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Desired starting date: September 2019
The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre of the National
Research Council (NRC) is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for a
Plaskett Postdoctoral Fellowship (Research Associate) position tenable at
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) in Victoria, BC, Canada. The
successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in
astronomy/astrophysics who is highly motivated to exploit astronomical
facilities administered by NRC and contribute to forefront research
projects conducted using those facilities.
This hiring is at the postdoctoral level, but at NRC Canada, this is in
effectively a term staff scientist position with all the associated
benefits, including paid maternity and parental leave, vacation, accruable
pension contributions and others.
We encourage researchers in any area of astrophysics to apply. For
reference, the following are active fields of research at NRC Herzberg:
• Exoplanets and debris disks (direct detection, planetary atmospheres,
dynamical evolution, collisional evolution, composition), utilizing
Gemini, ALMA, HST, JWST and/or exploitation of existing large survey data
from Kepler, Spitzer, Herschel, WISE and other missions.
• Outer solar system bodies (accretion processes, size-frequency
distributions, surface properties, orbital dynamics, binaries, space-craft
exploration), utilizing CFHT, Gemini, ALMA, HST, Subaru, and the New
Horizons spacecraft, as well as leadership of the Outer Solar System
Origins Survey (OSSOS).
• Star or planet formation processes (protostellar evolution, cluster
formation, circumstellar disks, super-star clusters in external galaxies),
utilizing ALMA, the Jansky VLA, GBT, or other facilities, and leveraging
results from Herschel, Spitzer, or JCMT legacy programs (e.g., the JCMT
Gould Belt Survey and the JCMT Transient Survey).
• Photometric and spectroscopic studies of the structure and stellar
content of the Milky Way, Local Group, and other nearby galaxies,
including all areas of research associated with the broad field of
• Multi-wavelength investigations of galaxies and clusters, including
studies of galaxy distances, dynamics, and structural properties;
super-massive black holes and galactic nuclei; and star clusters and star
formation at UV, optical, IR and sub-mm wavelengths.
• Cosmological evolution of galaxies including physical processes such as
accretion, outflow, feedback, metal enrichment, star formation,
super-massive black hole growth, mergers, and strong lensing.
Candidates should have an observational background or an interest in
constraining theories with observations.
The successful candidate will:
• Conduct original research independently and in collaboration with NRC
Herzberg staff members.
• Contribute to the scientific exploitation of NRC Herzberg’s resources,
particularly, but not limited to, the expertise of scientific and
technical staff, and the astronomical facilities and infrastructure
administered by NRC Herzberg, such as ALMA, CFHT, the Gemini Observatory,
the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC), and the instrumentation labs.
• Engage with the astronomical community to advance NRC Herzberg’s mandate
to provide astronomical facilities and services to Canadian researchers.
NRC Herzberg is a leading developer of instrumentation for current and
future ground- and space-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JWST,
MSE, SKA, and TMT). NRC Herzberg also hosts CADC, which provides
scientific data preservation, distribution, and analysis services to the
community. The CADC is also home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory, the
CANFAR cloud computing network, and extensive data archives (including
those for CFHT, CGPS, HST, and JCMT).
• Share with other postdoctoral research associates the organization of
the NRC Herzberg weekly seminars, which run from September to April.
The initial appointment is of two years duration, which may be extended
(subject to performance and availability of funds). In addition to highly
competitive benefits and salary, the Plaskett Fellow will receive support
for observing and conference travel, page charges, and access to
professionally managed computation infrastructure and resources.
Applicants must have acquired their Ph.D. within the last five years or
expect to obtain their degree before taking up the position.
NRC is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications should be made by 19 November 2018 via the process described
at the URL provided.
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