Optical Senior Lead (PC-04) /Optical Specialist (PC-03).

Name: Michael Maszkiewicz
Affiliation: Canadian Space Agency

An opportunity has been advertised for the following positions:

  • Optical Senior Lead (PC-04)
  • Optical Specialist (PC-03)

You can view the opportunities at the following web page:

Selection process number: 20-CSA-EA-8513
Closing date: December 4th, 2020

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The First Canada-Wide Diversity in Physics Survey

(Survey closes 23h59 EST on Monday, November 30)

To: Physicists in academia, industry and government within Canada
Students pursuing a physics degree at a Canadian institution

From: Canadian Association of Physicists;
Kevin Hewitt and Anastasia Smolina,
Co-editors PiC special issue – Inclusivity for Excellence in the Physics Community in Canada

Subject: Invitation to participate in the first annual CAP EDI survey (and be entered for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards)

PLEASE NOTE: First year undergraduate students who receive this message should only complete this survey if you are enrolled in a Physics programs/pursing a physics degree.


Physics is a quantitative science which relies on measurements to understand the natural world and validate hypotheses. Its success is based on that commitment to measurement, and the same is true of our desire to create a more inclusive environment in the Physics community in Canada. There has never been a comprehensive survey of the diversity of the Physics community in Canada, whereas the US has been collecting these statistics for several decades.

The objective of the first annual CAP Diversity survey is to understand how identity, age, first-in-family status, field of study, province of residence, employment and educational outcomes, income, family and child care responsibilities, culture and climate, language, and citizenship influences participation in physics-related industrial workforce, government and academia. This study has been approved by Dalhousie Research Ethics Board on Oct. 27, 2020 (REB file # 2020-5261).

The raw data will be stored securely on the Canadian Association of Physicists Wufoo Canadian server, and will also be backed up on a secure Dalhousie server. Publication of the results in CAP’s Physics in Canada issues will follow strict guidelines, including reporting in aggregate form when the number of respondents in a given category is less than 5. While the Physics community in Canada may be among the last to conduct such a wide-ranging survey of the field, we hope the delay will be offset by the quality of the data.

Academic, industrial and government leaders could identify potential interventions to create a more vibrant and inclusive community for excellence, further advancing the field. We hope you will participate in the survey. As an added incentive, and to thank you for your time, you can choose to enter a draw for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards at the end of the survey.

Please follow the link below to participate in the survey


You should discuss any questions you have about this study with Kevin Hewitt and Anastasia Smolina. Please ask as many questions as you like before or after participating by contacting us via email or phone: 902-494-2315 or (Kevin Hewitt) and (Anastasia Smolina).

If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research, you may contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie University at (902) 494-3423, or email ethics@dal.ca (and reference REB file # 2020-5261).

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NOVEMBER FAST TURNAROUND CALL for Both Gemini North and South

Dear Gemini Users,

Please be reminded of the Fast Turnaround proposal deadline at the end of this month, November 30th at 23:59 Hawaiian Standard Time. Gemini-South will be accepting Fast Turnaround proposals too this month! Successful proposals from this cycle will stay active in the queue from January 2021 until March 2021.

The FT program has been used to conduct pilot studies or stand-alone science projects, complete data sets, and follow up newly-discovered objects, although we welcome proposals for any kind of project with scientific value.

To access the Fast Turnaround proposal templates and get full details about the program, please see the latest FT Call for Proposals at:

Good luck,

Stéphanie Côté,
for the Canadian Gemini Office,
Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre
National Research Council Canada
5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria BC V9E 2E7
Government of Canada

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DAO 2021 first quarter proposal deadline

The deadline for applications for time on the DAO 1.2-m and 1.8-m telescopes for the first quarter of 2021, 4 January through 31 March, is 1 December 2020.

Despite the DAO site being closed to most staff and visitors since mid-March because of COVID-19, both telescopes have continued to operate robotically throughout the pandemic. While the 1.2-m telescope has been available for robotic observations with its McKellar spectrograph for many years, the Plaskett 1.8-m Telescope is now also available for robotic imaging on a shared-risk basis.

The 1.2-m spectrograph can provide spectra with dispersions between 40.9 Å/mm and 2.4Å/mm with wavelength coverage determined by the 61.4 mm long SITe-4 CCD. Most 1.8-m imaging programs are currently carried out with SDSS filters but Johnson/Kron-Cousins filters are also available. The imaging FOV is 23.9’ x 10.6’ and the E2V-1 detector is normally binned by a factor of 2 for a scale of 0.6” per binned pixel.

If you are interested in applying for time please contact me (david.bohlender@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca) to obtain a LaTeX template for your proposal. Dmitry Monin (dmitry.monin@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca) and I can also provide more information about each telescope’s capabilities and limitations. For example, the 1.8-m telescope has a number of pointing restrictions required for safe robotic operation.

Thanks and stay safe!

David Bohlender

David Bohlender, Research Officer
Canadian Astronomy Data Centre & Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
National Research Council of Canada
5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
Tel 250-363-0025 | Fax 250-363-0045 | david.bohlender@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Tenure-track physics laboratory instructor at the University of Regina

Lab Instructor II (Tenure-Track), Department of Physics


The Department of Physics at the University of Regina invites  applications for a tenure-track laboratory instructor position  (Laboratory Instructor II) starting July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will coordinate, teach, manage and develop undergraduate  laboratories in physics. In addition, this person will be responsible  for supervising graduate teaching assistants and contributing to  administration and service (including outreach activities) at the  department, faculty and university levels.

We are seeking an individual who possesses expertise with in person  physics lab teaching. The individual should also have experience with  remote-delivery teaching which, during the pandemic, may be required  over a sustained period (e.g. entire semesters). Applicants must  possess, at minimum, an M.Sc. in Physics or a closely-related  discipline. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in  teaching, especially in a physics laboratory setting. It is highly  desirable for the candidate to have experience using best practices in  science teaching, developing students’ oral and written communication  skills, and incorporating modern approaches to data collection,  analysis, and presentation into lab exercises. The successful  candidate will possess experience with personnel and laboratory  management, laboratory safety, and community outreach. Experience with  troubleshooting and use of physics lab equipment, electronics, and  computers is an asset. We are looking for someone who is innovative,  enthusiastic, collegial, and who interacts with colleagues and  students in a fair- minded and professional manner.

Situated on Treaty 4 land in beautiful Wascana Park, one of the  largest urban parks in North America, the University of Regina,  together with its three federated colleges, is a comprehensive  institution emphasizing excellence in teaching and research, as well  as public service. Cross-disciplinary teaching and experiential  learning are strongly supported. The University of Regina was  established in 1974 and has grown steadily to its present student body  of 16,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Further information  about our department is available at:  http://www.uregina.ca./science/physics. To apply for the position,  submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching  philosophy through the University of Regina’s Human Resources Website  (http://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/index.html). You will also be  required to submit the names and email addresses of three professional  references who may be contacted with instructions on how to submit a  letter of reference. Candidates will be evaluated based on their prior  experience and their future potential for contributions to high  quality laboratory-based teaching, according to the criteria described  above.

Closing date for applications is November 30, 2020.

The University of Regina is committed to achieving a representative  workforce. Qualified diversity group members are encouraged to self  identify on their application. All qualified candidates are encouraged  to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given  priority.

CSA Financial Support for JWST ERS (Early Release Science) and Cycle 1  Call for Proposals

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) wishes to convey certain details to  future users of Canadian observation programs  (https://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/jwst/programs.asp) with the  James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

•    The CSA intends to fund the ERS and Cycle 1 projects of the JWST mission.
•    As a result of the CSA’s contribution to the mission, Canadian astronomers should receive at least five percent of available open  observation time in addition to the 450 hours of Guaranteed Observation Time (GTO) to the Canadian science team of JWST.
•    The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) recently published a  call for proposals for JWST Cycle 1 (see https://jwst-docs.stsci.edu/jwst-opportunities-and-policies/jwst-call-for-proposals-for-cycle-1)
•    Reminder: The deadline to submit a proposal to STScI for Cycle 1 is  November 24, 2020.
•    Canadian astronomers are encouraged to submit proposals in response  to this open invitation to the international astronomical community. A  total budget of approximately $ 780,000 (in Canadian dollars) will be  allocated to fund successful Canadian astronomers in the ERS and Cycle  1 competitions.
•    Selected proposals from Canadian Principal Investigators (PCs),  Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PCs) and Co-Investigators (Co-Cs) will  be eligible for funding. Priority will be given to PI, Co-PI and Co-I  General Observer (GO) programs over Archival Research (AR) programs in  the distribution of funds.
•    Announcement of NASA-selected proposals will take place in spring  2021. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a grant  application to the CSA for their project.
•    Grant applications will be evaluated according to the evaluation  criteria of the research component of the CSA grants and contributions program  (https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/funding-programs/grants-and-contributions-snapshot.asp).

Postdoctoral Position in CMB Analysis and Pipeline Development

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on scientific and technical problems related to the Simons Observatory (SO) Collaboration, a microwave experiment under construction in the Atacama desert.

Submission Information
Publish Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Archive Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
To event remaining 41 days

Job Summary
Job Category: Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: Large Academic Institution/Company: University of Toronto
Department Name: Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
City: Toronto
State/Province: Ontario
Country: Canada

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on scientific and technical problems related to the Simons Observatory (SO) Collaboration, a microwave experiment under construction in the Atacama desert.

The appointee is expected to contribute to the success of the SO collaboration via the development of relevant software, data processing working under the direct supervision of Prof. Renée Hložek and Prof. Adam Hincks and in partnership with the SO Data Manager and the SO Pipeline Working Group (PWG). 50% of the research time for the position will directly be related to SO pipeline development, applicants will also be encouraged to conduct independent research in areas relevant to SO science. People with skills in collaborative software development and in analysis of CMB time-ordered data, and with experience in python, C++ and HPC systems are all encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Hložek for additional information on the position and on the SO collaboration before submitting their application.

The Dunlap Institute pursues groundbreaking astronomical research across the electromagnetic spectrum, through innovative approaches to instrumentation, data-driven science and observations, alongside a substantive commitment to outreach and training. The Dunlap Institute is co-located with and has strong ties to the University of Toronto’s David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (DADDAA) and to the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). These three units together host more than 150 staff and students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across instrumentation, observations, computation and theory. The Dunlap Institute is located on a beautiful 19th century campus in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. Rated as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, Toronto offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor pursuits, outstanding food and music, and a vibrant and diverse cultural community.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment. Applicants should have a PhD awarded on or after January 1, 2016 (career interruptions or other extenuating circumstances will be accommodated, and should be noted in the cover letter). The other selection criteria for this position are demonstrated experience in processing of large astronomical surveys, pipelines or catalogs; and evidence of proficiency in oral and written communication. Additional desirable but not essential criteria are: prior expertise in CMB analysis and cosmological inference; and a demonstrated ability to supervise research students. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of further extensions. The position comes with an annual starting salary of CAD $66,330 plus generous benefits, an annual research allowance, relocation assistance, and the opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute.

The Dunlap Institute is committed to an inclusive and flexible workplace. We encourage applications from qualified applicants of all sexual orientations and gender expressions, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities. Subject to immigration regulations, the successful candidate will be given the option to take up the position as a part-time appointment if needed (e.g., for parental leave). Such a request need not be made as part of a candidate’s initial application.

The nominal starting date for the position is October 1, 2021. All application materials must be submitted online at AcademicJobsOnline by December 15, 2020. Applicants should submit (in PDF format): a cover letter explicitly addressing the above selection criteria; a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a one-page summary of future research interests. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead and signed) uploaded through AcademicJobsOnline directly by the writers by December 15, 2020.

The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

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.

To apply online, please go to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17355

Related URLs:
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Selection Deadline:
Monday, February 15, 2021
Current Status of Position:
Accepting Applicants

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