Exploring the Universe with JWST – II / Montreal, October 24-28 – 3rd announcement

** Third announcement – Registration and abstraction submission deadline JULY 15th, Preliminary Program available **

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in October 2018, will be one of the great observatories of the next decade. Its suite of four instruments will provide imaging, spectroscopic and coronagraphic capabilities over the 0.6 to 28.5 micron wavelength range and will offer an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution to study targets ranging from our Solar System to the most distant galaxies. With JWST’s launch date approaching rapidly and a first call for proposals scheduled for the end of 2017, it is important to give the astronomical community opportunities to present, highlight and discuss scientific programs that will be made possible by JWST. In this context, we are organizing the scientific conference “Exploring the Universe with JWST – II”, which will take place during the week of the 24th to the 28th of October 2016 at the Université de Montréal (Canada). The conference will cover a broad range of scientific topics org
anized around the main JWST science themes:

• The end of the “dark ages”: first light and reionisation.
• The assembly of galaxies.
• The formation and evolution of stars and planets.
• Planetary systems and the origins of life (exoplanets)
• Our Solar System.

This conference is in the same spirit as the one held in the Netherlands at ESTEC (ESA headquarters) in October 2015. The attendance will be limited to approximately 250 persons.

Preliminary program can be found here: http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/images/Agenda_JWST_July_2016_v4.png
Information: http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/
Registration and payment:  http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/reg_procedure.php
Abstract soumission:  http://craq-astro.ca/jwst2016/submitabstract_en.php – Submission deadline 15 July

Invited Speakers
• Alyson Brooks (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA)
• David Charbonneau (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)
• Julianne Dalcanton (University of Washington)
• Richard Ellis (University College London, UK)
• Jonathan Gardner (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)
• Jason Kalirai (STScI)
• Dave Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
• Ralph Pudritz (McMaster University / Origins Institute, Canada)
• Sherry Suyu (Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan)

Important dates & deadlines
• 15 May: 2nd announcement (invited speakers chosen, program sessions identified, abstract submission form open, payment form);
• 15 July: registration deadline and abstract submission deadline;
• 15 August: release of the program.

• Student: $275 CAN ($239 CA + Tax) / ~$210 US (Tax included)  / ~€187 (Tax included)
• General: $476 CAN ($414 CAN + Tax) /  ~$370 US (Tax included) / ~€324 (Tax included)
• Banquet: $90 CAN ($78,50 CAN + Tax) / ~$70 US (Tax included) / ~€61(Tax included)

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)
• René Doyon (U. de Montréal/iREx; co-chair)
• Chris Willott (NRC-Herzberg ; co-chair)
• Michael Balogh (U. of Waterloo)
• Beth Biller (U. of Edinburgh/ROE)
• Peter Behroozi (UC Berkeley)
• Isobel Hook (U. of Lancaster)
• JJ Kavelaars (NRC-Herzberg)
• Robert Kennicutt (Cambridge, IoA)
• Charles Lada (CfA)
• Laura Pentericci (INAF)
• Marshall Perrin (STScI)
• Allison Sills (McMaster)
• Tommaso Treu (UCLA)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)  –  jwst2016@astro.umontreal.ca
• Loïc Albert (UdeM/iREx)
• Étienne Artigau (UdeM/iREx)
• Nick Cowan (McGill/iREx)
• Olivier Hernandez (UdeM/iREx)
• François-René Lachapelle (UdeM/iREx)
• David Lafrenière (UdeM/iREx)
• Marie-Eve Naud (UdeM/iREx)
• Jason Rowe (UdeM/iREx)

JWST is a joint mission between NASA, ESA and CSA.

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.