System Administrator and Parallel Programmer (CITA)

Institution: University of Toronto
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)


The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at the University of Toronto is a nationally supported research institute and a non-profit corporation (CITA Inc.). Our mission is to foster interaction within the Canadian astrophysics community and to serve as an international centre of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. We educate and develop the next generation of scientific leaders with national postdoctoral fellowships as well as postdoctoral and research associate fellowships, and through the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. We are devoted to studying the origin and evolution of the universe and the many phenomena revealed by modern astronomy.

Under the general direction of the Computing Facilities Manager, the System Administrator and Parallel Programmer maintains the smooth operation of general CITA hardware and software infrastructure, administers CITA’s key High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems (currently includes a 1,600-core Linux cluster), and ensures a reliable and efficient environment for scientific researchers.

Your responsibilities will include:

• Troubleshooting complex computer system problems
• Analyzing server and/or desktop performance data
• Documenting network-related activities or tasks
• Creating complex and technical documentation and user support guides
• Executing security measures for network devices and introducing variations as required
• Analyzing, recommending and documenting parallelization strategies
• Creating complex and technical documentation and user support guides
• Performing preventive maintenance on audio-visual equipment

Essential Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience
• Minimum four years of recent and related programming experience in an UNIX-like environment
• Expert knowledge and experience of C, Fortran and python under *nix, visualization
• Experience with RAID Storage configuration and setup and the lustre filesystem is an asset
• Advanced programming skills
• Excellent analytical skills and ability to improve software systems
• Advanced level skills interfacing with parallel astrophysical programming needs, including massively parallel system configuration and programming
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Assets (Nonessential):

• Formal certification in RHEL, ITILv2 or ITILv3, CCNA & CCNP

To be successful in this role you will be:

• Adaptable
• Motivated self-learner
• Patient
• Problem solver
• Resourceful
• Team player

Travel: None

Notes: Interested applicants should apply online at the UofT Career Website:

Job Posting: June 24, 2019
Job Closing: July 19, 2019

Canada Research Chair (Tier II) Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec ( has an opening for a tenure-stream Tier II Canada Research Chair position in multi-messenger astrophysics. The Department of Physics & Astronomy welcomes applications in this broad field, with specialization in one or more of the following areas: gravitational waves, compact objects, cosmology, and gravitational physics; astroparticle physics; radio, optical, and X-ray astronomy; big data and astronomical instrumentation.

The CRC program was created by the Government of Canada to cultivate world-class research and development. The Tier II Chair will be awarded for a five year period, renewable once upon approval from the CRC program. Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who completed their highest degree more than 10 years ago (and where career interruptions exist) may have their eligibility for a Tier II CRC assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. The legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, sick leave) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. Please contact Bishop’s Research Office for eligibility details and consult the CRC Foundation for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria (

Applicants for this position should possess a PhD (or equivalent) and have postdoctoral experience and a superior research profile in one of the proposed areas. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to obtain external funding and the potential to emerge as internationally recognized scholars. Teaching duties consist of two (3 credit hours each) semester-length courses per academic year. A strong teaching record is also beneficial. Bilingualism/multilingualism is an asset.

The successful candidate will join a thriving research team comprised of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. Bishop’s commits to building and enhancing an environment that supports outstanding research and creative activity. Astrophysics and Relativity are long-standing research strengths at Bishop’s University and are prominent in its Strategic Research Plan (

Bishop’s University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified members of equity-seeking groups, including women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people with diverse gender identities, and people with disabilities. Members of these groups are encouraged to identify themselves. Although, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, all qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Bishop’s University implements an equal access employment / program under the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies for women, visible minorities, ethnic minority, Aboriginal and disabled people (including the possibility of accommodation during the selection process). Candidates who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the process may contact Human Resources at

Application packages, including a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of research achievements and future objectives, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact of at least three referees, must be sent as PDF files to

Review of the applications will begin on August 30, 2019 and will continue until a nominee is chosen. Ideally, a full application package will be submitted to the CRC program in April 2020. The start date is negotiable.