Senior Lab instructor position in Astronomy, University of Victoria

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, invites applications for the position of Senior Lab instructor in Astronomy.

Job Summary
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and its members conduct internationally recognized research in several fields of physics and astronomy. The Department runs a range of courses in astronomy designed for students intending to major in the field, as well as courses for students in a variety of other programs. The Department also manages an on-campus observatory, housing a new 0.8m telescope, which is utilized to provide experiential learning and research opportunities in laboratory components of astronomy courses.

This position has as its primary function, to develop, coordinate and participate in the teaching of the undergraduate lab program in astronomy. This entails management, maintenance, and development of the observatory and related equipment. The position has overall responsibility for the astronomy lab program, and coordination of the labs run by other lab instructors and Teaching Assistants, and reports to the Physics and Astronomy Laboratory Supervisor. Expertise in astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation, is required.

Job Requirements:
The minimum qualification is a Master’s degree in Astronomy or related fields. Superior oral communication skills are also required, along with the ability to work non-standard hours, as certain astronomy labs are run in the evening.

Additional Information: 992723-PHYS-2016-Senior Lab Instructor Astronomy-SG10
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CLOSING DATE: 4pm PST on March 8, 2016.

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. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Grace Wong Sneddon, Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives and Advisor to the Provost on Equity and Diversity at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Real-Time Embedded Engineer (104-15-1108)


Your challenge

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 Real-Time Embedded Engineer to support our NRC-Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics portfolio (NRC-HAA). The Real-Time Embedded Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The Astronomy Technology Program (ATP) at the NRC Herzberg is engaged in the development of leading-edge instrumentation for some of the world’s largest observatories.  Currently, the ATP is leading and participating in several development projects in radio astronomy and requires a Real Time Embedded Engineer to lead the engineering and development of embedded software for various PowerMX ( hardware developments, as well as participate in other embedded developments such as FPGA firmware etc.

A significant effort is currently underway for the next generation centimetre wave radio telescope facility, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project.  The SKA is an international effort comprised of more than 10 signatory countries, including Canada, to develop and build a radio telescope array with about 100 times the sensitivity of the largest existing radio telescopes operating in the centimetre wave range. Canada is participating in several key areas, including leading an international consortium to execute the pre-construction work package for the Central Signal Processor (CSP).  Pre-construction efforts will develop requirements and designs for the CSP, leading to a construction proposal to build the SKA. The work of the Real-Time Embedded Engineer will be strongly focused on the SKA CSP, and he/she is expected to become a key member of the Canadian CSP team.

The Real-Time Embedded Engineer may also be involved in other radio astronomy developments that the ATP may participate in.

Screening criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


PhD or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Engineering.


Significant experience in the design and development of real-time embedded software for COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) or custom-designed hardware using open, custom, or bare metal RTOS (Real-Time Operating System) platforms, including working closely with hardware developers to ensure development of a fully integrated real-time embedded system.

Experience programming in C, C++, MatLab, Python, VHDL, and Verilog.

Experience in the design and development of real-time embedded boot sequences and automatic fault recovery for robust and reliable operation.

Significant experience in the design and development of real-time embedded systems.

Experience in professional documentation of designs, including in-line documentation of code.