The University of Toronto <https://www.utoronto.ca/> invites applications
for Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Dunlap Institute for
Astronomy and Astrophysics <http://www.dunlap.utoronto.ca/>. This growing
unit pursues groundbreaking research in experimental astrophysics, in
close collaboration with Toronto colleagues in the Department of Astronomy
and Astrophysics <http://www.astro.utoronto.ca/>(DAA), the Canadian
Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics <http://www.cita.utoronto.ca/>
(CITA) and the Centre for Planetary Sciences
Dunlap Fellows are expected to conduct a program of original research
either independently or in collaboration with others at the University,
and will be offered professional development and mentoring across a range
of areas relevant to a scientific career. Candidates will be selected on
the basis of potential for innovative research in instrumentation,
software, or observations, and on their ability to further the goals and
activities of the Dunlap Institute. Fellows have access to laboratories,
computing clusters and fabrication facilities, and can propose for
additional internal support for their experimental or computational plans.
Dunlap Fellows are also strongly encouraged to participate in the
Institute’s outreach and training initiatives. The range of activities and
opportunities in research, outreach and training can be seen in the annual
reports on the Dunlap Institute’s web site.
The Dunlap Institute, DAA, CITA and CPS together host over 130 staff and
students in astronomy, who conduct a diverse research program across
instrumentation, observation, 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
The Dunlap Institute is committed to an inclusive and flexible workplace.
We encourage applications from qualified applicants of all sexual
orientations and gender expressions, members of visible minorities,
Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and potential
dual-academic-career hires. Subject to immigration regulations,
successful candidates will be given the option to take up their
Fellowships as part-time appointments (such a request need not be made as
part of a candidate’s initial application and will not be disclosed to the
Appointments are initially for three years, with a subsequent possibility
of extension for one further year subject to outstanding performance in
public outreach and education activities. Dunlap Fellowships include an
annual salary of CAD $70,056 plus generous benefits
research allowance of CAD $18,000 per year, relocation assistance, and the
opportunity to request additional research funds from the Dunlap Institute.
The approximate expected starting date is September 1, 2019. Applicants
must have earned a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field at
the time of appointment. Only applicants with a PhD awarded on or after
January 1, 2014, will be considered, except in the case of career
interruption or other extenuating circumstances.
All application materials must be submitted online by November 30, 2018.
In service of our goals of an unbiased and equitable hiring process, an
initial evaluation of applicants will be made via a 300-word anomymised
summary of the applicant’s proposed research program, which should be
submitted via the online form. Applicants should also submit (in a single
file in PDF format) a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication
list, and a 3-page detailed description of their proposed research
program. Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters
directly to the Dunlap Institute via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30, 2018.
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
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