Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream: Astronomy – Planetary Science

The Division of Natural Science, Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Astronomy – Planetary Science at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2020. For a complete job description and application details, visit York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer. The AA Program can be found on York’s website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. The application deadline is Monday November 4, 2019.

Research Associate (Plaskett Fellowship)

Research Associate (Plaskett Fellowship)
National Research Council of Canada
City: Victoria
Organizational Unit: Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
Classification: RO
Tenure: Term
Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension
Language Requirements: English

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We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.

NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for a dynamic postdoctoral Research Associate to work within one or more of the multiple areas of astronomy research within the NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre (NRC-HAA). The chosen candidate will be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics or another closely related discipline who is highly motivated to engage in scientific projects at the NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre (NRC-HAA). Plaskett Fellows undertake leading-edge research activities in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. The successful candidate will:
•Conduct original research independently and in collaboration with NRC-HAA staff members.
•Contribute to the scientific exploitation of NRC-HAA resources, particularly, but not limited to, the expertise of scientific and technical staff, and the astronomical facilities and infrastructure administered by NRC-HAA such as: ALMA, CFHT, the Gemini Observatory, the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC), and the instrumentation labs.
•Engage with the astronomical community to advance Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics mandate to provide astronomical facilities and services to Canadian researchers. NRC-HAA is a leading developer of instrumentation for current and future ground- and space-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JWST, MSE, SKA, TMT). The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre also hosts the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (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 Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics weekly seminars, which run from September to April.

For background information on the Plaskett fellowship program, please go to:
Information on the staff and their research interests is available at

Screening Criteria
Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:

As part of the RA Program you must have received your PhD in astronomy or astrophysics within the last 5 years or you expect to receive the degree within the next 6 months.

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•Five years or less experience in astronomical or astrophysical research beyond the PhD.
•Experience in reducing and analysing/modelling astronomical data in one or more of the UV, optical, IR, and mm/submm wavebands from ground- and/or space-based observatories or from astronomical data archives.
•Experience in publishing international calibre astronomical research papers in the refereed scientific literature.

Condition of Employment
Reliability Status

Language requirements

Assessment Criteria
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies
•Expert knowledge of astronomy/astrophysics in one or more areas of forefront research.
•Expert ability to plan and execute astronomical observations using ground-and/or space-based telescopes.
•Advanced knowledge of the exploitation of astronomical data, including reduction techniques and software and the analysis and interpretation of such data.
•Advanced knowledge of sophisticated physical and/or statistical modelling of complex astronomical data sets.
•Ability to conceive, organize, conduct, and publish independent astrophysical research of international calibre.

Behavioural Competencies
•Research – Communication (Level 2)
•Research – Creative thinking (Level 3)
•Research – Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)
For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Research
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Application Requirements
In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.
•Curriculum Vitae (CV)
•Cover Letter
•List of Publications
•Research proposal no longer than 3 pages. The proposal should highlight areas that are relevant to one or more of the facilities and/or groups at the Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre.
•Two letters of reference*

*Applicants will arrange for two letters of reference to be directed to with the following in the subject line:
7348_ [Applicant Last Name][Applicant First Name]

Unique to this RA competition, transcripts and copies of degrees will only be required to be submitted at the offer stage.

When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments».

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC’s directives.

Salary Range
From $55,541 to $157,009 per annum.
The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.
As a guide, the current annual Ph.D. recruiting rate is $72,052.

•Research Associates will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
•Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
•The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (7348) to:
Telephone: 613-991-1125
Closing Date: 18 November 2019 – 23:59 Eastern Time

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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.

Date Modified: 2019-09-27

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