University of Calgary: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Optical / Near-infrared Astronomy

Job ID: 22502

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Optical/Near-infrared Astronomy with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2022 or later.

The successful candidate will build a vibrant, independent research program in observational optical/NIR astronomy that will contribute to and complement existing research excellence in areas that include the large-scale interstellar medium, astrochemistry, galactic magnetism, star formation, nuclear astrophysics, x-ray astronomy and gamma ray sources. You will join a group of internationally recognized experts in computational astrophysics and observational astronomy spanning wavelengths from the radio to gamma rays, who are involved in multiple major national and international instrumentation projects. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is also home to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO), a premier facility for undergraduate student instruction, public education and outreach, with over 10,000 visitors annually.

Applicants must possess a PhD in Astrophysics, Physics, or equivalent at the time of appointment and experience at the postdoctoral level is highly desirable. Successful applicants must be enthusiastic about contributing to teaching and research, and demonstrate the potential to excel in both. Specifically, the successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of the following:

•Potential to develop a productive, sustained, externally-funded research program utilizing state-of-the-art observatories and instruments
•Demonstrated record or potential to deliver high-quality instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including observational astronomy courses utilizing astrophysical observatories including the RAO
•Ability to provide effective graduate supervision
•Strong track record of publications in high quality peer-reviewed scientific journals with impact in the discipline
•Demonstrated ability and capacity to collaborate and work well as part of a team
•Commitment to supporting an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via UCalgary Careers (https://careers.ucalgary.ca/).  A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:

•Cover letter
•Current curriculum vitae
•Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max)
•Teaching Dossier and/or Evidence of teaching effectiveness
•Statement describing the candidate’s contributions, or potential contributions to, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student, staff, and faculty body
•Names and contact information of three references

For more information and to apply for the position (Job ID# 22502), please visit: https://careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/6496782-assistant-professor-optical-slash-near-infrared-astronomy-department-of-physics-and-astronomy-faculty-of-science

Questions can be addressed to:
Dr. David Knudsen, Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Email: knudsen@ucalgary.ca
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive
Calgary AB T2N 1N4

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.
The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information
To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

Teaching Faculty Position: Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

**Please note: all information below may also be found on the Simon Fraser University Website. Here: https://www.sfu.ca/physics/about-us/employment/faculty-positions.html#Posting

At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community engagement lies Simon Fraser University, Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Peoples. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU’s excellence as an engaged university is derived from our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, indigenization and reconciliation.

The Opportunity

The Department of Physics invites applications for a full-time Lecturer to commence July 15, 2021; the majority of the teaching associated with this position will occur at SFU’s Surrey campus. We are searching for an individual with a passion for teaching and communicating physics to undergraduates and the public and a colleague with an interest in working in a collaborative team-based environment. The Department of Physics engages a faculty complement consisting of 5 teaching-focused and 25 research-focused faculty members. We have strong undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to public outreach. Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of condensed matter, biological physics, particle physics and cosmology, AMO physics and quantum information science. For further information about our department and programs, we invite prospective candidates to visit our home page at www.sfu.ca/physics.

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to our undergraduate program in a variety of ways including coordinating undergraduate labs, teaching lecture and studio courses, training and mentoring teaching assistants, participating in outreach activities, and showing leadership in undergraduate physics education. They will demonstrate willingness and openness to the creation of an inclusive learning environment for a diverse student body.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics and should have a marked interest in and demonstrated ability for teaching at the undergraduate level. A minimum of two years’ experience as a physics instructor at the post-secondary level with duties including curriculum design and teaching assistant supervision is preferred. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and communicating physics to the public through outreach events, outstanding communication skills, and enthusiasm for new course and instructional laboratory development. The successful candidate’s teaching and service track record will illustrate our shared values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and our commitment to respectful interactions with all students, staff and faculty.

How To Apply

To apply, applicants should provide:

  • A cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, including how you would contribute to SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • An up-to-date, full curriculum vitae;
  • A teaching portfolio that includes a two-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a summary of experience with and understanding of inclusive teaching and equity-deserving-student needs, as well as other evidence of teaching strengths
  • The names and email addresses of at least three individuals who will be able to comment on your teaching strengths

All applications should be addressed to Dr. Barbara Frisken, Chair, Department of Physics, submitted via an online application form. The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on April 15, 2021. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Dr. Frisken by sending email to physchr@sfu.ca.

In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html

Executive Director, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Director of the  Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Located on Maunakea, Hawai’i,  the 3.6m CFHT has historically been a world leader in wide-field  optical and near infrared imaging and, with the recently commissioned  instruments SPIRou and SITELLE, now also plays important roles in the  search for exoplanets around low-mass stars and the study of emission  line objects in the nearby and distant universe. We are seeking an  innovative and creative leader who, while maximizing the scientific  output of the current instrumentation suite, will usher CFHT into a  new era of scientific discoveries by taking a proactive role in the  advancement of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), endorsed by  the CFHT Partners and Board of Directors as the most scientifically  impactful future redevelopment of the site. The new CFHT Executive  Director will also represent CFHT within the Maunakea Observatories in  all negotiations regarding the renewal of the Maunakea Master Lease  and CFHT sublease.

CFHT has a staff of approximately 50 and operates with a US$8M annual  budget. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of the CFHT  Corporation, a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of  Hawaii. Current members of the Corporation are the National Research  Council of Canada, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of  France, and the University of Hawaii. The Executive Director is  responsible to the Board for managing all aspects of the Corporation,  including the operation of the telescope, the implementation of the  observatory’s scientific and technical program, the appointment of  personnel, the preparation of budgets, the administration of financial  affairs, communications, and the negotiations of international  agreements. The Executive Director is also responsible for pursuing  extramural funding and potential associate partners, as directed by  the Board.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a closely related field,  or equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful  applicant will be committed to promote, within the Observatory, a  diverse, inclusive environment and a sense of belonging, and to foster  a culture of understanding and reconciliation with the native Hawaiian  community.  In addition, the following qualifications are considered  desirable:
●    Strong scientific leadership and an established record of research  achievement;
●    Successful experience in administration and management, including  overseeing the technical and/or scientific enterprise of an  observatory or other astronomy institute;
●    Proven skills in institutional and international relations;
●    Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills, and a  proven record of effective communications with governing bodies,  staff, funding agencies, local community, and the astronomical  community at large;
●    Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams;
●    Successful experience in acting as an ambassador on behalf of their  organization and/or of the community at large;
●    Experience with the development, procurement or deployment of new  instrumentation.

The Executive Director is expected to reside on Hawai’i Island, and to  take office in the CFHT Headquarters located in Waimea (Kamuela). A  competitive salary will be offered and the Corporation provides a  comprehensive benefit package. The starting date for the position is  negotiable, and could be as early as September 2021. The Executive  Director term is five years and can be extended upon review.

Post Offer / Employment conditions: To comply with the requirement to  work occasionally at the observatory’s altitude of 4200 meters, the  applicant must pass a post-offer high altitude medical exam.  Documentation to verify eligibility for employment in the United  States will have to be furnished at the start of work.

How to apply: All applicants must submit their application through our  confidential online portal at https://cfht.applicantpro.com/jobs/ .   The full position description may also be downloaded at that site.   Applications should include a Cover Letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a  statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the names of at  least three references who may be contacted for confidential  evaluations. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021, and  the position will remain open until filled. All applications will be  confidential to the CFHT Board of Directors and Search Committee.   Potential applicants with questions about the position or the search  are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Search Committee at  employment@cfht.hawaii.edu.

CFHT is committed to diversity and inclusion, and is proud to be an  Equal Opportunity Employer.