Assistant Professor – Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) – Astronomy & Astrophysics, U of T

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a two year contractually limited term (CLTA) appointment. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and will commence on September 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter, and end on August 31, 2021, with the possibility of renewal.
Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek applicants with research and teaching interests in any area of astronomy and astrophysics, including pedagogical research in teaching or outreach, that complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. Excellence in research is evidenced primarily by the quality of published papers or forthcoming publications, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing. The successful candidate for this position is expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and have an established record of publishing articles in the leading academic journals in the field. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities, submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Research support will be provided, with additional opportunities available with the Dunlap Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a research statement including laboratory plans, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.
All application materials must be submitted online by the closing date, January 31, 2019. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.
Applicants must also arrange for at least three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to: by January 31, 2019. Please ensure the candidate’s name is included in the subject line and that letters are on letterhead and signed. Requests for more information can be directed in confidence to the same email address.
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The University of Toronto ( offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Toronto astronomers teach in environment of research excellence with access to a powerful range of national research facilities and a lively local environment of about one hundred graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty.
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.
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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.