Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of observational astrophysics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and is expected to commence on 1 July 2020.

We seek applicants in any area of observational astrophysics, whose research and teaching interests complement our existing department strengths. The successful candidate is expected to pursue innovative research in observational astrophysics at the highest international level and establish and lead a competitive, independent, and externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and engage in university service activities.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment or shortly after, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Excellence in research is evidenced primarily by a record of publishing articles in the leading academic journals in the field or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the quality of published papers submitted for review, a research statement, participation in major international conferences, seminars at leading institutions, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto ( offers the opportunity to teach and conduct research in a leading university while living in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The graduate Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics has 30 faculty members, 50 graduate students, and 40 post-doctoral fellows. Faculty have access to a wide array of observational research facilities, computational support, and a strongly supported graduate program.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, up to three sample publications or working papers, a research statement including laboratory plans, and a teaching dossier including a teaching statement, list of outreach experience and interests, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations.

Applicants must also ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to: by the closing date. 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.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received online by the closing date, November 18, 2019.

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.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. The survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To submit your application, please follow the link below