letter with a statement of interest and qualifications , including a summary of scientific management and administrative experience, research experience, and a discussion of how the applicant fits the specific criteria noted above. Submit a current CV and publication list, a PDF document containing web links to three of your publications most relevant to this position and please request 3 letters of reference* describing your qualifications for the position with reference to the specific qualifications listed in this document. All documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00335. Refer to Position # JPF00 335 – 16T in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), please read UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016. For full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. It is desirable that letters of reference be received by this date as well. Position will remain open until filled.

Principal Investigator for the TMT/WFOS Spectrograph

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA OBSERVATORIES
Principal Investigator for the TMT/WFOS Spectrograph
Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016

The University of California Observatories (UCO) invites applications for the position of Principal Investigator for the Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph on the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).  The TMT is an extremely large telescope with a primary mirror diameter of 30 meters. When completed in 2024, TMT will be one of the most powerful ground-based optical/infrared telescopes in the world, providing the capability to study fundamental astronomical problems from the first stars in the universe to the nature and formation of extra-solar planets. An international partnership consisting of the California Institute of Technology, Canada, China, India, Japan, and the University of California has been formed to deliver this exciting new observatory. For more information, please see www.tmt.org.

The Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph (WFOS) is a general purpose seeing-limited wide-field multi-object optical spectrograph designed and built by an international consortium for TMT. The WFOS project is being hosted by the University of California Observatories (UCO), a UC Multi-Campus Research Unit currently headquartered at UC Santa Cruz, charged with providing optical/infrared observing facilities to UC astronomers. UCO will coordinate the design, management, integration, testing, and commissioning of WFOS, with major subsystems provided by TMT partners in the US, China, India, and Japan.

The WFOS Principal Investigator leads the WFOS Science Team, which (among other things) is responsible for developing initial performance requirements, overseeing subsequent performance trade-off studies, and defining, executing, and analyzing tests to measure instrument capabilities. The WFOS Principal Investigator reports to the UCO Director, with project-line reporting to the TMT Project Office. Significant travel is expected, including trips to China, Japan, India, Pasadena, and the observatory site planned for Maunakea in Hawaii.  The WFOS Principal Investigator is appointed in the Professional Research series and is eligible to apply for time on UCO-affiliated telescopes, advise graduate students in collaboration with a UC faculty member, and prepare and apply for external grants as Principal Investigator. The incumbent’s research may be largely scientific or technical in nature. It is expected that the incumbent will eventually be an active observer with WFOS.

JOB DUTIES (partial, for full job description see http://ucolick.org/home/resources/employment.html):

• In partnership with the WFOS Project Manager, lead the WFOS Team to build a strong, integrated, international partnership that ensures that WFOS will excel as a first-light science instrument on TMT;
• Lead the WFOS Science Team in their task of envisioning a high-quality science instrument, simulating and evaluating its capabilities, planning for its use, and supporting the Construction Team in the design, construction, and delivery of WFOS;
• Serve as the key point of contact with the TMT Project Office for all matters related to the science performance and operational requirements of WFOS;
• Act as the ambassador and spokesperson for WFOS to the TMT and world astronomical communities;
• Hold responsibility for WFOS scientific requirements and high-level performance requirements, for trade studies as the project matures, and for designing, executing, and analyzing tests to verify that WFOS meets all requirements;
• Coordinate and oversee programmatic activities such as budgeting and resource allocation for the WFOS Science Team;
•  Interface with TMT Observatory personnel to design and plan WFOS operations;
• Conduct original scientific and/or technical research that has visibility and impact on the course of astronomical science;
• Participate in a variety of other activities in general service to UCO.

RANK: Research Astronomer
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD (or equivalent foreign) degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a closely related Engineering discipline; a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in design and construction of large, high-technology astronomy projects; an active research program relevant to WFOS science and/or technology; experience leading teams with varied technical specialties.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Previous leadership roles in the design and construction of large, high-technology astronomy projects; self-motivated and able to perform with minimal direction; knowledge and broad understanding of the intended science with WFOS; familiarity with numerical simulations and modeling; familiarity with modern project management tools; familiarity with spectrograph optical design and modern optical design tools; familiarity with current developments in optical/IR instrumentation technology; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to generate clear and concise technical documents; demonstrated ability to clearly present technical and programmatic information in meetings, reviews, and conferences; excellent negotiation skills and ability to foster effective team cooperation; participation in significant international projects; familiarity with Mandarin Chinese and/or Japanese.

IMPORTANT: The application materials and letters of reference are expected to specifically address the requirements and qualifications enumerated in this document.

CLOSING DATE:  Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2016.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. The position will remain open until filled.

POSITION AVAILABLE: April 1, 2016, or as soon as possible after closing date.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:  Initial appointment will be for three years with anticipated reappointment.  Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted.  Reappointment is also contingent upon availability of funding.

TO APPLY:  Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include: application letter with a statement of interest and qualifications including a summary of scientific management and administrative experience, a current CV and publication list, a .pdf document containing web links to your three publications most relevant to this position and to WFOS, and 3 letters of  reference addressing your specific qualifications for the position as noted above*. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00334
Refer to Position #JPF00334 in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.